Bears’ Long agrees to restructure contract, free cap space
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long has agreed to restructure his contract to free up salary-cap space for the team this offseason.
Bears’ Amos, Eagles’ Bennett fined for roughness in playoffs
NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago safety Adrian Amos has been fined $26,739 by the NFL for his unnecessary roughness penalty in the Bears' playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Amos hit tight end Zach Ertz, who was deemed a defenseless receiver, in the third quarter of Philadelphia's 16-15 win last Sunday. It came on a third-down play that extended the drive that gave the Eagles a 10-6 lead on Dallas Goedert's 10-yard touchdown catch.
Bears activate Kyle Long from injured reserve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have activated right guard Kyle Long from injured reserve, clearing the way for the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to play in the regular-season finale at Minnesota.
Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets. He had surgery and was placed on IR with an option to return.
Bears guard Kyle Long, out since Oct., likely to return
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears appear likely to get starting right guard Kyle Long back from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, although no final decision has yet been made.
Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets.
Injuries can put serious hurt on playoff hopes of NFL teams
NEW YORK (AP) — Injuries are never an excuse. Not for players. Not for coaches. And not for fans.
Still, the NFL teams that have the most success almost always keep their best players on the field.
For some teams such as Atlanta, Jacksonville and Cincinnati, injuries were a factor in derailing their seasons.
Others, such as the defending champion Eagles, have dealt with several injuries to key players and have managed to stay in the playoff race going into the final week of the regular season.
Kyle Long returns from foot injury to practice with Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Guard Kyle Long felt whole again Friday after returning to practice with the Chicago Bears for the first time since late October.
Following seven missed games after foot surgery, Long is hoping to come off injured reserve in time for the Bears' first playoff game in January, if not before.
"It felt good to be in a helmet and running around," Long said. "I don't feel like a ghost in the building, which is nice."
Bears place Long in IR with right foot injury
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve Saturday because of a tendon injury in his right foot.
The move means the NFC North-leading Bears (4-3) will be without Long for at least eight weeks.
The three-time Pro Bowl lineman was injured in the closing minutes of the Bears' 24-10 victory over the New York Jets last weekend. Tight end Dion Sims rolled into Long while the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run.
Bears may place Kyle Long on injured reserve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long has a tendon injury in his right foot, and the team is deciding whether to put him on injured reserve.
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday the three-time Pro Bowl lineman has a boot on his foot and is "week to week." The Bears are still trying to figure out the "complete extent" of the injury.
Asked if Long has any broken bones, Nagy said, "I'm not going to get into the details of it." But he added there are "some issues" with a tendon.
Bears awaiting word on Kyle Long after right foot injury
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are in wait-and-see mode with Kyle Long.
Coach Matt Nagy said Monday that Long remains in the evaluation process and he hopes to know more in the next day or two after the offensive lineman left Chicago's 24-10 victory over the New York Jets with a right foot injury.
Bears’ defense dominates even with Mack out of lineup
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears showed they could dominate on defense, even with Khalil Mack out of the lineup.
Then again, playing the Jets didn't hurt.
The Bears were ready without Mack, shutting down Sam Darnold and New York's struggling offense in a 24-10 victory Sunday they sorely needed.
"We played together," linebacker Aaron Lynch said. "We played as one, we played aggressive and we had fun doing it. And we attacked the field every time we went out there."
Trubisky throws 2 TDs as Bears beat Jets 24-10
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears got the win they sorely needed, only to lose another key player.
Guard Kyle Long had to be helped off the field in the closing minutes with an injured right foot, putting a damper on a 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long showed up to training camp feeling rejuvenated — and a bit old.
The three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman is healthy after two injury-riddled seasons and has his sights set on helping lift a struggling franchise. But while he is "feeling great," Long also sounded more like a grizzled veteran than a wide-eyed rookie.
The Bears used their seventh pick in the second round (39th overall) to bolster the questionable interior of their offensive line by selecting Iowa center James Daniels.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears might look for a pass rusher or help on the offensive line when the draft resumes Friday after taking Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the No. 8 overall pick.
The Bears grabbed a potential cornerstone defensive player in the first round Thursday rather than add another weapon for prized quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The hiring of enthusiastic, energetic Matt Nagy as the Bears’ head coach has brought an electric atmosphere to Halas Hall, and there might not be a player more pumped up about the fresh start than rejuvenated guard Kyle Long.
Chicago Bears free agency capsule
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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Kyle Fuller (transition tag), Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan and Sherrick McManis; WRs Josh Bellamy, Dontrelle Inman and Kendall Wright; QB Mark Sanchez; RB Benny Cunningham; TE Zach Miller; G Josh Sitton; DE Mitch Unrein; LBs Sam Acho, Lamarr Houston and Christian Jones.
Chicago Bears reportedly decline former Pro Bowl OG Josh Sitton’s 2018 option
Guard just became a much bigger offseason priority for the Bears with the news that they will decline their $8 million option for four-time Pro Bowler Josh Sitton, as first reported by Ian Rapoport.
Sitton, who will be 32 in June, no longer plays at a Pro Bowl level, but he started 25 games in two years since the Bears picked him up eight days before the 2016 season opener after his release by the Packers.
Bears’ Long indicates he’s done with offseason surgeries
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long indicated he has undergone his final offseason surgery.
