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Bears put Long on IR, activate Wilson


The Bears on Tuesday made several roster moves, most notably placing guard Kyle Long and nose tackle Will Sutton on injured reserve and activating receiver Marquess Wilson.

They also re-signed defensive end C.J. Wilson, promoted offensive lineman Cornelius Edison from the practice squad to the active roster, and signed quarterback Josh Woodrum and offensive lineman Cyril Richardson to the practice squad.

Long and Sutton both suffered ankle injuries in Sunday's loss in Tampa. Long started against the Buccaneers after missing the previous game—a Halloween night win over the Vikings—with a triceps injury. The 6-6, 320-pounder also been hampered by a shoulder injury this season.


Wide receiver Marquess Wilson was elevated from PUP to the active roster.

Long, who had only missed one game due to injury during his first three NFL seasons, signed a four-year contract extension Sept. 7 that runs through 2021. At the time, general manager Ryan Pace called the lineman "a big piece of the foundation we are building."

Selected by the Bears with the 20th pick in the 2013 draft out of Oregon, Long became the first offensive lineman in franchise history to be voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons. The team's last player to accomplish that feat was middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Sutton appeared in the first eight games with six starts this season, recording 15 tackles. Chosen by the Bears in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Arizona State, he has compiled 77 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in 36 games with 18 starts over three seasons.

Marquess Wilson broke his left foot during minicamp in June and opened the season on the physically unable to perform list, making him ineligible to play in the first six games. He returned to practice last Monday, beginning a 21-day window for the Bears to evaluate him.

Wilson fractured the same foot late last season, missing the final five games. He recovered from that injury only to break it again this summer, once again derailing his career.

Picked by the Bears in the seventh round of the 2013 draft out of Washington State, Wilson has appeared in 28 games with 13 starts, catching 47 passes for 617 yards and two touchdowns.

C.J. Wilson spent a couple weeks with the Bears in October but did not appear in a game. The defensive end has played in 78 NFL games with 19 starts over six seasons with the Packers (2010-13), Raiders (2014-15) and Lions (2015), compiling 111 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 15 tackles-for-loss, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. He also has appeared in eight playoff games with three starts, including Super Bowl XLV.

Woodrum entered the NFL this year as an undrafted rookie with the Giants out of Liberty and also spent part of the summer with the Colts. He played four seasons at Liberty, finishing as the program's all-time career leader in passing yards (10,266) and total offensive yards (10,690).

Richardson has appeared in 12 games with four starts with the Bills (2014-16). He spent most of the 2015 season on Buffalo's practice squad after being selected by the Bills in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of Baylor.

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