Chicago Bears three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long strained his calf late in the first practice of training camp yesterday.
After the injury, Long came to the sidelines and slammed his helmet to the ground and I saw him later at the cafeteria with a walking boot on his left foot.
Long did not practice today and the Bears have not set a timetable for his return.
"I don't put time frames because I don't know and so I can't tell you," head coach John Fox said after practice. "We just take it day-to-day. it's a calf strain and it was mentioned that he's in a boot, well that kind of helps facilitate the healing of a calf strain."
Fox was asked if Long has had an MRI on the calf.
"We're doing all of the evaluations and when our medical people deem him healthy he'll be back, but they have all that at their disposal," he said.
For his part, Long sent out a Tweet saying he'll be fine.
The Bears have not yet finalized a starting offensive line, so Long's absence to open training camp is far from ideal. With Long out today, Ted Larsen took first-team reps at right guard. Larsen is battling for a starting gig at left guard, so at the very least, the Long injury will give Chicago's coaching staff more looks at Larsen with the first team.
"I think it's important to have them all out there. The reality is guys get nicked during the process of camp and preparation," Fox said. "You know the good part of it is you get some other guys some opportunities and that helps you build your depth."
Long showed clairvoyance two days ago on the eve of training camp when discussing the reality of injuries.
"In a perfect world, you’d love to be able to say, ‘These are our 11. These are our five O-linemen. That’s what we’re doing.’ But as you guys know, the game of football, anything can happen," Long said on Wednesday. "If I stub a toe on that door, I can’t go tomorrow, who’s going to be at right guard? That’s kind of the nature of the beast. We’ll be really lucky if we get to have a seamless transition into the season but we know how football goes, so knock on wood. That’s just part of the game."
The Bears have been banged up the first two practices of camp. TE Khari Lee and NT Terry Williams have shoulder sprains, while CB Brandon Boykin strained his pec. In addition, OLB Leonard Floyd, OLB Roy Robertson-Harris and OT Nick Becton did not practice today due to illness, while CB Bryce Callahan, DL Ego Ferguson and WR Josh Bellamy all left early due to cramps.