By Chris Emma–
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Three-time Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long will soon be on the mend from two serious injuries.
Bears coach John Fox confirmed Monday that Long will undergo a procedure to repair his injured right ankle next Monday. Surgery on his torn left labrum will follow at a later time.
Long was placed on season-ending injured reserve last week after suffering the severe ankle injury in the Bears’ loss to the Buccaneers on Nov. 13. His right leg was rolled up on a shovel pass play to fullback Paul Lasike, who fell on the lead-blocking Long.
Long’s torn labrum occurred during the third week of the preseason. He opted to play through the injury with the hopes of helping his team.
The Bears fell to 2-8 after Sunday’s 22-16 loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium. They’ve seen plenty of attrition to their depleted roster, including an ankle injury to left guard Josh Sitton and season-ending foot injury to tight end Zach Miller.
After Sitton’s injury, the Bears were playing with two of their five starters on the offensive line.
“These guys are pros,” Fox said of the offensive line in flux. “They have to be ready. They know they’re one play from being the starter.”
Good news did come for the Bears in another form, with Fox confirming that rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was doing much better after what seemed to be a scary neck injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Floyd has been placed in the concussion protocol after the injury.
The Bears return to action on Sunday when they host the Titans at Solider Field.