Long (foot) has been activated from injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
It's unclear if Long will start Sunday against the Vikings, but it seems likely the guard will at least see some playing time as the Bears prepare for a potential playoff run. Long has been on injured reserve since suffering a foot injury in Week 8, but he figures to provide an immediate boost to the Bears' offensive line during a critical time of the season.
Long (foot) was designated to return from injured reserve Friday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Long landed on injured reserve after suffering the foot injury Week 8 against the Jets. The 30-year-old now has a 21-day window in which he can practice before the Bears must decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster or allow him to remain on injured reserve. The earliest Long can appear in a game is Week 17 against the Vikings, as he must remain on injured reserve for at least eight games. The veteran lineman could provide a major boost to the Bears' offensive line for the playoffs if able to return.
Coach Matt Nagy will not rule out Long (foot) as a candidate to return from injured reserve this season, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Long was able to ditch his walking boot Thursday, and appears to be progressing well in his recovery from a foot injury sustained Oct. 30. The 30-year-old would be eligible to return for Chicago's divisional tilt against the Vikings in Week 17 if he's able to get fully healthy.
Long was given a 6-to-8 week timetable for the foot injury he suffered last week against the Jets, so the move isn't overly surprising. The 29-year-old could theoretically be designated to return for the Week 17 game against the Vikings, but for now his season appears to be over. Bryan Witzmann is likely to take over starting duties at right guard for the Bears.
Long (foot) is expected to be out 6-to-8 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Long suffered a foot injury in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Jets and was seen in a walking boot on Tuesday. The timetable for his return is still up in the air as he and the Bears continue to gather more, but it's clear he'll be sidelined for an extended period of time. Bryan Witzmann is expected to draw starting duties in his absence.
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