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

Sunday November 24th, 2013

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. 

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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.

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