Late in the Chicago Bears’ 24-10 victory against the New York Jets, starting right guard Kyle Long had his right foot rolled up on by tight end Dion Sims. Long had to be helped off the field and he was carted to the locker room. The injury wasn’t Sims’ fault, it was just one of those things that happens in an NFL pile.
Long was spotted in the Soldier Field locker room on crutches, but the Bears are hopeful this is only a minor setback. Head coach Matt Nagy said the team would keep their “fingers crossed that he’s OK.” Nagy also called Long “an unbelievable leader.”
The 29-year old Long hasn’t missed a game this season after undergoing three offseason surgeries (neck, shoulder and elbow). He had surgery to repair his right ankle after his 2016 season ended, and that slowed the start to his 2017 season.
If Long is forced to miss any time this year that will make it three straight seasons he had to sit out due to various injuries.
Long’s back up would likely be Eric Kush if he’s healthy, but Kush missed today’s game with a neck injury. Bradley Sowell came in for Long on Sunday against the Jets, and the recently signed Bryan Witzmann is also on the roster at guard.
Once more is revealed about Long’s foot injury we’ll pass it along right here at WCG.