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Bears declare three starters doubtful for Monday night

After wrapping up the last practice of the week Saturday, the Chicago Bears have downgraded cornerback Tracy Porter (knee) and nose tackle Eddie Goldman (ankle) from questionable to doubtful. Starting right guard Kyle Long (arm) remains doubtful as well.

Long left the Bears’ 26-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Thursday during the first half and did not return. He had already been dealing with a labrum injury in his left shoulder but hadn’t missed a start in 24 games. If he doesn’t start Monday, the Bears will be without both starting guards as Josh Sitton (ankle) has already been deemed out.

On Monday, head coach John Fox was asked how situations like Long’s would be handled now that he’s dealing with a triceps strain.

“It goes back to the medical clearance,” Fox said. “We don’t encourage guys to play while hurt where they can further injure themselves. It’s quite an extreme process any time a player’s injured. And it’s not just the concussion protocol but any kind of injury protocol we take very seriously. He’ll get evaluated. And he’s getting treatment along with many of our guys unfortunately. It is truly a day-to-day process.”

Day-to-day is how the Bears have handled the injuries to Goldman and Porter as their status has only recently been brought into question. However, Goldman has been unavailable for five games already this season being replaced by Will Sutton who only have 10 tackles in six games and four starts.

The secondary is also dealing with the long-term absence of Kyle Fuller (knee). Without Porter in the mix, starting duties may fall rookies on Deiondre’ Hall and Cre’von LeBlanc as Bryce Callahan (hamstring) is questionable as well.

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