While play in the wheel may be indicative of a bad bearing, NO PLAY is not indicative of a GOOD bearing AND no droning noise is not indicative of a GOOD bearing. Allow me to explain:
I ran on a bad bearing for over 2 years without knowing it. My bearing was making noise similar to yours', but I had NO play. I replaced that one. After a few thousand miles on my REPLACEMENT bearing assembly I started noticing a "crunch" or "crack" only when turning left, whether moving forward or backward. Because I had a lifetime bearing assembly after the first replacement AND after still having the noise after a new rack and mcpherson struts, I replace the bearing again on a hunch. Voila.... no more crunch.
2001 SSEi- black; stock 92K
1995 Vette; Competition Yellow; stock; 38K