Kyle Long to Replace Jason Peters at 2016 NFL Pro Bowl

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

Chicago Bears offensive tackle Kyle Long celebrates near the end of the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in St. Louis. The Bears won 37-13. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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Chicago Bears offensive tackle Kyle Long is going to his third straight Pro Bowl, as he was named to the contest as a replacement for Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jason Peters on Thursday. ย 

Zach Zaidman of the Bears Radio Network was the first to report the news, as Peters will sit out after suffering myriad injuries during the season, including an elbow ailment in December 2015.

The Bears' official Twitter account provided comments from Long:

Chicago Bears @ChicagoBears

#Bears Kyle Long on Pro Bowl: "I'm very thankful for the fans that voted and for the continual support from the Chicago Bears fan base."

Chicago took Long with the No. 20 overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft, and he has been a staple of its line ever since, missing only one game in three campaigns.

The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long started all 16 games in 2015, and although the Bears struggled to a 6-10 record, he did well to pave the way for running back Matt Forte and protect quarterback Jay Cutler.

Peters was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl and the eighth of his career, but the 2015 season wasn't an easy one for the 33-year-old veteran, as he was constantly banged up and missed two contests.

The Pro Bowl will be played during the week in between and the AFC and the NFC Championship Games and the Super Bowl, and while offensive linemen rarely receive much recognition for their contributions, Long's hard work will once again be rewarded by locking horns with the NFL's very best.

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