John Fox isn't sure when Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller will be back in action.
After Thursday's preseason game against the New England Patriots, Fox told reporters that Fuller, who didn't make the trip to Massachusetts with the team, had a "knee scope."
When asked how long Fuller would be sidelined for, Fox had little detail to offer.
"I’m not really big on that because it really never works out," Fox said, refusing a timetable for Fuller's return. "So I would call it week to week."
Fuller has been bothered by the injury throughout training camp and the preseason.
"Well, I think injuries, kind of get in the way of progress," Fox said. "You know, it was kind of getting worse and worse and didn’t get better and I’m not a big fan of doing the same old stuff. I use a different word most of the time, but I think, you know, it was kind of bothering him, so we wanted to see and get it fixed. I think when he gets medically cleared, he will be back out there. You know, it’s hard for me to predict when that’s going to be."
The Bears open their regular-season schedule against the Houston Texans on Sep. 11. Will Fuller be ready by then?
"I hope everybody is ready," Fox said. "But, you know, that’s hoping."
Fox also clarified that linebacker Danny Trevathan is dealing with a hamstring strain and not a knee injury.
The new Alliance of American Football league is giving fans more of what they love on the weekend, even if it isn’t quite NFL quality on the field.
As you might expect, the Bears are tuning in too, to get another look at some of the talent available that could be headed back to the big league.
“Our pro scouts are all over that,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace told ChicagoBears.com. “We had pro scouts at their training camps that we sent down there. It’s really too early to say how many players are going to come out of there, but we’re going to be looking closely at it like we do every league.”
Pace and his scouts should already be familiar with quite a few players in the AAF who spent at least a little time in Chicago.
Former draft picks Evan Rodriguez and Will Sutton might be the biggest names among the former Bears, but plenty of UDFAs from the past are suiting up again for the next eight weeks.
Wide receiver Rashad Ross was one of the AAF’s leading receivers after the first week, and he spent part of the 2014 season with the Bears.
On the other side of the ball, cornerback De’Vante Bausby had a strong debut, just over two years since leaving Chicago in 2016.
Other top names in the AAF include former third-overall pick Trent Richardson and former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
And of course, Hall of Fame Bears linebacker Mike Singletary is the head coach of the Memphis Express.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace has some difficult financial decisions coming in free agency. He may not be able to afford re-signing both safety Adrian Amos and slot cornerback Bryce Callahan under the salary cap.
If Chicago opts to let one or both of their young defensive backs test the market, they could get plenty of attention from other teams in need of secondary help.
Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner sees the Detroit Lions as an ideal fit for Callahan, writing “The slot corner in Detroit was a mess of ineffective play all season long. Callahan was the third highest pure slot corner in the league last year.”
The Bears do have veteran Sherrick McManis as an option if Callahan signs elsewhere in free agency.
PFF also identified a landing spot for Adrian Amos, who Renner believes would be an upgrade for the Houston Texans over pending free agent Tyrann Mathieu.
Chicago won’t have the same resources to be big spenders in free agency again this year, and Pace is tasked with trying to squeeze the most out of the salary cap space he has to help the Bears take the next step in 2019.