Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long announced his retirement on Twitter, coming as a surprise revelation from the seven-year veteran. Long, 31, is a three-time Pro Bowler, but injuries he has suffered in the NFL have influenced his decision to retire at a young age.
Long made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons with Chicago after being selected in the first round of the 2013 draft out of Oregon. He missed just one game across those three seasons, but has not played in more than 10 games in a single season since.
He suffered severe ligament damage with an ankle injury in 2016 that required surgery and cost him half the season. He also had surgery to repair a torn labrum that season. He played in just four games this season before ending 2019 on injured reserve with a hip injury. He suffered the injury prior to a Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings that he sat out. He returned to play every snap of a Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders before the team placed him on injured reserve for the fourth straight season.
Long played his entire career with the Bears.
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