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Mike Glennon’s advice for Mitch Trubisky: ‘You belong in this league’

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Mike Glennon’s advice for Mitch Trubisky: ‘You belong in this league’

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Mike Glennon was backed up against his own goal line against the defending Super Bowl champs when he took his first snap in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform four years ago. 

The former third-round pick had tagged in for Josh Freeman at the end of the first quarter and faced about the most daunting situation possible for a rookie quarterback, even in a less intense atmosphere of a preseason game. We’ll let Glennon explain what happened on that play:

“I dropped back and my first read wasn’t there and I thought I was going to get sacked in the end zone,” Glennon said. “I remember flashing like, oh my God. And there was a guy open and it went for like 60, 70 yards. So it was kind of a good way to settle in and be going. It’s definitely a different experience going from college to the pros that first time.”

That player was tight end Tom Crabtree, and the play went for 61 yards. Glennon went on to complete 11 of 23 passes for 169 yards — with one interception and no touchdowns — in his preseason debut.

With Mitch Trubisky readying himself to see a good amount of snaps Thursday against the Denver Broncos, Glennon offered up some advice for the No. 2 pick going into his first (preseason) game. 

“I think just the biggest thing is, you belong in this league,” Glennon said. “You don’t really know until you do it, and then once you do it you finally realize it. So just go out there, play like you have your whole life and you’ll be fine.” 

What you need to know from Bears practice: Kyle Long gets ankle checked out, expresses remorse for Monday fights

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What you need to know from Bears practice: Kyle Long gets ankle checked out, expresses remorse for Monday fights

Coach John Fox said Kyle Long expressed “remorse” and was “embarrassed” after being kicked out of Monday’s final training camp practice in Bourbonnais for sparking a pair of skirmishes with teammates.

Long hasn’t been available to the media since his pair of physical outbursts on Monday, and wasn’t at practice Wednesday. Fox said Long was at a doctor’s appointment to get his surgically-repaired ankle checked out, but is expected to be back at practice on Thursday.

Long’s father, NFL on Fox analyst Howie Long, addressed his son’s practice ejection on the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday.

“He’s gotta get it under control,” Long said. “It’s one of those things where you’re coming back from injury and you’re switching positions, maybe you’re not where you want to be right now.”

Fox said “everything’s fine” with Long after talking with him, and understood where he could be frustrated by slowly being eased back into full team activities during practice (and possibly not playing in any preseason games).

“I think any time a player's injured, they get something that they love taken away from them,” Fox said. “It's been a minute, there's some pain and suffering that goes along with it and I'm sure those are things. But we have a lot of resources here, Kyle knows he's loved here, by his teammates and by everyone in the building. He'll get through it and we talked about that and I think he feels confident in that.”

From the sick bay

Cornerback Prince Amukamara didn’t participate in practice Wednesday due to a strained hamstring and is day-to-day, Fox said. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton had surgery on his fractured pinkie, too, Fox said.

There was some good news for the Bears on Wednesday, though, with Jeremy Langford and Mark Sanchez both participating in practice. Langford isn’t quite back to full health after spraining his ankle during a walkthrough in July, but sounded confident he can get back to that level.

“I think my main thing is getting back to 100 percent and being the player that I am and can be, and the rest will take care of itself,” Langford said.

Mitch Trubisky isn't buying (or paying attention to) the hype around him

Mitch Trubisky isn't buying (or paying attention to) the hype around him

Mitch Trubisky has to at least be aware of the hype he created with his standout preseason debut last week, right? 

“I don’t know what hype you’re taking about,” Trubisky said. “I don’t pay attention to it.”

This is coming from a guy who earlier during training camp said he’s “so good” at tuning out the outside noise, whether it’s coming from social media or traditional media. But even if Trubisky was playing coy and is aware of what’s being said and debated about him, he didn’t sound like someone willing to buy into that hype.

“I think it’s just a small step in the right direction,” Trubisky said of his first preseason game. “I still got a lot of work to do. I was pleased with how I played, but plenty more mistakes are going on during practice for me that I need to work on and continue to improve in my game and make sure when I go out there that I’m doing my job to help other people do their job.”

The mistakes Trubisky identified he made in the Denver game are about what you’d expect from a rookie quarterback making the transition from a college spread offense to the NFL (like taking the wrong drop). The Broncos second/third/fourth-string defenses didn’t throw much at him, either, so a lot of his work on identifying blitzes and setting protections is having to happen in practice. 

So there is plenty on which for Trubisky to work during practices and the Bears’ remaining three preseason games. Like coach John Fox — who said after Thursday’s game he wouldn’t blow up the depth chart for one preseason game — Trubisky wasn’t putting a whole lot of emphasis on what he did against Denver, as good as it may have been. 

“I think it just showed me that I’m making progress, that I could go out there and lead and do my job like I wanted to show,” Trubisky said. “But it was just a small sample. It was the first game, and you just gotta continue to be consistent in reproducing it. that’s why we’re out here working and practicing.”