A limited participant in practice all week, Chicago Bears left guard Kyle Long will not play in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Long, whose 2016 season came to an end in November due to a broken ankle, did not make the trip with the team, the Bears announced.
As a result of the ankle injury and resulting surgery, Long did not play in any of the Bears’ four preseason games or last weekend’s season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons. On Friday the fifth-year pro out of Oregon expressed optimism regarding a return to the lineup, but that will have to wait for at least one more week.
“When you’re out of it and you’re hurt and you feel like you can’t do it, there’s this dark cloud that’s over you all the time,” Long said Friday, per the team site. “It’s amazing, you go out there, you put your helmet on, you put your hands on some people and you move around and get a good sweat and you feel pretty damn good.
“I think it’s good for your brain chemistry. It’s good socially to be around these guys and it’s good to be a teammate to be out there to be doing the things I’m supposed to be doing in practice.”
With Long reportedly out, Tom Compton stands to make the start at left guard for the second consecutive week. Compton, in his fifth NFL season, made his Bears debut in last week’s defeat. He’s now started 11 games in his NFL career, with nine of those starts coming as a member of the Washington Redskins in 2014.