Despite it being their bye week, the Chicago Bears made some headlines by placing guard Kyle Long on injured reserve.
The offensive line has struggled mightily this season. Some may point fingers at the James Daniels-Cody Whitehair position change (which is my take on it), and some point to the uncharacteristically bad play of Kyle Long as to why the Bears’ line has struggled. For those who point at Kyle Long, this could be the answer as to why.
Kyle Long has been known to struggle with injuries throughout his NFL career. The former first-round pick has not played a full 16 games since 2015 when he was a Pro Bowl right tackle for the Bears.
So, could this be the reason that Long has struggled? Did he try to play through an injury that hindered his performance? Possibly. However, as fans, we will likely sit and question what the real reason behind Kyle Long’s struggles this season is, especially now since he will not play next week.
Something to keep an eye on will be the Bears’ offensive line next week. If the line significantly improves, then maybe Kyle Long is a part of the problem. However, as a former lineman myself, one bad cog in the line can be covered up. It is likely that Long is just one small piece of their struggles this season.
Head Coach Matt Nagy confirmed that Kyle Long will miss the rest of the season. He is not expected to return from the injured reserve per Adam Jahns of The Athletic.
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