12/06/17 - G Kyle Long (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after aggravating a labrum injury he had been fighting since last season. Long is a candidate for shoulder surgery later this season or in the offseason.
12/04/17 - G Kyle Long may have played his last down this season. Long has battled hand, shoulder and ankle injuries, and aggravating the shoulder on Sunday was enough to cause him to leave at halftime.
11/20/17 - G Kyle Long (finger) returned and played through Sunday's game with his hand in a cast. Several unconfirmed reports have said Long has several fingers injured.
11/16/17 - G Kyle Long (finger) went through a full practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering his injury against New Orleans Oct. 29 and is expected to play Sunday against Detroit. Long had practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.
11/15/17 - G Kyle Long (finger) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday (Nov. 15) after missing last week's game and his status for Sunday is uncertain. Long will need to show he can put together practices. Head coach John Fox indicated time has helped with the pain somewhat, and he said players sometimes have to decide whether they can play with pain. "Me and Fox never went to med school," Long said. "I do know that time does help with things you're dealing with so that's the approach I'm taking right now."
11/13/17 - G Kyle Long was active for Sunday's loss to Green Bay, but got in only one play as a result of the finger/hand injury he suffered Oct. 29 against New Orleans. He was replaced in the lineup by Cody Whitehair, with Hroniss Grasu moving into Whitehair's regular spot at center. His status for this week against Detroit is day-to-day. There remains some confusion over whether it's the finger or another injury keeping Long out of the lineup. During the previous week, head coach John Fox had referred to it as an arm injury. Long has had to deal with an old shoulder injury and an ankle that still needs to properly heal and be strengthened after surgery last year. "So he was active, so he was healthy enough, but I'm not sure he was going to be healthy enough to take 70 snaps in a game," Fox said, explaining Long's situation.
11/08/17 - G Kyle Long (finger) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis after suffering an injury against New Orleans two weeks ago.
11/01/17 - G Kyle Long (finger) missed bye-week practices and his status for the next game is uncertain. "It's really hard to predict," head coach John Fox said. "We have time and time heals all wounds."
10/30/17 - G Kyle Long (finger) suffered an injury in the first quarter against New Orleans, had a ball cast put on his hand and tried to play. He was ineffective and left the game again.
10/29/17 - RG Kyle Long (left hand) did not return from his injury during Sunday's game.
10/26/17 - G Kyle Long returned for a full practice (Oct. 26) after missing Wednesday's practice to rest a surgically repaired ankle. Long will likely play on Sunday.
10/25/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) missed practice Wednesday (Oct. 25) as a precautionary measure. Long continues to play and practice after his surgery of last season and needs longer to recover.
The Bears have held him on consecutive days before, or practiced him on a limited basis to get him more rest. He is likely to play Sunday.
10/12/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) did not practice Thursday (Oct. 12) after practicing on Wednesday. Head coach John Fox did not characterize it as a setback, but more as maintenance of Long's old injury from last year. Long did leave Sunday's game for a play with an unannounced leg injury, but quickly returned and finished the game. If Long can't play Sunday, the Bears could use Hroniss Grasu at center and move Cody Whitehair from center to guard. Grasu practiced on a limited basis Thursday as he recovers from a Week 2 hand injury.
09/25/17 - LG Kyle Long played for the first time this season after recovering from ankle surgery.
09/21/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) went through a full practice on Thursday (Sept. 21) for the first time since the season started, and has been in successive practices this week. He is expected to play Sunday after he had practiced Wednesday on a limited basis. How he handles practicing this many times in succession will be a key to whether he's able to play all of Sunday's game.
The Bears are in need of Long's return because right guard Josh Sitton hasn't practiced this week due to a rib injury and backup guard Tom Compton is trying to practice despite a hip injury. Long last played in a game on Nov. 13 against Tampa.
"Our medical people think he's ready, our coaches think he's ready, we'll see how much he can endure, whether we have him with any kind of a pitch count, but right now it's looking very promising," head coach John Fox said.
09/20/17 - G Kyle Long probably would be at left guard if he returns from his ankle injury this week. It's possible he might have been back for the opener but he said he suffered a setback in recovery from surgery.
09/18/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) was questionable, but did not make the trip to Tampa Bay after practicing on a limited basis throughout last week. Long is day-to-day and it's possible he could return this week against Pittsburgh. "I'm getting closer and closer," Long said at the end of last week's practices. "I wouldn't be able to tell you 100 percent, but I will say I'm a lot further along than I was."
09/14/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) practiced Wednesday on a limited basis. He didn't play against Atlanta and Tom Compton replaced him in the starting lineup.
09/11/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) did not dress for the opener. He practiced last week on a limited basis and his status for the Tampa Bay game will be updated later in the week.
09/06/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Tom Compton has played left guard in his place. The team has the option of moving center Cody Whitehair to guard and using Hroniss Grasu at center.
09/01/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) remains a question for the opener after seeing no game action and limited practice time. "He's on target," coach John Fox said.
"We're hopeful, again he's really day-to-day as far as coming off that ankle, so we'll just continue to rehab until medically he's cleared."
08/14/17 - LG Kyle Long was ejected from practice after he was involved in multiple skirmishes. "There's a certain standard we have and it's something we weren't very pleased with," Bears coach John Fox said, per ESPN. "I haven't had a chance to visit with him yet, but it's something that we'll handle it internally." Long, 28, took issue with teammates in both team and individual drills before being told to leave the practice field in Bourbonnais, Ill.
08/12/17 - G Kyle Long has gradually increased his participation after rehab from ankle surgery and Fox called his availability for Week 1 of the regular season a possibility.
"There's concern for everything, that's what we do," Fox said. "But he's on target and we feel good about where he is right now."
Long practiced with the full squad in part of Saturday's scrimmage.
08/07/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) returned on a limited basis (Aug. 4) after missing several practices. The Bears are giving him practices off occasionally to rest a surgically repaired ankle.
08/01/17 - G Kyle Long (ankle) continued to work only on a limited basis toward the end of camp's first week, and was given a day off on the first day of contact because soreness.
"He hasn't been in cleats since last season," Fox said. "We won't put a lot of pressure on that foot until we have to. Again, the target day is Sept. 10."