Highlights from Day 2 of Chicago Bears Training Camp
It only took a day, but we have our first major headline for Chicago Bears training camp 2016. Kyle Long did not participate in practice Friday, as he continues to nurse a calf strain. Head coach John Fox didn’t have a timeline for Long’s injury, but he did call it “day-to-day.”
"“I don’t put time frames, because I don’t know, so I can’t tell you,” Fox said. “We’re doing all the evaluations. When all the medical deem him healthy, he’ll be back.”"
With Long sitting on the sidelines for now, newly signed Bear and former Arizona Cardinal Ted Larsen got to see time with the first team. While injuries obviously deal a blow to teams no matter what, Fox focused on the positives of getting other players in the mix.
“The reality is there’s a lot of guys getting nicked during the process of camp and preparation,” he said. “A good part of it is it gives some other guys some opportunities and it helps build your depth.”
Besides Long, tight end Khari Lee (shoulder), offensive tackle Nick Becton (illness) and linebackers Roy Robertson-Harris (illness) and Leonard Floyd (illness) also did not participate in practice.
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During practice, Fox said cornerback Brandon Boykin suffered from a pec strain and defensive lineman Terry Williams suffered an AC sprain. Cornerback Bryce Callahan, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson and wide receiver Josh Bellamy all dealt with cramps.
Braverman wows the crowd
As the heat hit Bourbonnais, so did rookie wideout Daniel Braverman. Throughout 11 on 11 drills Friday, Braverman made a statement playing with the third and fourth teams, catching nearly every ball thrown in his direction and also making acrobatic catches through traffic.
“Our scouting department really liked him, that’s why we drafted him” Fox said. “He caught our eyes as far as putting it all together in the offseason.”
Zebras and Bears
Along with the players, there were also a few referees in attendance and watching the Bears play Friday. They got involved in practices, throwing flags at the occasional penalty.
“You try to simulate as well as you can,” Fox said. “NFL officials will be here later next week to prepare for our Fan Fest at Soldier.”
Saturday’s for real
While the second day of training camp was played without shoulder pads, that trend ends Saturday. Fox remained stoic when asked if shoulder pads will make any difference at all to how practices go.
“We’ll find out tomorrow,” he said. “We get to real football tomorrow.”
Real indeed. Stay tuned to Bear Goggles On for the latest Chicago Bears news and notes.