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Chalk Talk: Could Long return vs. Vikings?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Do you think there’s a chance that Kyle Long plays in the season finale in Minnesota?
Rob G.
Morris, Illinois

Coach Matt Nagy said Monday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that guard Kyle Long could play in Sunday’s regular-season finale in Minnesota. Long returned to practice last Friday for the first time since sustaining a foot injury Oct. 28 in a win over the Jets. Said Nagy: “I think that he’s doing a good job right now. He feels good. It would be nice to get him out there. We’ll see how he does and how he feels each day. But last week I thought when he was in there he looked good. But we’ve got to just kind of keep an eye on it day-by-day.”

Given that the Bears could play the Vikings in the first round of the playoffs, do you think they will hold anything back in the regular-season finale against Minnesota?
Peter
Warrenville, Ohio

I think the only way the Bears would hold anything back is if they were locked into a playoff seed and could approach the game as if it was an exhibition. But because that’s not the case, I don’t expect them to do anything differently. Here’s what coach Matt Nagy had to say about your question on Monday: “It’d be different if you couldn’t move at all. But the fact that you’re going there to win this game and do everything you can based on where we’re at right now as we stand in this situation, you have to go about it that way. There’ll be some things maybe here or there that we’ll take a look at. But we’re just trying to keep this as normal as we possibly can, knowing that we’re going to [try to] win.”

How many completions in a row did Mitchell Trubisky have against the 49ers and how close was he to setting the Bears team record?
Albert D.
Chicago

Mitchell Trubisky completed 11 straight passes in Sunday’s win over the 49ers, a streak that started with his 4-yard touchdown to Anthony Miller late in the first half. The second-year pro connected on all nine of his passes in the third quarter and his first attempt in the fourth period before throwing his only incompletion of the second half. The Bears record for most consecutive completions belongs to Shane Matthews with 15 on Dec. 10, 2000 in a 24-17 win over the Patriots at Soldier Field.

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