Bears Practice Report: Kyle Long's 2nd Fight in 4 Days, Whitehair leaves with hurt hand, and a strong day from the secondary

Bears Practice Report: Kyle Long's 2nd Fight in 4 Days, Whitehair leaves with hurt hand, and a strong day from the secondary

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It’s only Wednesday night and Kyle Long’s already had a week to forget. 

For the third time in three practices, the Bears’ practice was interrupted by two players getting into a fight. Wednesday night’s was the most intense yet, as Long and defensive lineman Jalen Dalton started shoving as a play ended during the team’s scrimmage. Long ripped off Dalton’s helmet and started to hit the undrafted free agent with it before tossing it off the field. The altercation was the second in three practices for Long, who did not return after. (He also appeared to get physically sick on the sidelines minutes later.) 

“Well I mean we all saw what we saw and I saw the same thing,” Matt Nagy said after practice. “So you know I'm going to keep that between us internally. But it was just disappointing, you know, but we'll handle that internally and make sure that we do it the right way.” 

After a peaceful two weeks in Bourbonnais, the Bears have yet to get through a practice without a fight since they broke camp on Sunday afternoon. Long and Akiem Hicks were involved in a shoving match on Sunday, while Javon Wims and Prince Amukamara mixed it up on Tuesday afternoon. After downplaying the first two incidents as inevitable side effects of preseason drudgery, Nagy was less understanding about the most recent scrap. 

“You know, yesterday to me was a little bit more of a pillow fight,” he added. “Today I thought was a little bit, just like I said, it's disappointing… 

“... Again, it’s all that kind of stuff where we’re more mature than that. I know that I personally expect more from us.”

News and notes from Halas Hall 

  • Left guard Cody Whitehair left practice after hurting his left hand. He walked off the field with trainers, his hand wrapped in a towel, and didn’t return. Nagy declined to give specifics on the injury, but the Bears don’t consider it serious. “I don't think he [broke a finger],” he said. “I'm not even sure to tell you the truth, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be fine is what I'm told.” 

  • The Bears’ practice was structured like a real game, with a full 60-minute simulation under the lights. They had crowd noise and music blasting throughout, and even managed to include the Air Raid horn that is featured prominently at Soldier Field. “Yeah, I love that thing, I think it’s awesome,” Nagy said with a smile. “No I do, you know it’s just a part of the environment here at Soldier Field for us. The guys like it, we like it, so let's keep it going.” 

  • It was a strong day for the secondary. Kyle Fuller and Buster Skrine both had two interceptions apiece, the latter of which caught the eye of Nagy. “I thought I saw a couple nice plays from Buster,” he said. “It looked like he was flying around pretty good. Made some nice plays with the ball. Kyle Fuller made two really nice plays, with some interceptions.” 

  • Tight end Trey Burton looked as involved as he’s been since camp opened. Nagy made mention of the fact that Burton was eager to get back into the game after being “subbed” out in the 3rd quarter. 

  • Wide receiver Anthony Miller didn’t participate in practice. He’s been out with an ankle injury and Nagy declined to put a timeline on his return, only saying that he feels that Miller “is getting closer.” 


Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Redskins with JP Finlay


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JJ Stankevitz chats with NBC Sports Washington Redskins Insider JP Finlay to preview Monday night's game, which just might be a must-win for Washington (1:20).

Also, is the Redskins' defense actually as bad as it's looked in the first two games of 2019? (2:30) Will Josh Norman shadow Allen Robinson and try to shut him down? (6:15)

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WATCH: NFL Films breaks down final moments of Bears vs. Broncos

WATCH: NFL Films breaks down final moments of Bears vs. Broncos

The Chicago Bears avoided the dreaded 0-2 start by defeating the Denver Broncos last Sunday in what's become something of an instant classic for Bears fans. Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard game-winner injected life into an otherwise lifeless start to the season, and while it was incredible to watch unfold live, NFL Films' recap of the final minute is goosebump-inducing. 

"We need one second and the ball," Matt Nagy said in the Bears locker room after the win. "And that's a credit to you guys for never giving up. I dont care about stats, we got the dub!"

The Nagy-booms that followed were epic. Check it out: