Kyle Long's 2017 debut will have to wait another week as the Bears officially ruled out their Pro Bowl guard for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In fact, he didn't even travel with the team on Saturday afternoon.
Long continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered last November — in Tampa Bay — that required offseason surgery.
The fact he was listed as questionable all week, however, signals he's inching closer to a return, and it could come Week 3 when the Bears welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to town.
Tom Compton is expected to start at left guard once again.
Allen Robinson may be the most anticipated new Chicago Bears player to watch in this year's training camp. He was signed to save the receiving corps. He was signed to make big plays and bring Bears fans to their feet. Simply put, he was signed to transform Chicago's offense.
In order to do that, however, he must prove that he's fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered in last year's season opener. Robinson has had some on-field work in offseason minicamps but is yet to be a full participant. He should have no restrictions other than scheduled rest days now that training camp is upon us.
If there was any doubt about his psyche coming off such a serious injury, he put it to rest with an awesome video he shared on social media.
Get ready Bears fans. A-Rob is coming.
Take a look:
At the time of this writing, Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned. And with the team's veterans reporting for training camp today, if Smith is not in Bourbonnais by the close of business, he'll officially be a holdout.
Don't panic, Bears fans. This is an unusual year for GM Ryan Pace and the rest of the front office when it comes to negotiating with the team's first-round pick. Chicago is beginning training camp a week earlier than most clubs because of the Hall of Fame game, which means Pace is at a disadvantage. In reality, Smith has to hold out for several days -- if not more than a week -- before a red flag needs to go up.
Assuming the business side of the game gets resolved, Smith will bring a beastly presence to the second level of Chicago's defense. In fact, he's expected to be so productive that Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer recently pegged him as the likely winner of the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award:
And if I had to pick a Defensive Rookie of the Year right now—and this would break Ohio State’s two-year stranglehold on the award (Sorry, Denzel Ward)—it would be Smith, whom the Bears took with the eigth overall pick. We’ve seen players at that spot (San Francisco’s Patrick Willis, New England’s Jerod Mayo and Carolina’s Luke Kuechly) assimilate to the pro game quickly in the recent past, and win the award. And I think the Georgia phenom is on that level.
The last Bears linebacker to win Defensive Rookie of the Year was Brian Urlacher, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.
If Smith has anything close to the impact Urlacher had during his career in Chicago, he'll go down as one of Pace's greatest decisions as the team's general manager.