Hardy’s first game for the Roughriders is scheduled for March 17th.
Bears G Kyle Long confirmed during an interview with ESPN 1000 that he’s scheduled to undergo left shoulder surgery in addition to his neck operation.
“There’s going to be some work done with that for sure,” Long said of his shoulder issues, via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune. “I’ve got some minor standard-operating-procedure offseason stuff but nothing major.”
Long has dealt with a number of injuries the past few years and has missed 14 games as a result. He explained that he always felt it was going to catch up to him at some point.
“You know what, I was so blessed early on to come out clean from so many hundreds and thousands of piles that I was in that it was going to catch up to me eventually,” Long said. “Every player goes through it. I just happened to have it all clumped together.”
Despite reports that the Bengals and long-time HC Marvin Lewis were likely headed towards a split this offseason, Cincinnati ultimately re-signed Lewis to a new two-year deal and have been reshaping their coaching staff.
Lewis tells Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer that they’ve got “a lot of work” ahead of them and everyone is well aware of this.
“We have to make it better. We have to be a better football team. I mean, we have to,” Lewis said. “We’ve got a lot work ahead and players know that and understand that. They look forward to that. It’s that group of guys that’s going to lead them forward but they know what’s ahead.”
According to Lewis, the changes being made in Cincinnati will hopefully be a “good spark” for the players.
“It’s going to be new; it’s going to be different,” Lewis said, “so we’re going to have the [players’] attention, which is good. It’ll be a good spark for them to have. But we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. But we can certainly make it different, better.”