Bears RT Long selected to third Pro Bowl in as many seasons

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears right tackle Kyle Long has been selected to his third Pro Bowl in as many seasons.

Long was announced Thursday as a replacement for injured Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters. The game is scheduled for Jan. 31 in Honolulu.

The recognition comes after an up-and-down season that had the athletic Long struggle at times following a switch from right guard in the week leading up to the opener. Long is the first Bears offensive lineman and seventh Chicago player to make the Pro Bowl in his first three years as a pro. The most recent was linebacker Brian Urlacher (2000-02 seasons).

Long started all 16 games and helped quarterback Jay Cutler produce one of his steadiest seasons while creating room for running back Matt Forte. Cutler had a career-high 92.3 passer rating, and Forte averaged 99 yards from scrimmage – ninth in the NFL.

The Bears went 6-10 in their first season under coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace.

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