When you have as many injuries as the Bears do this year, you might as well take advantage of the bulk rates at the orthopedists.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Bears guard Kyle Long will have surgery to repair ligament damage in his right ankle in addition to a procedure to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Long played through the shoulder injury as long as he could, but when he injured the ankle last week, it cleared the way to start all the rehab for next year.
The Bears have struggled with injuries all year, and have 13 players on IR.
That number could grow, as tight end Zach Miller broke his foot during yesterday’s loss to the Giants and guard Josh Sitton was carted off with an ankle injury, along with rookie linebacker Leonard Floyd had to be taken to the hospital to get a neck injury checked out, though he was cleared and returned to Chicago with the team last night.