What would Bears do without Long?

Posted Aug 21, 2017

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what the Bears might do if Kyle Long isn't ready to start the season, the likelihood of Roy Robertson-Harris becoming a regular contributor on defense and the Bears record-holder for most consecutive games played.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on

I sure hope that Kyle Long will be ready to start the regular season. But if he isn’t, what is the contingency plan?

Arthur L.
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

The Bears aren’t going to reveal how they would replace Kyle Long at left guard if he misses any time in the regular season. The only thing we know for sure is that the starting offensive line performed pretty well in last Saturday night’s preseason win over the Cardinals with Hroniss Grasu at center and Cody Whitehair at left guard. The unit did not allow a sack and opened holes for rookie running back Tarik Cohen, who rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries in just over one quarter. Here’s what quarterback Mike Glennon had to say about working with Grasu in Arizona: “I thought he did a really good job stepping in there. It was honestly as smooth as could be. It felt like we had been working together all of OTAs and all of camp. I thought he handled himself well. Communication was good. I thought it was as smooth as it possibly could be.”

Do you think that Roy Robertson-Harris has a chance to be a regular contributor on defense?

Ellis A.
Spartanburg, South Carolina

If he continues to play like he did last Saturday night against the Cardinals, the Bears won’t be able to keep him off the field. Roy Robertson-Harris, a second-year pro who moved from outside linebacker to defensive end during the offseason, recorded two sacks and two tackles-for-loss in the second half of the Bears’ 24-23 win. Robertson-Harris had sacks on back-to-back plays on one drive and then on the next series he stopped running back Elijhaa Penny for no gain and pressured Blaine Gabbert into a third-down incompletion, forcing a punt.

Who holds the Bears record for most consecutive games played?

Allen H.
Wheeling, Illinois

Steve “Mongo” McMichael holds the record with 191 consecutive games played. Walter Payton is second with 186. As you may know, the Hall of Fame running back missed just one game during his illustrious 13-year career with the Bears due to an ankle injury as a rookie.

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