Posted November 24, 2013

Chris Long saves brother Kyle from possible ejection during Rams-Bears game

Chicago Bears, NFC North, NFC West, St. Louis Rams
Blood is thinker than uniform color: Chris Long (left) saved brother Kyle from further trouble during a midgame scuffle.

Blood is thicker than uniform color: Chris Long (left) saved brother Kyle from further trouble during a midgame scuffle. (Seth Perlman, Nam Y. Huh/AP)

One of this week’s underrated narratives was the debut of the Long-Long matchup, as St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long and Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long — both the sons of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long — faced off on the field for the first time when the two teams played Sunday. While the brothers could have locked horns in a real sense if Chris Long stunted inside or played tackle in sub-packages, it turns out that Chris made the biggest bit of news by saving his little brother from a possible in-game ejection.

With 8:59 left in the first half, the Bears had the ball at their own 47-yard line. Quarterback Josh McCown threw an incomplete pass to fullback Tony Fiammetta. In the ensuing scrum, Fiammetta gave Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson a rather vigorous facemask grab when Johnson picked up the ball, thinking that it was a fumble. This caused a fight near the St. Louis sideline that had Kyle Long in the middle, and Chris running over from the sideline to pull his brother away from the action. 

In the end, Kyle was given a 15-yard penalty for pushing off a Rams player, Fiammetta got a face mask penalty, McCown was busted for intentional grounding, and it was the Fiammetta call that was upheld. The Bears were sent back to their own 32-yard line, but eventually drove to a touchdown when McCown hit Brandon Marshall for a three-yard touchdown.

So, Chris did the brotherly thing, which we think should merit him the bigger drumstick at the Long family Thanksgiving table.

9 comments
dl0007
dl0007

It looked like if little brother didn't shut his mouth, big (older) brother was going to whip his butt!

Jake11
Jake11

How do you get intentional grounding when you are hit while throwing. Also nothing happens if the officials properly blow this dead if they say it indeed was a forward pass. Officials are to blame. Also-no penalty for running onto the field? Don't care if it's your brother

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Good Big Brother, Thanksgiving should be a fun dinner at the Long's house

GOREVS
GOREVS

"In the ensuing scrum..."

So you mean that everyone stopped, formed two tight packs and engaged over the ball to determine possession? Or do you just not know what a scrum is?

coalminds
coalminds

Their fights growing up must have been brutal.

OlDiz
OlDiz

Kyle Long remained in the game but will get hit with a fine by the NFL for kicking at William Hayes on the ground. Not a classy show to display for Dad, dude.


MercedesArroyo
MercedesArroyo

@GOREVS Apparently you are the one that doesn't completely understand the word "scrum"

Jake11
Jake11

Wrong-watch again he was being pulled away and was trying to take a step/regain his balance