BOURBONNAIS -- The Chicago Bears returned to practice Sunday afternoon at Olivet Nazarene University, now in the home stretch of training camp. But the injury bug continues to bite at the offensive line with several key contributors still sidelined.
Starting right tackle Jordan Mills returned to camp wearing a walking boot on his left foot and was not practicing Sunday. Mills has been experiencing soreness in the foot, the same one he fractured last December during the team’s regular season finale. He hasn’t practiced since Tuesday.
Head coach Marc Trestman will address the media after Sunday afternoon’s practice and should be able to provide updates on Mills’ status.
The Bears’ offensive line also will have to adjust in the next two weeks without Brian de la Puente, a key veteran reserve who suffered a left knee injury in Friday’s exhibition opener against the Eagles. De la Puente said an MRI on the knee showed a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain but no anterior cruciate ligament damage. He said he expects to be out of action for the next couple of weeks, another blow to a line that is also still without Eben Britton.
Britton suffered a hamstring injury July 30 and hasn’t practiced since.
Starting right guard Kyle Long, meanwhile, returned to practice Sunday.
Long has missed eight camp practices and didn’t dress for Friday’s game. He opened camp on the non-football injury/illness list with a viral infection then tweaked his right ankle last week.