Chicago Bears offensive tackle Kyle Long went in for surgery, and he’s now focused on getting healthy and ready for the 2018 season.
Kyle Long's lead up to the holidays does not look fun. pic.twitter.com/DJUMYsNNmo
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) December 20, 2017
After that news came out, he decided to show fans exactly what he’s been dealing with as he’s given everything he has to this struggling franchise.
“For people wondering about all my injuries; I’m gonna lay out a timeline for you and it will hopefully help paint a picture of what has transpired the last few years,” Long wrote on Twitter.
“First three years I played every game except for one or two. I switched positions to help team in third year [also wanted a challenge]. Learned a lot about OL switching positions.
“Fourth year, back to guard… healthy, dominant and improving on a daily basis. Tore my labrum in preseason. Opted to play the year and be there for my team – plan was to fix after season.
“Late in the fourth year I got rolled up in the pile and mangled my ankle. Surgery and rehab needed… no time for shoulder.
“Fifth year coming in I was no where near 100% and I did what I could to play and help our young team. As year went on [as a result of shoulder] things happened in proximity of shoulder that were unfortunate. Neck became an issue.”
With all that in mind, surgery was really the only option. He just has to get healthy. His career depends on it, but he also has to think about life outside of football.
“Now [it’s] time for me to fix myself,” he wrote. “Wanted you guys to hear it from me. I’m very excited about what the future holds for this team, and I’m jacked up about being healthy again. And again, thank you all for the support, it means the world to me and my family.”