NFC North: 2014 Pro Bowl

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears 2013 first-round pick right guard Kyle Long has been added to the 2014 NFC Pro Bowl roster after San Francisco 49ers left guard Mike Iupati fractured his left fibula during the NFC Championship Game.


Long is the Bears’ first Pro Bowl offensive lineman since center Olin Kreutz and guard Ruben Brown were awarded the honor in the 2006 regular season.

Selected with the No. 20 overall pick out of Oregon, Long started all 16 games at right guard for the Bears despite playing just one year of Division I college football for the Ducks. Long began his collegiate career at Florida State playing baseball before eventually switching to football and enrolling at Saddleback Community College for two years. In his lone season at Oregon, Long played in 11 games and started the final five at left guard.

The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, the 6-foot-6, 313 pound rookie was a fixture on a rebuilt Bears’ offensive line that surrendered only 30 sacks in 579 passing attempts and helped pave the way for tailback Matt Forte to rush for 1,339 yards.

Long is now the fifth Bears player to be named to the 2014 Pro Bowl joining wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, running back Matt Forte and cornerback Tim Jennings, who replaced Seattle’s Richard Sherman on Monday.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings has been added to the 2013 NFC Pro Bowl roster, the team announced on Monday.

This marks the second consecutive year Jennings has been named to the Pro Bowl.

The Bears rewarded Jennings with a new four-year, $22.4 million contract after he led the team with four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and 13 pass break-ups in 2013. He finished the year with 57 tackles, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

The eight-year NFL veteran had a breakout year in 2012 when he recorded a league-best nine interceptions en route to being named second-team All-Pro. He was the 2012 NFC Defensive Player of the Month in September.

Jennings is the fourth Bears’ player to be named to the Pro Bowl, along with wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and running back Matt Forte.

Right guard Kyle Long is a Pro Bowl alternate and could also be added to the roster.