Chicago Bears offensive guard Kyle Long will reportedly be playing the 2016 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Bears G Kyle Long, who signed a $40 million extension last week, will play this season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 11, 2016
The labrum helps keep one’s shoulder socket in place, so it’s going to be interesting to see if Long’s injury will have any negative impact on his ability to fend off pass rushers with quick feet inside.
The Bears already have shown an inability to produce on offense this preseason. If Long is unable to play at his customary high level, then the entire offense will suffer the consequences.
When healthy, Long is a mauler in the run game and a capable pass protector. Since being drafted in the first round back in 2013, he’s missed only one game and earned a spot on the 2014 AP 2nd-team All NFL squad.