Door is still open for Bears to move Kyle Long to right tackle

The Bears could end up using Kyle Long at a number of positions early-on this season. Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Coach John Fox said on Monday that Kyle Long has had "plenty of practice at both guard and tackle" in the event the Chicago Bears deem it necessary to move Long to right tackle on a permanent basis.

"They have to practice before they play and so he's had plenty of practice at both guard and tackle," Fox said.

Long, a two-time Pro Bowl right guard, played both offensive tackle spots in the final two weeks of the Bears' voluntary offseason workout program.

Since the beginning of camp, Long has predominantly lined up at guard, but remains a viable option at right tackle. The Bears have clearly not seen enough from Jordan Mills or Charles Leno in three preseason games to name either the starter on the right side.

"Again, I don't want to get too much into our depth chart and whatnot, but we've got options," Fox said. "We've got guys we're looking at. To say it's perfectly settled at this point, probably not the case, but I think that's the case at a lot of positions.

"I think we'll end up with whoever ends up proving they're worthy."

The Bears' best option to replace Long at right guard (if the switch is made) is likely Vladimir Ducasse. A six-year NFL veteran, Ducasse started six games for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. The 6-foot-7 offensive lineman played for the New York Jets from 2010-13 where he made five total starts.

On the other side of the line, Fox semi-endorsed veteran left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who is fighting through back discomfort.

"I don't think that anybody out there is 100 percent by the nature of what they do," Fox said. "But I think he's a done a decent job and we'll see where that goes moving forward."