Bears' Kyle Long Feeling His Healthiest In Years

Long underwent three procedures this offseason.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
April 13, 2018 - 1:34 pm
Bears guard Kyle Long

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(670 The Score) It has been a long few years for Bears guard Kyle Long, but he finally sees the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Long underwent three surgical procedures this offseason -- repairs to his neck, shoulder and elbow -- but is feeling healthy once again. After playing just 18 games the last two seasons while dealing with those injuries, he's on track for a training camp with limited to no restrictions.

"It's been a long process trying to get Roger Goodell to confirm and allow a robot player in the NFL," Long joked on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Friday morning.

"I'm feeling great. The new strength staff has presents new challenges for me every single day, mentally and physically. From a confidence standpoint, when you're coming back from this kind of thing, you need somebody to push you. You need somebody to help you get through those thresholds. That's really what's driving me, is trying to be better this year than I was the year before  and the year before that. Progress is key.

"This is the healthiest I've been in quite a few years."

Long played in 47 of a possibly 48 games in his first three NFL seasons, earning a Pro Bowl nod each year. But the injury troubles began during training camp in August 2016, when he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder. 

Long's 2016 season ended with a serious injury to his right ankle that required surgery. He bypassed the left shoulder repair while dealing with the ankle rehab, and it was reaggrevated in the 2017 season, compounded by the injuries to his neck and elbow. 

After a grueling two years, Long finally has a fresh start ahead of him.