The Bears were one of the more healthy teams in the NFL entering the season, but after one game, the war of attrition starts to begin.
Chicago still doesn’t have a long injury list, but a few players were added to the mix after Sunday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Right guard Kyle Long missed the team’s first practice of the week on Thursday with an ankle injury, while slot cornerback Bryce Callahan was limited with a knee injury.
DeAndre Houston-Carson and Daniel Brown were both on the report last week and sidelined for Sunday’s game. The third-year safety will still be out as he recovers from a broken forearm, but it appears the veteran tight end could be back in action on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
Long received a veteran’s day off last week, but the ankle injury appears to be somewhat more significant. He had ankle surgery this offseason for an injury that bothered him all of last season, but it isn’t clear whether this new ailment is related.
If this injury proves to be serious, rookie James Daniels would be the next in line to start, although the team might consider moving Eric Kush to right guard to fit Daniels in on the left side where he might be more comfortable.
The Bears still have two more practices before their Week 2 game, and Matt Nagy should provide clarity on his starting right guard before too long. It’s far too early for Bears fans to panic.
On Monday evening, the Bears released a statement from George McCaskey regarding the recent death of George Floyd:
A week ago another unarmed African-American man died at the hands of a white police officer. We are witnessing the anger and frustration play out in protests across the nation, including Chicago. We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again. As an organization, we have addressed it internally by offering unconditional support to our family of staff, coaches and players, and today Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy spent the allotted two hours of team meeting time listening to and healing together with our players and the coaching staff. Through our voice, our actions and our resources, it is our obligation to lead. We will continue to work with our player-led social justice committee to provide funding and exposure to local organizations dedicated to empowering communities that have been oppressed for far too long. We’re proud to support organizations like BUILD Chicago, I Grow Chicago, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Youth Guidance, among others, who are doing great work in these communities and we encourage fans to partner with us in supporting them. Our commitment is to continue to be an active participant in change.
Though they don't use his name specifically, it's clearly a reference to Floyd's death, as they Bears joined (most) teams across the country in issuing statements condemning the abuse of power among law enforcement officials.
There is a lot of debate happening in the country right now, and it's complex and nuanced.
For some reason, on Monday evening, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher felt his input was necessary.
Urlacher hopped on over to Grant Hill's (??) Instagram account, jumped into the comments section, where the most useful and productive conversation always takes place, and weighed in.
It's no surprise Urlacher is pleased with President Trump's handling of the situation, he visited him in the Oval Office earlier this year and called it a "once in a lifetime experience."
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