Long posted Thursday on Twitter he is "done with work on my body for the offseason" and can "build the tank up again." The three-time Pro Bowl lineman had surgery for a herniated disc in his neck in December and was due to have a torn labrum repaired.
The shoulder injury occurred in the 2016 preseason.
Bears guard Kyle Long has surgery to alleviate neck pain
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long has had surgery to alleviate neck pain.
The three-time Pro Bowl lineman posted a picture of himself on Twitter wearing a neck brace in a hospital room late Tuesday night and wrote he "crushed surgery today." He called the operation "an important procedure that will lead to much relief."
Long has ended the past two seasons on injured reserve.
Bears place Kyle Long on injured reserve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve for the second straight season.
The three-time Pro Bowler has been trying to play through a left shoulder injury he suffered in 2016. He aggravated it during Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers and sat out the second half.
Hub Arkush: Pittsburgh Steelers present Chicago Bears with toughest test yet
CHICAGO – If the Chicago Bears team that faced the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener shows up to play Pittsburgh on Sunday, it can upset the Steelers.
If it’s the team we saw in Tampa last week, spend the day on your “honey do” list because the football could get ugly.
There is some good news for the Bears going in, as it appears guard Kyle Long, wide receiver Markus Wheaton and cornerback Prince Amukamara will all be making their season debuts.
The Bears released wide receiver Eddie Royal and waived defensive lineman Will Sutton, fullback Paul Lasike and offensive lineman Cornelius Edison on Thursday.
Royal, who turns 31 later this month, had no more guaranteed money in his contract, which paid him $10 million guaranteed when he signed it in March 2015. The Bears also don’t have any dead cap on his contract.
Bears put 3-13 season behind them, hope for better in 2017
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears might be ready to split with quarterback Jay Cutler.
Top receiver Alshon Jeffery's future is in question. Change could be coming to the coaching staff, too.
The Bears have a big task ahead of them after finishing their worst season in decades last in the NFC North with a 3-13 record. They got shredded by injuries, suspensions and poor play overall.
Now, it's time to regroup.
"It was all bad," linebacker Pernell McPhee said. "I'm happy we're out of 2016."
Bears place Long on injured reserve because of ankle injury
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have placed star right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve because of an ankle injury.
The announcement on Tuesday comes two days after the three-time Pro Bowl lineman was taken from the field on a cart during a loss at Tampa Bay. And it's another big blow for a team that's 2-7 after losing to the Buccaneers.
The NFL suspended Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, another big blow for a struggling team.
The suspension announced yesterday takes effect immediately.
It comes on the heels of a brutal 36-10 loss at Tampa Bay that left the Bears with a 2-7 record going into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Jeffery will be eligible to return on Dec. 12 and play against Green Bay six days later.
Report: Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long to miss the rest of the season
Three-time Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long will miss the rest of the season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Long was carted off the field during Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers with an aircast on his right ankle. He was on crutches and in a boot after the game. Fullback Paul Lasike landed on the back of Long’s ankle, rolling up on it at the end of a play in the second quarter.
Bears’ Long, Sitton out for Vikings game because of injuries
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears are holding star right guard Kyle Long and left guard Josh Sitton out of their game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Long, a three-time Pro Bowl lineman, was listed as doubtful after exiting last week's loss to Green Bay because of a strained triceps. Sitton missed his second consecutive game because of an ankle injury. Ted Larsen started at right guard and Eric Kush at left guard on Monday night.
Bears QB Brian Hoyer knocked out with broken left arm
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in the second quarter Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
Hoyer left the game after getting hit by Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers on an incompletion on third-and-6 from the 50 with 10:21 left in the quarter.
The right-handed Hoyer looked as if he landed on his left arm. He was attended to by trainers on the field for a couple minutes before going to the locker room.
Bears agree to 4-year extension with star guard Long
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears took a gamble when they drafted Kyle Long.
It has paid off in a big way, and they rewarded him with a four-year contract extension.
The Bears locked up their star right guard and three-time Pro Bowl lineman through the 2021 season on Wednesday.
Bears agree to 4-year extension with star guard Long
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long to a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
The deal announced Wednesday with the star right guard locks in a key player as general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox reshape a team that finished last in the NFC North at 6-10 in their first season.
Chicago Bears Preview Capsule
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New faces: DL Akiem Hicks, ILB Danny Trevathan, ILB Jerrell Freeman, RT Bobby Massie, QB Brian Hoyer, OLB Leonard Floyd, G Cody Whitehair, OL Ted Larsen.
Key losses: RB Matt Forte, TE Martellus Bennett, S Antrel Rolle, G Matt Slauson, LT Jermon Bushrod, offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Bears dealing with changes on offensive line
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — When Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took snaps in practice Wednesday, he saw a handful of unfamiliar jersey numbers on the offensive linemen blocking for him.
This is nothing unusual for the Bears in a preseason marred by injuries, but losing Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long for any amount of time is an obstacle.
Long remains out with a shoulder injury and coach John Fox isn't giving out details about its severity.
Long brothers look to play key roles for Bears, Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Big brothers have been known to pick on little brothers from time to time.
That is, of course, until that little brother grows to be a few inches taller and 50 pounds heavier.
Such is the case for brothers Chris and Kyle Long, who are at different points in their NFL careers entering the season.