Kyle Long to start at right guard as Bears take on Vikings

CHICAGO — Right guard Kyle Long will take to the field as a starting right guard when Chicago takes on the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears announced ahead of the game Sunday.

The Bears activated Long from injured reserve Saturday, clearing the way for the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to play in the regular-season finale at Minnesota.

Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets. He had surgery and was placed on IR with an option to return.

The NFC North-champion Bears could earn a first-round playoff bye with a win and a loss by the Los Angeles Rams, while the Vikings need a win or a loss by the Philadelphia Eagles to make the playoffs as a wild card.

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