Long (finger) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Long only played one snap last week against the Packers, as the lineman is dealing with a plethora of injuries at the moment. It seems like the veteran will power through the pain this week in hopes of playing Sunday against the Lions. Look for more updates to come once Friday's injury report is released.
Long, who played just one snap in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Packers, is likely still hampered by a litany of injuries that could prompt the Bears to shut him down for the season, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports. "I think time will tell," Bears head coach John Fox said Monday when asked whether Long will be able to play through his injuries without requiring surgery. "I think last week I didn't feel like he was quite able to practice in a full speed to be prepared. He's physically capable of being active. But again, this is a game where you have to practice to get ready for a game in a lot of cases. So he was active, so he was healthy enough, but I'm not sure he was going to be healthy enough to take 70 snaps in a game."
Long was listed as a limited participant in practice throughout last week while he dealt with a broken finger on his left hand, but according to Dickerson, that's far from the only health concern for the three-time Pro Bowler. In addition, Long has been playing through a torn labrum in his left shoulder and is suspected to be dealing with discomfort in his surgically repaired ankle. With the 3-6 Bears not in serious contention for a playoff spot, the team could decide to prioritize's Long's long-term health and have him undergo surgery for the shoulder in the near future, which would be necessary at some point anyway. If the Bears do shut down Long, Cody Whitehair would likely fill his spot at right guard while Hroniss Grasu would step in at center.
Long (finger) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Long first injured his finger in the Bears' final game before the bye week Oct. 29 against the Saints, but with two full weeks to recover from the issue, the left guard looks like he'll be in line for a full slate of snaps while Chicago takes on its division rival.
Long injured his hand and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Long injured his hand in the first half of Sunday's game. The specifics of the issue are unclear at this time. Expect Tom Compton or Bradley Sowell to fill in while Long is sidelined.
Long (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Long, who has a surgically-repaired ankle, was held out Wednesday for maintenance issues. However, he was back at it as a full participant Thursday, so he appears on track to start on the Bears' offensive line in Week 8.
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