Injury To Kyle Long Dampens Bears' Winning Day

October 28, 2018 - 5:13 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- A lane cleared through the victorious Bears locker room, and veteran guard Kyle Long worked through with crutches under each arm. The music had stopped, the celebration was over and the mood became subdued.

A respected teammate called an "unbelievable leader" by coach Matt Nagy, Long left late in the fourth quarter of the Bears' 24-10 win against the Jets at Solider Field on Sunday with what the team called a right foot injury. He was helped off the field without putting weight on the injury, carted to the locker room before the final whistle and carried in later for medical testing.

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Once Long returned to the locker room on crutches, still wearing his shoulder pads and uniform, teammates moved to his side. Tight end Zach Miller, who suffered the gruesome knee injury a year ago Monday and is on injured reserved himself, offered words of support to Long. Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch offered him a pat on the shoulder before leaving. Tackle Bobby Massie sat to Long's left and wouldn't leave him behind, even after the rest of the locker room had nearly cleared.

The Bears all hurt with Long, who has missed 14 games over the last two seasons and has undergone four surgeries since November 2016 -- a repair of ligament damage in that right ankle and procedures on his neck, shoulder and elbow the last year.

"He's already been through so much," tackle Charles Leno said. "It sucks to see Kyle go down like that. We don't know the severity of it. But we just want to give him some love, because we know what he's been through."

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The health of Long was a major concern in the postgame locker room, clearly putting a damper on a team victory for the Bears. Players like Leno and Massie were there when Long suffered his gruesome ankle injury in 2016, starting the string of misfortune with his health. They watched him work back, keep a positive mindset through it all -- and then they heard him scream at the bottom of a pile with just 3:37 left in the game Sunday.

Players immediately called out to the training staff, which rushed out to the field to aide the injured Long. After team doctors tested Long's right leg, Leno and center Cody Whitehair stepped through to help Long up before he was walked off the field. 

Massie made sure to lift up Long with a message before he was carted away.

"We just keep our fingers crossed and hope he’s OK," Nagy said of Long's status.

Inside a winning locker room Sunday, the Bears felt Long's pain, too.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​