One day after oozing confidence and excitement over the possibilities that lie ahead for the 2017 Chicago Bears, John Fox came away pleased with the first day of practice despite needing to address a variety of injury related issues.
Fox spoke to the assembled media at the Bears’ training camp facility on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, where he was peppered with questions regarding the health status of several key players.
- Pernell McPhee’s placement on the PUP list was a late-night surprise, but it turns out the Bears found an “irregularity” in his knee (per PFW’s Kevin Fishbain) – and not the one that had given him problems in prior years, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson. So this is a new injury for McPhee, who missed the first six games of the 2016 season while sitting on the regular season PUP list. Fox said he didn’t want to speculate on what it could be, but said it was enough for him to mention it during Wednesday’s physicals.
- Fox did mention two players who were not participating in practice on Thursday, with nose tackle Eddie Goldman and defensive back Deon Bush. Fox said Goldman did not practice because of dehydration, adding that Goldman did make weight at 315 pounds, but might have dropped too much, too quickly. For what it’s worth, Adam Hoge reports that both Goldman and Bush are expected to return to practice on Friday.
- Linebacker Danny Trevathan, cornerback Marcus Cooper, and tight end Zach Miller were all limited – but participating, no less – in practice, according to Rich Campbell. Still, participation matters early in camp – especially when you take into consideration the competition and depth at the tight end position, as well as the getting-to-know-you factor Cooper is in playing in a revamped secondary.
- Remember when Trevathan was expected to start the regular season on the PUP list? Well, Bob LeGere reports that Trevathan believes his recovery is ahead of schedule and his goal is to be ready for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times notes that Cooper left practice early with a hamstring issue, but this looks to be a case of the Bears being cautious with a new player.
- Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times notes that Kyle Long was practicing at left guard, albeit on a limited basis. Long told CBS Chicago’s Chris Emma: “Be patient, but also understand that every rep is an opportunity to learn.” This is Long’s third position change in as many seasons during Fox’s tenure as head coach. He was moved to right tackle after practicing all summer at right guard in 2015, but moved back to right guard in 2016. As for his injury concerns, Long says he will ease his way back from his ankle injury and that the shoulder problem isn’t expected to be an issue.
- Raise your hand if you pegged Danny Trevathan to be the comedian of the group:
Danny Trevathan was asked if there's anything he can't do after his knee injury: "I can't play quarterback." #Bears
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) July 27, 2017