The Chicago Bears held their final practice before Friday's exhibition opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday and did so with two starting offensive linemen sidelined.
Right tackle Jordan Mills sat out with a sore foot. Right guard Kyle Long, meanwhile, was absent from practice as he received treatment on a right ankle injury.
Neither injury is figured to be serious at this point. But both are certainly notable. Long missed the Bears’ first seven training camp practices with a viral infection. And his availability for Friday’s game is uncertain. Long did show up at the Olivet Nazarene University cafeteria for lunch and jumped on both feet to show that his injury isn’t significant.
Mills, meanwhile, said he expected to play Friday. But after the second-year tackle broke his foot in last year’s regular-season finale and had surgery shortly after, the Bears will be cautious with how much they use him, if at all.
Michael Ola took Mills’ spot with the first-team offense Wednesday. Brian de la Puente slid into Long’s spot.
Other Bears missing Wednesday's practice were Tim Jennings (quadriceps), Isaiah Frey (hamstring), Eben Britton (hamstring), Marquess Wilson (broken clavicle), Jared Allen (family reasons) and Martellus Bennett (suspension).
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