06/15/16 - G Kyle Long has inherited the leadership job with the offensive line after veterans Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson left over the course of a two-year period. It's an especially important role since offensive linemen always tend to be among a team's closest knit groups. "Obviously without Matt, we kind of looked around and were like 'who's going to do this?'" Long said.
"And (tackle Charles) Leno was like, 'You got it dude. You can organize the group text.' We've got a great group of guys and we've got a coach that's fired up about football every day and treats us like family. That's all you can ask for.
04/15/16 - OL Kyle Long had his fifth-year option exercised by the Chicago Bears, the team announced Friday. Exercising the option keeps the Pro Bowl guard under contract through 2017. Long has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons since being the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft out of Oregon. He served as the right guard his first two seasons before playing right tackle last season. He is expected to play right guard this season when he is scheduled to make $1.16 million.
12/04/15 - T Kyle Long (neck) went through a full practice after being limited on Wednesday.
12/02/15 - T Kyle Long (neck) practiced on a limited basis as a result of an injury suffered against Green Bay on Thanksgiving.
10/07/15 - T Kyle Long was limited in practice Wednesday due to back and ankle injuries he suffered in Sunday's win. Long no longer is playing with a soft cast on his right hand. He had it on there for an unspecified injury the first three games of the season.
06/17/15 - G Kyle Long remained at tackle again Wednesday at the Bears minicamp, but this time moved over to the left side instead of the right.
Head coach John Fox called it more a case of building depth and versatility into the line at a time when the team can afford this.
"I think it's an injustice to just throw a guy, even as simple as it sounds, left to right, whether you're doing it with a corner or an outside backer or a guard or a tackle -- they need to practice it," Fox said. "This is a good time of the year to kind of get the technique, the sets, and all of the different communication that has to happen with the O-line."
02/21/15 - G Kyle Long could switch to tackle, but no decision has been made. That move would take better advantage of his athletic abilities at a more difficult position to play. The start of a new coaching regime seems like an ideal time to do this.
"He's very athletic and he's very well-rounded," GM Ryan Pace said. "I think he can play multiple positions on the offensive line. Again, that's ongoing, too. That fit, with him. He has that skill set. We haven't gotten that specific with him yet."
12/22/14 - RG Kyle Long had suffered a late-week hip injury that limited him at Friday's practice and was a last-minute scratch for the game. This meant a start for the Michael Ola at right guard for the first time, while Ryan Groy started at left guard. It was the ninth different starting offensive line used by the Bears this season, but they had only two sacks Sunday, two less than Detroit's Matthew Stafford was sacked.
08/05/14 - RG Kyle Long has returned to practice after missing more than a week to start camp with a viral infection.
07/30/14 - OG Kyle Long received clearance to return to practice after a viral infection kept him out of it for five practices. However, he'll be worked back in gradually. Coach Marc Trestman said it would be the weekend before he begins to put on pads.
"He's got to get his legs back underneath him," Trestman said, adding, "So he's missed out, no doubt about it, and we'll to accelerate the process as soon as he gets back in there."
The offense functioned fine while he was away because veteran Eben Britton filled in, but the offensive line depth is largely untested, much as the receiver depth is. The Bears offensive line did not have a starter miss a game last year, and Britton played in the regular-season finale due to an in-game foot injury to right tackle Jordan Mills.
07/26/14 - RG Kyle Long began camp on the non-football illness list, so T-G Eben Britton played with the starters in his place when practices began. Long is suffering from a viral illness and will be re-evaluated early next week after arriving Thursday for the opening of training camp.
07/25/14 - G Kyle Long (viral infection) was declared active/non-football illness by the Bears Thursday (July 25).
12/03/13 - RG Kyle Long suffered an ankle injury in the game and wore a boot cast to stabilize it afterward. However, Trestman said the injury is not serious and shouldn't keep Long from playing Monday night.
11/26/13 - RG Kyle Long was fined $8,000 for his behavior in a near brawl during the Rams game. Long's most serious crime in the incident was kicking at Rams defensive end William Hayes.
11/20/13 - G Kyle Long said it might be confusing for fans Sunday with three Longs on the field: himself, brother Chris and Rams tackle Jake Long.
"I was at a (autograph) signing (Tuesday) and a guy walked up to me and said, ‘Jake, I was very skeptical of the pick but you've had some very good tackles this year.' My head almost exploded out of confusion," Kyle Long said. "He's there getting a ball signed, he's got a Bears jersey, hundreds of dollars on memorabilia and, ‘I'm Kyle, man, I play on the offensive line.' I signed it Kyle but he wouldn't have known either way, I don't think."
09/19/13 - G Kyle Long practiced on a limited basis Wednesday due to a back injury. The fact Long did get on the field indicates the Bears don't expect this is a serious injury, but James Brown would be Long's backup if the problem lingers. Brown started out as a tackle when he came to Chicago as an undrafted rookie last year but was moved to guard and had the spot at the outset of training camp before Long became more familiar. Brown is a little less mobile, definitely better at run blocking at this point than pass blocking.
09/04/13 - RG Kyle Long will get to face Pro Bowl DT Geno Atkins in his debut. "It's something that you grew up watching guys like Geno Atkins," he said. "So obviously to get a chance to play against him will be a real test." Long discounts the talk that speed of play will be much quicker in the regular season for himself and rookie RT Jordan Mills. "In all honesty, there's fast guys out here at practice, so we've seen the speed," he said. "We understand that this one counts."
