When the Bears kick off training camp in Bourbonnais on Friday morning they will be without one key member of the offense.
Bears general manager Phil Emery announced on Wednesday afternoon at Olivet Nazarene University that Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long will miss the start of training camp due to a viral infection. Long will open camp on the active physically unable to perform list and not attend practice through the weekend as a result.
The coaching staff will re-evaluate Long next week, but Emery indicated that it doesn't appear to be too serious.
"If it was left to Kyle, he’d be out there,” Emery said.
Left guard Matt Slauson, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, and right tackle Jordan Mills, who had foot surgery during the offseason, are expected to be cleared and practice with the team on Day 1 of training camp.