Long, who was kicked out of Monday’s practice for fighting, was excused Wednesday because of a doctor’s appointment.
“He had some treatment,” Bears coach John Fox said. “The doctor that did his surgery was in the area. It was actually pretty convenient. We actually planned it about a week ago. So, it just timed that way. It went well. We held him back today. The treatment they did usually requires 24 hours off but he feels a lot better and we’re excited to get him going again.”
With Long sidelined/limited, Fox said the Bears have experimented with moving last year’s starting center Cody Whitehair to left guard and playing former third-round pick Hroniss Grasu at center. Guard/center Taylor Boggs has also received some reps throughout camp.
“We’ve run [Grasu] with the first team in camp and in Bourbonnais, so there is flexibility we need in the line,” Fox said. “We’ll see how it goes and how we start [against Arizona on Saturday]. That [Grasu at center and Whitehair at left guard] could be a possibility.”
Ideally, the Bears begin the regular season with Long at left guard, Whitehair at center and veteran Josh Sitton at right guard. But Chicago is clearly lining up its contingency plan.