Though the initial fear was the injury was more severe, tests showed Long might be able to return before Week 1, per Pelissero.
Long had just signed this offseason to compete for a starting job on Kansas City’s revamped offensive line.
Injuries led to the Bears moving on from Long following the 2019 season so it will be interesting to see if he has anything left in the tank after some time off to recover.
Long, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2013. He agreed to a restructured contract after missing half the 2018 season which eliminated the 2021 year of Long’s contract, made 2020 a team option and turned $2.5 million of his base salary into incentives.
The Bears declined Long’s option in 2020. After a year away from football in retirement, he returned to sign with the Chiefs on a one-year deal this offseason.
In 2019, Long was limited to appearing in four games for the Bears, making four starts for them.