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Bears put Long on IR

NFL Notes

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears returned to work Monday after their bye week elated to have several missing pieces back but without key players from their front line on both sides of the ball.

Right guard Kyle Long went on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip injury, and coach Matt Nagy said defensive end Akiem Hicks would miss time due to an elbow injury suffered Oct. 6 against the Oakland Raiders.

“They’re huge parts of the team in more ways than just personalities,” Nagy said. “They’re some big dudes, now. You look at those two guys going against each other in training camp, they’re massive individuals.

“But it is what it is. We love those guys, and we appreciate them, but we can’t look back. We’ve got to go. I’m not going to let anybody sit here and sulk about what-if or anything. That’s where we’re at. There are all these other teams that are having a bunch of different injuries and situations that go on.”

Both players are former Pro Bowlers, Long from 2013-15 and Hicks last year.

Hicks still could go on injured reserve. Although Nagy said it’s possible Hicks would be back later this season, the Bears will assess his health this week and try to determine whether it would be better to simply put him on IR and be able to bring him back in eight weeks.

Elsewhere:

n All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard spent the Indianapolis Colts’ past three games watching from his house.

There, the energetic defensive leader anxiously paced back and forth, shouting at three television screens, dressed in his jersey while using social media to support his teammates. It was all he could do — until the doctors cleared him through the concussion protocol.

Leonard’s long wait is expected to end Sunday when he returns to action by chasing down ball carriers and harassing Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson.

n Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib and left guard Joe Noteboom are headed to injured reserve.

Talib, who did not play in the Rams’ 20-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday because of bruised ribs, is expected to return later this season, coach Sean McVay said.

Noteboom sustained a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in the first quarter against the 49ers and will miss the rest of the season.

n The New York Jets have activated tight end Chris Herndon after he completed a four-game suspension and waived linebacker Frankie Luvu.

n The Patriots have placed fullback Jakob Johnson on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

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