On Thursday, guard Kyle Long will report to the Bears' three-day rookie minicamp at Halas Hall. After that, Long's offseason training with the Bears will be limited by an NFL rule.
Long, whom the Bears selected out of Oregon with the 20th overall selection, is among a group of rookies who are ineligible to participate in organized team activities (OTAs) and offseason workouts because of an NFL rule that prohibits incoming rookies from taking part until after their final exams.
The Bears' OTA offseason workouts are scheduled for May 13-14, May 16, May 20-21, May 23 and June 3-6. The Bears' mandatory minicamp is June 11-13.
Other notable players affected include Long's Oregon teammate Dion Jordan, an outside linebacker/defensive end who was taken No. 3 overall by the Miami Dolphins. Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (Washington) and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (Standord) also are included. Last year, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (Stanford) missed OTAs.
How much Long's limited offseason training affects him will be known later. But Long is expected to start at guard for the Bears.
"The main goal for anybody that's drafted is you want to come in and try to earn the respect of your teammates and your coaches and that comes through hard work," Long said after he was drafted. "That comes through bringing your lunch pail to work every day, getting after it, having a blue collar mentality. [It's] playing with a toughness and playing with the same kind of tenacity that got you to this point. That's really what I'm going to try to do -- show up every day and just work. Good things tend to happen to those that work."