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NFL Notes: Bears, Giants, Ravens, Texans

Bears

Bears HC John Fox told reporters that it’s looking “very promising” for G Kyle Long to finally return from the ankle injury that has kept him since last year.

“Our medical people think he’s ready,” Fox said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Our coaches think he’s ready. We’ll see how much he can endure, whether we have him on any kind of a pitch count. Right now it’s looking very promising.”

Giants

Ravens

  • Ravens DT Brandon Williams did not make the trip to London with the team for their Week 3 game against the Jaguars, which obviously means he’s out this weekend. (Adam Schefter)

Texans

Texans DE J.J. Watt believes everything is starting to come back for him now that he’s a year removed from the back injury that cost him the 2016 season.

“The quickness and the eyes and everything, it’s starting to come back really well, and I think that as each game goes on, it’s going to come back even more and more,” Watt said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “Obviously, there’s a couple plays I would like to finish a little bit better, but I think that overall I’m really starting to feel good out there and enjoying it.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien explained that returning from injury and being out an extended time typically takes a while for a player to get back to his prior form.

“He hadn’t played since September of last year,” O’Brien said. “It’s not like you can just snap a finger and you’re just back into the way you were, but with a player like him, it’s clear that he’s getting back to where he was. I mean, you can see the improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, and I’m sure you’ll see improvement from Week 2 to Week 3.

“He’s a great player. He hasn’t lost a step at all. It’s just a matter of having not played football with pads on and a helmet on and taking on blocks and playing 10 plays in a row. It’s a whole lot different than even practice, and it’s definitely different than conditioning and working out in the weight room and running on the field. So I think you’ll see him get better and better.”

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