The Bears drafted guard Kyle Long in the first round of the draft in April, which meant that he joined his brother Chris and his father Howie as NFL players.
Chris is a defensive end for the Rams, where he shares a locker room with left tackle Jake Long. Jake Long is no relation to Howie and his brood, but he now also has a brother playing for the Bears.
The Bears signed tackle Joe Long off of the Steelers practice squad on Wednesday, which means that he is now teammates with his brother’s teammate’s brother. Adding to the fun is the fact that Joe Long started his NFL career when he signed with the Rams (when Jake was in Miami) as an undrafted free agent last year. He wound up on the Steelers practice squad later that year, where, to the best of our knowledge, he played with no members of either Long family.
He also played in no regular season games and doesn’t figure to play much for the Bears outside of an emergency in the next two weeks, which makes this a pretty good place to wrap up this installment of the Long Family Chronicles.
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