Kyle Long a strong candidate to play right tackle in Week 1

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears refuse to publicly discuss lineup changes, but Kyle Long now appears the logical choice to play right tackle in Week 1 vs. the Green Bay Packers after the club released Jordan Mills on Sunday.

A two-time Pro Bowl right guard, Long mentioned on several occasions that he is open to switching positions for the betterment of the team.

"Really, it's football," Long said on Monday. "You still use the same techniques, so who knows what's going to happen. I'll try to be as ready as I can, whichever way they decide to go."

Long took limited tackle reps in the preseason, but coach John Fox called Long the most confident player on the roster.

"He's probably a guy I'm least concerned about his confidence on our football team," Fox said.

The corresponding move is likely to start Vladimir Ducasse at right guard, although the Bears did claim former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting right guard Patrick Omameh off waivers on Sunday.

"We know some guys who coached [Omameh], that were familiar with him. He's a smart, tough guy that we think can help us really at multiple positions, both guard and tackle."

Slightly complicating matters is the health of left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who sat out Monday's practice with a back injury that the team must monitor going forward.

"I'm coming along pretty good," Bushrod said. "I'm sticking to [my system] and getting ready for the long haul. We have a set schedule, so I'll be able to do the things on and off the field that I have to do and that goes for everyone."

After Bushrod, Charles Leno is the most experienced left tackle on the roster.