Chris Long helps restrain younger brother during fracas

News-DemocratNovember 24, 2013 

— The first brother vs. brother matchup between Chris and Kyle Long will be remembered for a brief scuffle in the second quarter.

Kyle Long, the Chicago Bears' right guard, got into a altercation with St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes on a wild play.

Chaos broke out on the field when Bears quarterback Josh McCown dumped off a pass to avoid being sacked.

Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson picked up the ball and started to run, but Bears fullback Tony Flammetta grabbed him by face mask and whipped him to the ground.

Meanwhile, Kyle Long ran toward Hayes, who was on the ground, and jumped on him.

Chris Long, the Rams' left defensive end, was on the sidelines taking a break. He raced onto the field to help corral Kyle Long and drag him away from Hayes.

"It's tough,'' Chris Long said after the Rams' 42-21 win over the Bears. "You have one of your best friends (Hayes) and your brother. It's not the first time that I have restrained (Kyle).

"I think both of those big, strong guys probably needed to be restrained there. They're two of the strongest people I know. I'm just glad that everybody got out of there OK. It's just a heated game.''

Kyle Long said he was reacting to a cheap shot in the back "about 30 yards away from the play."

"I still don't know if there was a whistle. Some of the guys said there was," Kyle Long said. "You can't lose your cool, and I lost my cool."

Kyle Long tied to kick Hayes as he was being pulled away, but he wasn't ejected.

Referee Jerome Boger said he never saw Kyle Long kick at Hayes.

There were three penalties -- intentional grounding, face mask and unnecessary roughness -- against the Bears on the play, which was ruled an incomplete pass.

The Rams accepted the 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness on Kyle Long.

Other than that, it was an uneventful day for Hall of Famer Howie Long's two sons, who lined up close to each other all day, but rarely squared off against each other.

"It's not like we went head-to-head much,'' Chris Long said. "I'm sure there's some out there disappointed with it if they were glued to the TV looking for conflict between us.''

After the game, the two brothers hugged near midfield.

"It was really cool and special for us,'' Chris Long said. "We may not get another opportunity like that. I'm very proud of him. He played hard today. He's going to continue to get better.

"I'm glad we got the win. I'm glad he came out healthy and I came out healthy.''

Eye injury shelves Finnegan

The Rams won't have cornerback Cortland Finnegan for the rest of the season.

Finnegan has been placed on injured reserve because of an orbital fracture below his eye that has caused blurred vision.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Finnegan sustained the injury in Week 4 against San Francisco.

"We did numerous tests and 'Cort' elected to play with it,'' Fisher said. "He was hoping that his vision would clear up, and it did not.''

Finnegan got a second opinion on his eye during the bye week. He was advised not to play anymore.

"I'm stubborn,'' Finnegan said. "I wanted to stick it out and show these guys that I was tough about it. I went during the bye week and I got it looked at and it wasn't good.

"It's one of those things that I have to have surgery on, and hopefully it corrects it.''

There was some musical chairs during the game among the Rams' secondary.

After Trumaine Johnson left the game with a head injury, the Rams had to move safety Rodney McLeod to cornerback.

Rookie Brandon McGee served as the Rams' nickleback.

Rookie safety T.J. McDonald returned to the Rams' starting lineup after missing six games because of a broken leg.

Quick hits

Rams running back Daryl Richardson, who has been bothered by a lingering foot issue, was inactive for game.

Also inactive for the Rams were cornerback Quinton Pointer, who was signed from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday, guard Harvey Dahl (knee), guard-center Barrett Jones, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, guard-tackle Mike Person and defensive end Gerald Rivers.

* The last time the Rams tallied 42 points in a game was December 30, 2001, in a 42-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

* Austin is the first player in NFL history with a 95-plus yard punt return touchdown, an 80-plus yard reception touchdown, and 65-plus yard rushing touchdown in a season.

* According to Fox Sports, Austin is just the third player since 1940 with four 50-plus yard touchdowns in consecutive games. The other two were Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Gale Sayers.

* Rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree led the Rams with 11 tackles, according to the press box statistics.

* Disney Channel star Coco Jones sang the National Anthem. She is the daughter of former Rams defensive lineman Mike D. Jones and studio singer Javonda Jones.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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