Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long is a rich man after inking a four-year extension worth $40 million. But Long will also have to deal with some pain during the 2016 season.
Long will play the entire season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. While a torn labrum isn’t an overly significant injury, it could limit Long’s ability. At the very least, Long will play through some significant pain throughout the entire season.
It’s also not exactly the greatest news for the Bears in terms of longevity after giving the Pro Bowl lineman $30 million guaranteed last week.
Long has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three professional seasons. The former first-round pick out of Oregon will move back to his natural position at right guard after spending the 2015 season as the team’s starting right tackle. Durability has also been Long’s strong suit, as he’s missed only one game during his three-year tenure.