Long on Trubisky: 'Guys believe in him. We're lucky to have him'

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Long on Trubisky: 'Guys believe in him. We're lucky to have him'

Kyle Long is healthy and was back to doing what he loves on Friday as the Chicago Bears kicked off training camp with the first practice session of the summer.

"I got to hit other guys, and that was fun," Long said after practice.

Long, who's one of the most recognizable players on the Bears and the team's most outspoken personality on social media, confirmed Friday that the locker room now belongs to quarterback Mitch Trubisky. 

"He's really taking ownership of this locker room. It's not something that's forced; it's organic. The guys believe in him. We're lucky to have him."

Long joked that Trubisky's maturation included a beard and a deeper voice. 

"He’s a grown man now. He’s got some facial hair. He has some bass in his voice."

Trubisky's growth on the field will be just as important as what he's done off of it since January.

There will be a few bumps in the road early in training camp. Defense is usually ahead of the offense for the first week or so. Combine that with Trubisky learning a new system, and the first few days will probably have more negative than positive offensive reviews.

And that's where the confidence Long is talking about is so important. If the team believes in Trubisky, he'll have the opportunity to work through the lows and get the offense where it needs to be by Week 1 without any locker room whispers.

With Long watching his back (both on and off the field), Trubisky will be just fine.

Danny Trevathan misses Bears practice with hamstring injury

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Danny Trevathan misses Bears practice with hamstring injury

The Chicago Bears kicked off 2018's training camp in a downpour but still managed to complete a full practice session on Friday.

After yesterday's good news about the team's overall health (no players will start camp on the PUP list), coach Matt Nagy told reporters Friday that starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was held out because of a hamstring injury.

Trevathan has battled a variety of injuries since joining the Bears in 2016. He's appeared in only 21 games over the last two seasons and while hamstring injuries early in training camp are common, the Bears can't afford to have this become a lingering issue for Trevathan.

Chicago was without both starting linebackers on Friday as rookie first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned. Ryan Pace said Thursday that the Bears are optimistic Smith will be in the fold soon, but we're officially Day 1 into a Smith holdout.

Trevathan wasn't the only player to miss the team's first practice. Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and Joshua Bellamy (strep throat) were also sidelined. Nagy said none of the injuries were very serious.

The Bears will hold their first padded practice on July 21.

Tarik Cohen says he only brought two things to Bears training camp

Tarik Cohen says he only brought two things to Bears training camp

Tarik Cohen is a budding superstar for the Chicago Bears not only because of his dazzling highlight-reel plays on Sundays but also because of his off-field personality and light-hearted approach to the game.

He reported to Bears camp with the rest of the team's veterans Thursday and showed reporters the two items he claimed were all he brought to Bourbonnais:

Nice try, Tarik.