Since being placed on injured reserve back in early December, Chicago Bears offensive guard Kyle Long has undergone a trio of surgeries. On Tuesday, he divulged he’s has surgeries to repair damage to his neck, shoulder and elbow, per Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.
Thankfully, he says he’s feeling good physically now.
Kyle Long said his surgeries since going on IR were with his neck, shoulder and elbow.
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) April 3, 2018
Long is a tremendous guard when healthy. He’s made one Second Team All-Pro squad and has been voted to three Pro Bowls. Unfortunately, Long has missed significant time in each of his last two seasons due to injury — eight games in 2016 and six games last year.
It’s for this reason, and the fact that Chicago let Josh Sitton go this offseason (much to Long’s chagrin), that we’ve pegged offensive guard as the team’s biggest area of weakness heading into the draft. Though if Long can stay healthy, and if Chicago lands a guy like Quenton Nelson at No. 8 overall, it would suddenly be a huge strength for this up-and-coming offense under rookie head coach Matt Nagy.