The Bears on Saturday moved right guard Kyle Long from injured reserve to their 53-man roster and waived third-string quarterback Tyler Bray.
Long returned to practice last Friday for the first time since injuring his right foot Oct. 28 in a win over the Jets at Soldier Field. He practiced this week without restrictions and is expected to play in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Vikings in Minnesota.
“He’s had a good week of practice,” coach Matt Nagy said Friday. “When you’re out that long and you come back, a lot of it is just getting your wind back, your conditioning back and then obviously trying to see exactly how you feel pain-wise and then health-wise as well, but he’s done a good job.”
Asked whether Long could see limited action against the Vikings, Nagy said: “Just talking to him throughout the week, I feel pretty good with him playing most of the game. But we’ve got to kind of see if that’s where we’re at and if it is a ‘pitch count.’ I think a lot of that honestly is going to be more so [how he feels during the game].”
After playing in 47 of 48 games his first three seasons with the Bears, Long has missed 21 of 47 contests the past three years due to injuries. The three-time Pro Bowler has spent the last six-plus weeks rehabbing his latest injury.
“I’ve just tried to take whatever’s on my plate every day and do the most I can with it,” Long said. “Like I’ve said a bunch of times, this training staff has been really great in keeping me as prepared as possible to play physically, and credit to them.”