The Bears will be without one of their most important offensive players for at least eight weeks.
Saturday, the Bears placed guard Kyle Long on injured reserve with a right foot injury. Per NFL rules, he must remain on injured reserve for eight weeks, making him eligible to return to the active roster for the Bears' last regular season game on Dec. 30 against the Vikings.
Long suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-10 victory over the Jets. While he was unable to put any weight on his right leg, the Bears were hopeful for the best.
“He’s already been through so much already and it sucks to see Kyle go down like that,” left tackle Charles Leno said. “We don’t know the severity of it yet so we’re just trying to support him back there and give him some love because I know what he’s been though.”
Long was one of the most durable Bears players during his first three NFL seasons. From 2013-15, he missed just one game (during the 2014 season); from 2016-18, though, he has played in just eight, 10 and seven games, respectively.
While the Long injury certainly hurts the Bears, guard Eric Kush appears set to return to the field this week against the Bills. Kush missed Sunday's game against the Jets due to a neck injury.
Matt Nagy says the #Bears plan on having Eric Kush (neck) back this week. That's big assuming Kyle Long isn't available.— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) October 29, 2018