The Chicago Bears this morning conducted the first practice of the 2016 regular season. A number of new players returned to the practice field, including G Kyle Long (shoulder) and CB Kyle Fuller (knee).
Long injured his shoulder in the the second preseason contest against the New England Patriots and has not practiced the past two-plus weeks. Fuller underwent a knee scope the second week of August and has been sidelined since.
Head coach John Fox said last week that the team expects Long to suit up for the regular-season opener against the Houston Texans and today's practice participation is a good sign to that end.
"He was out at practice today," Fox said after practice. "They’ve got tomorrow off and we’ll know more on Wednesday."
Fuller's prognosis wasn't so rosy last week but his presence on the field means he could be ready sooner than later.
The secondary also received three more boosts with the returns of CB Tracy Porter (concussion), CB Bryce Callahan and S Deon Bush. Callahan is projected to start the season as the No. 1 nickelback, while Bush looked very good in training camp and could push for a starting spot as the season progresses.
Also returning to practice was WR/KR Deonte Thompson, which is a plus for the kick-return game.
The first official injury report for Week 1 will be released this Wednesday.