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Kyle Long missed practice Thursday. (AP)

Kyle Long misses practice, but Bears say it’s for ankle maintenance

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Bears guard Kyle Long missed practice on Thursday, but coach John Fox characterized it as a maintenance day for the right ankle he had surgery on in November.

“We’re just trying to make sure he gets toSunday, you know,” Fox said. “It’s not a new injury or anything.”

The Bears got one piece of good news: cornerback Marcus Cooper, returned for practice for the first time since Friday after recovering from back spasms. He was limited.

Three other Bears were limited: wide receiver Markus Wheaton (groin), center Hroniss Grasu (hand) and inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (pec).

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio didn’t sound optimistic that Kwiatkoski would play.

“He’s only partaken in some scout team work this week,” he said.

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