Each preseason, Tracy Porter’s worry about his teammates’ injuries goes up with every exhibition.
“The closer you get to that opening season game, that’s when you’re like, ‘O.K., what type of injury does this guy have?” he said after practice Saturday at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. “How long is it going to take him?’”
The Bears cornerback isn’t there yet — “We still have two more games to go,” he said — but no one would blame him.
The two newest names added to the Bears’ injury list are two of their most promising players. Guard Kyle Long did not practice Saturday night because of a shoulder injury, coach John Fox said, and running back Jeremy Langford wore a walking boot on his left foot.
Fox said a Patriots player landed on Langford’s foot Thursday, when he ran eight times for 55 yards, and he “got sore after the game.” Long seemed in good spirits as he stood on the sideline.
Fox was asked if sitting the two out of a light practice was done merely out of caution.
“At the end of the day, if they’re best served to not be out here, then they’re not out here,” he said. “You can call it precautionary, but it’s just doing what’s smart.”
Two days after missing the Patriots game with hamstring injuries, inside linebacker Danny Trevathan and cornerback Bryce Callahan did not practice. Cornerback Kyle Fuller, fresh off arthroscopic surgery, watched.
Tight end Zach Miller and wide receiver Eddie Royal, who each went into the league’s concussion protocol Aug. 1, participated on a limited basis. While Miller last practiced Monday, Royal hadn’t since the original injury.
“He didn’t do too much,” wide receiver Kevin White said. “But it’s always good to have all our guys healthy.”
High school days
White sounded thrilled to see the fans, the Marching Blue Devils and cheerleaders on the artificial turf field.
“Playing under the lights, got the band playing, music going, fans,” he said, “I love it.”
Porter hadn’t been on a high school field since 2004, his senior year.
“It was just a different feel than being at Halas (Hall) all the time,” he said.
This and that
• Running back Ka’Deem Carey (concussion) returned to practice, while tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and cornerback Jacoby Glenn (concussion) sat out.
• Fox clarified that returner/receiver Deonte Thompson, who did not practice, injured his ankle Thursday.