Kyle Long on playing his brother Chris in the playoffs: 'On Sunday, we're not related'

Chris and Kyle Long haven’t talked all week ahead of their family reunion of sorts at Soldier Field this Sunday.

Kyle, the Chicago Bears offensive lineman, will play host to his older brother Chris, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, for their opening round playoff game on Sunday afternoon.

And while the game will mark a special moment for the two brothers — few ever get the chance to play against family in a NFL playoff game — Kyle isn’t going to be searching for his brother come game time.

“Unfortunately, I’m playing against my family this week,” Kyle told the NFL Network. “You’ve got to look at it as just another dude out there. He kind of looks like me, possibly, but on Sunday, we’re not related, so I’ve got to focus on my job.”

Kyle, who has spent six seasons with the Bears, is obviously joking about the last part. However that’s not a bad way for him to think ahead of his first career playoff game and Chicago’s first playoff game since 2010.

It didn’t take long for Chris to see his comments, either — and he decided to bring his son into the mix.

Chris — who has been in the league since 2008 and has won back-to-back Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and Eagles — did have a serious take on Sunday’s game, however.

NFL Family: Chris Long, Kyle Long and Howie Long
See Gallery
NFL Family: Chris Long, Kyle Long and Howie Long
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long (56) poses with his father Howie Long and brother Kyle Long during the NFC Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings on January 21, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Eagles won 38-7.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: TV personality and former NFL player Howie Long celebrates with son Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 16: After the practice ended, Patriots defensive end Chris Long (#95, right) held his five-month-old son Waylon, as Chris' brother (#and Waylon's uncle), Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long (left) leaned in and tried to entertain his nephew. The New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears held a joint practice session at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 16, 2016, in preparation for their NFL exhibition game Thursday night. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 18: Chicago Bears head coach John Fox (left), has a word and a hand for the Long brothers, Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long (center) and New England Patriots defensive lineman Chris Long (right) on the field after a preseason game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Aug. 18, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 24: Defensive end Chris Long #91 of the Virginia Cavaliers stands with his father and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long before Chris' jersey retirement during pregame of their matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium on November 24, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long and his son, the St. Louis Rams first round draft pick Chris Long during the 2008 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots speaks to father Howie Long before Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

He knows it’s going to be hard on his parents — especially his dad, NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, who is turning 59 on Sunday.

“Man, it’s probably going to be pretty crazy for them,” Kyle told the Chicago Sun Times. “It’s gonna be a fun birthday for them. I don’t think my mom will be able to watch. She’ll be there, but she’ll probably have her eyes covered the whole time. They love their kids. They’re going to be happy to be here. I think everybody’s just happy.”

Subscribe to The Yahoo Sports NFL Podcast

Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Podcasts

More from Yahoo Sports:
Ticket prices plummet for college football title game
Steelers’ Brown responds to ex-teammate, calls him ‘Uncle Tom’
Soaring TV ratings, streaming viewership an NFL bright spot
Thamel: How Saban’s evolution changed Alabama


Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.