Bears Bites: Battle Between Long Brothers A Great Sunday Subplot

Also, how is Julius Peppers coping after early injury problems this season?

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In this edition of Bears Bites, we examine the matchup this weekend between brothers Kyle Long and Chris Long (and the other matchups that deserve attention in the Bears/Rams game), and we also have an update on Jay Cutler’s ankle injury.

- After his early season injury struggles, Julius Peppers seems to be coming around. How is he feeling? []

- Earlier this year, Devin Hester and Tennessee Titans’ RB Chris Johnson made some waves when it was announced that they had raced a cheetah, and that special will air next week on National Geographic Channel. [The Sports Bank]

- Hester isn’t going to be the only dynamic kick returner on the field Sunday, as the Bears are preparing to go up against the lightning-quick Tavon Austin in one of their biggest special teams tests of the season. [ESPN Chicago]

- When Bears right guard Kyle Long takes on Rams’ defensive end Chris Long on Sunday, it will be the first time in the brothers’ lives that they have faced each other on the football field. According to Adam Hoge however, it isn’t the only matchup worth watching in the game. [CBS Chicago]

- Unfortunately for fans, the brothers likely won’t be facing each other directly very often anyway. That’s because Chris Long will largely be going after Bears right tackle Jordan Mills, who is getting some tips from Kyle on how to handle his brother. [Chicago Tribune]

- One of the people who will be paying the closest attention to the battle between the Long brothers is Fox broadcaster Howie Long, who also played in the NFL. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Bears fans have gotten a chance to see the maturation of Alshon Jeffery up close, and according to Matt Eurich, Jeffery is quickly becoming one of the best receivers in the NFL. [Chicago Bears Huddle]

- Finally, the hard cast that was protecting Jay Cutler’s injured left ankle has been removed, and Cutler was able to do some work during Wednesday’s practice wearing only an ankle brace. [CSN Chicago]

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