The Bears might have four starters who won’t be ready to fully practice when training camp opens next month, coach John Fox said.
With the Bears starting their three-day minicamp Tuesday, guards Kyle Long and Josh Sitton, linebacker Danny Trevathan and tight end Zach Miller are still recovering from injuries.
Fox said that Sitton, Trevathan and Miller will be “cutting it close” for training camp. Players are scheduled to report July 26.
Sitton is dealing with a chest injury, but he said he didn’t need surgery this offseason. Trevathan suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee Nov. 27 against the Titans. Miller broke his right foot a week earlier against the Giants.
“But right now, they’re right on target [with their recoveries],” Fox said. “And that’s kind of what we expected all offseason.”
Long is in the same spot, Fox said. He had surgery to repair ligaments in his right ankle that were torn Nov. 13 against the Buccaneers.
“He did some explosion work this past week,” Fox said. “He’s right on target. We still have some time after this [minicamp] is over — six to seven weeks. It’ll be touch-and-go whether he’s ready for the first day of training camp or maybe early on in camp. But he’s doing well.”
It’s apparent that Trevathan and Long have the most arduous rehabilitation tasks.
“They’ve been involved in meetings,” Fox said. “There’s a lot of mental work they’ve been doing. On the field, there’s some situation stuff; they’ve missed that. But Danny and Kyle, they’ll both be able to slide in pretty quickly with the scheme.”
Fox provided a more positive prognosis for wide receiver Cam Meredith, who injured a ligament in his left thumb during organized team activities two weeks ago.
“We’d rather have Cam out there, but it’s very fixable,” Fox said. “He’ll be back in time for training camp.”
Cornerback Marcus Cooper is dealing with a soft-tissue injury and didn’t practice.
A special guest
The Bears hosted local gymnast Kate Foster at practice. As part of the NFL’s partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Foster announced the Bears’ selection of tight end Adam Shaheen in the second round of the draft.
Foster, 18, a Rockford native, won the 2016 USA Gymnastics Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award. She lost her leg to leukemia when she was 12. Shaheen said he’s inspired by Foster’s perseverance.
“It makes you go a little bit harder out here on these hot days,” he said.
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