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Draft Scout Jake Long News
06/12/14 - LT Jake Long's season ended in Week 15 last season when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the third consecutive season that Long's season ended prematurely because of an injury, so he has grown accustomed to offseason rehab. But this year was different, he said this week during OTAs where he is participating in walk-throughs, some individual work, and then conditioning on the sideline.
His ACL surgery was delayed until mid-January waiting for the MCL to heal on its own. Since the surgery, it has now been 22 weeks of grinding virtually every day to get back as soon as possible.
"It's definitely the toughest (rehab)," Long said. "I know the routine of what it takes to get back, and the rehab process and all that stuff. I'm used to it probably a little too much. You're gonna have the ups and downs.
"An ACL is not a joke. And one of the longest to come back from. I've just put my head down and put my nose to the grindstone and really wanted to work hard and get back."
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Long should be ready and cleared for contact halfway through training camp with the obvious intent to be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
Said Fisher, "He's doing some individual stuff, a lot of stuff inside that you don't see, and then he's able to participate in the walk-through. So, he's still getting the football, the assignment things. He's having the ability to line up (with left guard) Greg (Robinson) and communicate in walk-through. He'll be ready to go, I'm sure."
"Yeah, Week 1's the goal, and that's what we're looking at right now," Long said. "Every week it's getting stronger. I'm doing more and more on the field. I'm doing position-specific stuff. Every single week, we try to introduce something more, and I just get more strength. I get smoother at my pass sets and coming off the ball. I'm really excited and happy with how I'm progressing."
Long said he was helped
06/06/14 - LT Jake Long, who suffered a torn ACL in the next-to-last game of the 2013 season, is doing individual drills but otherwise isn't participating in OTAs. The Rams expect Long to be ready for contact work in practice midway through training camp.
12/26/13 - T Jake Long, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, was officially placed on injured reserve.
12/24/13 - LT Jake Long suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against Tampa bay, and he also tore his MCL. The latter can heal on its own, but will delay surgery for about four-to-six weeks.
With training camp roughly seven months away, Long's healthy return for the start of the 2014 season appears in doubt, but Fisher is optimistic.
Said Fisher, "He takes very good care of himself. He knows and understands what's ahead. Obviously he is shocked right now but he's indicated to us that he'll be back and good to go."
As for his readiness for the start of the season, Fisher said, "I wouldn't say doubtful. I think there's a difference between a skilled player and an interior lineman, especially an offensive lineman. Now this is the first one that I've been associated with from an offensive line standpoint and an ACL, but doctors were very optimistic, as he was."
12/05/13 - T Jake Long appears on his way to being able to play Sunday. Long suffered a concussion Sunday against San Francisco and was limited in practice Thursday after not participating Wednesday.