Kyle Long added to Pro Bowl

The Bears got yet another late addition to the Pro Bowl, rookie guard Kyle Long.

The first-round pick was an alternate and will replace 49ers guard Mike Iupati, who was injured in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

Long started all 16 games and did not miss a snap in his first NFL season. He was never flagged for a false start or a holding penalty and made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team.

"I'm extremely humbled and honored to be able to represent the Chicago Bears in Hawaii," Long said in a statement. "None of this would have been possible had it not been for the guys around me. This is all kind of a fantasy that I'm really living right now."

Long is the first Bears O-lineman to reach the Pro Bowl since 2006 (Ruben Brown and Olin Kreutz) and first rookie since Johnny Knox made it as a kick returner in 2009. The last Bears rookie to make the Pro Bowl who was not a specialist was Brian Urlacher following the 2000 season.

In Hawaii, Long will join teammates Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Tim Jennings. The last time the Bears had four offensive players make the Pro Bowl was following the 1985 Super Bowl season. 

-Kevin Fishbain

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