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 1/20 - Kyle Long, OG, 6-6, 313, Oregon...Developmental project who started just four games in FBS program and played in just 11. Former baseball pitcher who was drafted in the 23rd round out of high school by the White Sox. Started collegiate career as a pitcher on a baseball scholarship at Florida State but flunked out. Transferred to Saddleback JC, where he played defensive end in 2010 and moved to tackle in 2011. Father is Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long; brother is Rams defensive end Chris Long. Excellent athlete for the position. Ran a 4.94 40 at the Combine, best among all guards and 15.8 percent body fat was best among all linemen. Will be 25 in December. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - After being named a high school All-American in football and baseball, Bears first-round pick Kyle Long chose baseball because he wanted to be his own man, not Howie Long's kid. The middle of Howie's three sons thought: Why bother with the intense scrutiny and constant comparisons that come with playing the same sport as your Hall of Fame father? Why not make your own name in your own field?
Besides, baseball was Kyle's first love anyway, partly because in grade school, he wasn't allowed to play Pop Warner football because he was too big. Eventually he figured out he couldn't deny his heritage. But, as an offensive lineman, at least Kyle doesn't play the same position as his defensive end dad and older brother, Chris. He's accepted the scrutiny that he shunned earlier. "I was honestly trying to run from that microscope (in football)," the 6-6, 315-pound guard said. "I was under intense magnification, and I didn't know how to deal with it. I always thought that if I played football, those comparisons would never stop. "Now I'm happy with what I'm doing. There was a time when I tried to run away from that, but you can't run from your bloodlines. I'm a football player; it's in my DNA." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I was at Florida State, I could hear the football helmets smacking and the whistles blowing and the coaches screaming. There wasn't a lot of that on the baseball field. I knew I was not in the right place." -- Bears first-round pick Kyle Long, who first enrolled at Florida State as a pitcher before transferring to Saddleback Junior College and then Oregon to play football. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Bears believe lineage, upside on Long's side...Most analysts will look at the Bears' first-round pick as a reach for a player who is a project, but that's not the way they see it. Few anticipated the Bears would choose the eighth offensive lineman of the first round with the 20th pick, but they chose inexperienced-yet-athletic Oregon guard Kyle Long, the younger son of Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long. "This is the type of athlete and player we have targeted," said Bears general manager Phil Emery. "He's a fast, tough, dynamic athlete. We thought he was the best offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl."
Howie's 6-foot-6, 313-pound son played just one season of major college football and only started four games. He went to Florida State as a pitcher and was drafted in the 23rd round by the White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB draft. But, after finding trouble and leaving Florida State -- in Long's words, because of "chemical dependency" he felt he needed to leave Tallahassee."There was stuff I needed to work on personally," he said, pointing to a DUI on Jan. 3, 2009 as a tipping point in his life. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Long decided to follow in the footsteps of his famous father and brother Chris, a defensive end with the St. Louis Rams. So he transferred to Saddleback Junior College, where he played defensive end his first year (2010) and then converted to O-line and started 10 games in 2011.
Long is considered an excellent athlete for an offensive lineman, especially for a guard, and his NFL bloodlines are a plus. His 4.94 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine was the third fastest among all offensive linemen and the best among guards. His 15.8 percent body fat was the best among all offensive linemen. "Both his dad and his brother feel he's the best athlete in the family," Emery said. "He's got great agility, great lateral agility; very good feet." "I don't know about that," Long said in a conference call late Thursday night. "They might have just been blowing smoke. I'm standing next to a guy right here doing dishes who was a pretty good athlete -- my dad." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - According to Emery, based on the system the Bears use to evaluate athleticism, Long tested higher than any guard in the past 12 years and among the top five tackles over that time. In addition to his academic difficulties at Florida State, Long was arrested for a DUI in January of 2009. "I was a young kid and dealing with stuff off the field," he said. "I'm 4 1/2 years removed from it. I was very straightforward with the Bears. I believe I'm a stand-up guy, honest forthright and blunt."
Emery was more than satisfied by Long's explanation of those events in face-to-face meetings. "All of us have fallen," Emery said. "But do we get up? He's very much a leader. He explained it in detail. He was very young, 18 (at the time of the DUI). He understood the direction he had to go in." Long will begin his Bears career as a guard, and despite his inexperience, Emery sees Long as a versatile player who could eventually factor at the more valuable left tackle position. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - There was plenty of linebacker and cornerback talent on the board at 20, and those were two positions believed to interest the Bears. Only one linebacker, Jarvis Jones; and two cornerbacks, Dee Milliner and long shot D.J. Hayden, had been selected at that point. Among the highly regarded linebackers, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Georgia's Alec Ogletree were still available. Cornerback Desmond Trufant was taken two picks later. Te'o was not taken in the first round, while Ogletree went 30th to the Rams.
The unprecedented run on offensive linemen at the start of the draft seemed likely to eliminate that position from the Bears' consideration. Six were taken with the first 11 selections, including three of the first four picks, and another came off the board when the Giants took Syracuse's Justin Pugh immediately before the Bears' pick. Previously, the most offensive linemen ever selected in the first 20 picks of the draft were six. "We felt there could be a record run on offensive linemen," Emery said. "We felt there could be eight taken, and ours was the eighth." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: SIX GUYS WHO MAY SNEAK INTO THE FIRST ROUND: 4. Kyle Long, OG/OT Oregon: Many have claimed his best position in pro football is guard and it may very well be true. But I had an offensive line coach tell me he really likes Long as a right tackle and was impressed with how much the former Ducks player understood about the position after just five major college starts. If that o-line coach has any say in the draft he wants Long in the second round. - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com