Return of Chicago Bears LG Kyle Long will have to wait another week – NFC North – Chicago Bears News

Return of Chicago Bears LG Kyle Long will have to wait another week – NFC North – Chicago Bears News

TAMPA, Fla. — Chicago Bears left guard Kyle Long was ruled out for Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium with an ankle injury.

The Bears announced late Saturday afternoon that Long did not accompany the team on their charter flight to Tampa, Florida.

The three-time Pro Bowl lineman had been listed as questionable on the official injury report after practicing all week on a limited basis.

Long said Friday that his health is improving, but stopped short of pronouncing himself fit to play in Week 2. Long hasn’t played in a game since he suffered a gruesome ankle injury last November — coincidently, against the Bucs in Tampa — that required surgery and months of rehabilitation.

“[I’m] getting closer and closer,” Long said. “I wouldn’t be able to tell you 100 percent [that I’m ready to play], but I will say I’m a lot farther along than I was.”

“It’s tough to articulate [what he has to see from himself at practice to know he’s ready to return]. But I’d say I’ll just know. I’ll know. And I think we’re getting pretty close.”

There’s a reasonable chance that Long — barring another setback — will return next week when the Bears host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Veteran Tom Compton will likely start at left guard for the second straight week.

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