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Happenings at Halas: Kyle Long on playing his brother in upcoming game

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Kyle Long has never been on the same football field with his brother Chris. He's never been closer than watching practice when Chris was at Virginia. Sunday that will change as the Kyle's Bears face Chris' Rams in week 12.

"It's a blessing that we have this problem," Kyle said Wednesday.

Chris echoed that. "There is no precedent for this. We've never been on the same field together, it's going to be a special day but I hope we can focus mainly on playing the game."

That will come after some greetings and of course a little trash talk. Kyle says he hopes to get out on the field and say hello early. Get that part over with. And then focus on facing one of the league's top sack units. But Kyle is enjoying this moment. This week. He said the game has been circled on the calendar since draft day. "As soon as I got drafted, I had a phone in my face with the Rams schedule and it said Bears at Rams November 24."

There will be times Sunday when the brothers go one-on-one against each other, but that won't happen every play. The responsibility of containing Chris belongs to Jordan Mills, first and foremost.

But it will be odd for Kyle who quoted Drake in describing how it feels. "When your idols become your rivals', that's kind of what this is."

Kyle was not shy about the fact that Chris is his idol--he looks up to him---and the way he lives his life on and off the field. "People would think that my dad would be my idol, but it's Chris. I try to emulate everything he does on and off the field."

Chris was honored by the notion. But heaped praise back on Kyle for his journey to the NFL. "I'm just very proud of him. I admire him for the things he's been able to overcome. It's not easy being the son of a Hall-of-Famer and being my little brother, for whatever that's worth."

To Kyle, that's worth everything. They are a lot alike. They sound alike. Both are highly competitive, driven to be the best and jokesters. Both of them. Although Kyle is told me Chris would have him peeing his pants. Literally, he said, he'd need a change of pants in 5 minutes. Not TMI, just how he feels about his brother.

As a mom, I cannot imagine what Diane Long is feeling heading into this game. But according to Kyle, it's Howie who will be the most concerned. "My mom knows we're going to have fun. My dad's a worry wort." This is why Howie has the day off from FOX. To enjoy this moment with his kids. A dream moment for the whole family.

Relief Effort:

On Tuesday, a handful of Bears led by Robbie Gould delivered water and food to Tornado victims in Washington, IL and Coal City. Both Long and Coach Trestman wore Washington High T-Shirts to support the Panters who play a State Semi-Final game on Saturday night. The Bears continue to do what they can to raise support for the relief efforts. They've established the website: www.chicagobears.com/tornadorelief where money can be donated and bid on auction items. Everything from game jerseys and pants worn in Sunday's win vs. Baltimore to a signed game ball and a 16-person suite in St. Louis for this weekend. The Bears and Bears Care will match donations dollar for dollar up to $100,000. The Red Cross made it clear the greatest need in getting people back on their feet is financial. Donate if you can.

INJURY UPDATE:

Jay Cutler is out of the hard cast but in a stability brace. He remains week to week. Shea McClellin returned to practice today. He says he's 100%. Trestman called his participation today "very encouraging". He will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Isaiah Frey and Craig Steltz were both limited. He did some running around, but no participation. Stephen Paea appears to be out right now with that toe injury.

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