Bears G Long undergoes neck surgery


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long has had surgery to alleviate neck pain.

The three-time Pro Bowl lineman posted a picture of himself on Twitter wearing a neck brace in a hospital room late Tuesday night and wrote he “crushed surgery today.” He called the operation “an important procedure that will lead to much relief.”

Long has ended the past two seasons on injured reserve.

He opted to play in 2016 after tearing his left labrum in the preseason. Long was planning to repair it after that season, but a major ankle injury late in the year required surgery and prevented him from fixing his shoulder.

Long said he was “nowhere near” 100 percent coming into this season and the shoulder injury led to the neck problem.

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