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Here's the plan for Kyle Long when he misses OTAs

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longcamp.JPGKyle Long's days are numbered -- well, sort of. After taking parting in the first day of rookie camp on Friday, the Bears' first-round pick has just two more days to work with Marc Trestman and Co. before an NFL rule separates them.

Long (as many should know) is inelgibile to take part in the Bears' organized team activities (OTAs) after rookie camp because of an NFL rule that prohibits rookies from doing so before their college final exams are completed.

Long, a guard whom the Bears selected out of Oregon with the 20th overall selection, is among a group of rookies who are affected. It typically affects Pac-12 players because of the use of the quarter system.

Oregon's final exams are from June 10-14 and graduation is June 17. The Bears' OTA offseason workouts are scheduled for May 13-14, May 16, May 20-21, May 23 and June 3-6.

So what will Bears do with Long?

The Bears are expecting Long to be one of their starters at guard, but his experience at the position is very limited. He practiced on both sides on Friday.

Trestman laid out the plan for Long like this:

"I think that anytime you've got to deal with a certain issue, you've got to embrace it," Trestman said. "And I think we will as a staff and Kyle will. We've got a lot of different ways of communicating with him.

"We can show tape to him and sit in a meeting with him and watch tape with him right on a computer. We've got all the technology to do that. He's working with an NFL line coach [Tony Wise], who has been in the league a long time and who is good. [Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer] and him are specifically working on the key things and will over time after our assessment this weekend.

"And Kyle is a very smart guy and we know he's going to dig in and do everything he can to get himself ready not just physically, but mentally as we get through our veteran minicamp and into training camp. I think it's a minimal obstacle. Nothing that we can't handle. The opportunity to embrace it and get it done is something that we're up to or we wouldn't have made the pick."

Trestman spent most of Friday trying to get a feel for all the players at minicamp, which included 33 on a tryout basis and their 10 free-agent signings. But he did say Long's athleticism was more impressive in person than what he saw prior to the draft.

"Oh, I think so," Trestman said. "I'm evaluating more on tape because I really didn't watch him specifically throughout the day. I saw him run, and certainly, he runs very, very well, very smoothly."

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