LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears officially placed guard Kyle Long on Injured Reserve Monday with a hip injury.
Long has been struggling during much of the start of the 2019 season. In a corresponding move, the Bears have signed defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson to the active roster and added tight end Dax Raymond to the practice squad.
The 20th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Long was the model of consistency in his first three seasons with the Bears, starting in 47 of 48 games. He was named to the Pro Bowl all three years and did so in 2015 after being moved to tackle due to injuries on the line.
Then in 2016, injury problems crept in. The guard suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder yet managed to keep playing. A strained triceps then a serious ankle injury ended his season after just eight games. Long then dealt with another set of injuries in 2017 and was eventually placed on IR late in the season after playing ten games.
A foot injury in October of last season limited Long to just eight games in the 2018 season, though he did return for the season finale against the Vikings along with the Wild Card playoff game against the Eagles.
Long played and started in four of the five games this season, missing the Vikings game with a hip injury.