Kyle Long replaces Jason Peters in 2016 Pro Bowl
Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl on Thursday, replacing injured Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters.
Via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
Long started at right tackle in 2015, after making the Pro Bowl at right guard in each of his first two seasons. He is the first player in Bears history to make the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons since linebacker Brian Urlacher, according to the team's official website.
Long is honored to be held in the same regard as Urlacher.
Via Bears senior writer Larry Mayer:
Anytime you're mentioned in the same conversation with Brian Urlacher, it's a tremendous honor and I'm very grateful.
Although Long is definitely the Bears' best offensive lineman, he struggled in his new position at some points during the season. He is a far more effective blocker at guard, especially in pass protection, than he is out on the edge.
Chicago should look to bring in a true, starting-caliber tackle this offseason so Long can move back to his natural position.