Long underwent three separate operations this offseason on his neck, shoulder and elbow, but he has done well with his rehab and appears ready to go as the team returns to the field for the start of training camp. After playing all but one game in his first three seasons, Long has seen the field in just 18 games between the last two campaigns. Assuming he can stay healthy, Long should slot in as the team's starting right guard again in 2018.
Head coach Matt Nagy indicated Thursday that he anticipates Long (shoulder) being "good to go" by the time training camp rolls around, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Long participated in some individual drills early during OTAs in May after undergoing three offseason surgeries to repair various issue. It appears his recovery is going well and, if he's ready to go by camp as expected, he should resume his duties as the team's starting right guard entering 2018.
Long (shoulder) has been participating in individual drills during practice, Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Long's progression appears to be encouraging given his limited availability in the early going. As long as he avoids any setbacks, Long should be fully ready to go before the start of the regular season. The team hopes he'll be ready to partake in team drills in the coming weeks.
Long underwent surgeries on his neck, shoulder and elbow this offseason but is feeling great, Dan Wiederer of The Chicago Tribune reports. "If it were up to me, I'd be full go right now. I feel as if I am. But there are certain things that are time-sensitive that we have to follow a certain timeline with -- the neck being one of them," Long said of the injuries Tuesday. "It's not something you want to take lightly. We're going to take all the time we need, but there will be no limitations once the season rolls around."
Long has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, ending the year on injured reserve both times. He'll now shift his focus to getting ready for the regular season, in hopes that he'll be flying around the field once again. Look for more updates on his status to come once training camp opens up, as there is no set timetable for his return yet.
Long, who underwent season-ending surgery on his neck Dec. 19, said this week during an interview with the "Carmen and Jurko" show on WMVP-AM 1000 that he would also undergo offseason surgery to address a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports. "There's going to be some work done with [the labrum] for sure," Long said.
Long first tore the labrum in the 2016 preseason but went on to play eight games during that regular season and 10 contests in 2017 before being shut down on account of the more pressing neck issue. While the Bears monitor Long's recovery from at least two procedures, it's unlikely that he'll take part in the team's offseason program, though there's more optimism regarding his availability for training camp.
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