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Draft Scout Chris Long News
11/20/14 - DE Chris Long, in his second week of practice while on reserve/injured, designated for return, got some reps for the second straight day in 11-on-11 work. Asked if Long might be activated this week, coach Jeff Fisher said, "He's getting better each day. We'll just wait and see how he is tomorrow, but if that's the case then obviously we'll have to make a roster move. We'll see how he is."
11/12/14 - DE Chris Long, on reserve/injured-designated for return since injuring his ankle in the season opener, returned to practice Wednesday. The Rams have 21 days for Long to practice and decide whether to activate him.
Said head coach Jeff Fisher, "We started the window for Chris, so he'll be able to practice. He didn't do much today, but he's going to keep adding to it. That designated IR situation gives you a 21-day period. We think he'll definitely be ready to play within that time period. We wanted to get him back on the field."
Said Long, "This was a good start. I'm heavy into rehab still, and I still have a ways to go. But it was great to be out there with my teammates."
11/10/14 - DE Chris Long, who has been on reserve/injured, designated for return since suffering an ankle injury in Week 1, might return to practice this week. Said head coach Jeff Fisher, "There's a chance he'll get on the field. We're going to discuss it tomorrow with him. He has a 21-day window to practice once he steps on the field. There's a chance that we'll have him back on the field this week." By the end of the 21-day period, Long has to either be activated or stay on reserve/injured for the remainder of the season.
T Jake Long recently had his surgery to repair a torn ACL, an injury suffered against Kansas City in Week 8. Head coach Jeff Fisher said Long "is rehabbing, doing well."
WR Brian Quick, who suffered a serious shoulder injury against Kansas City in Week 8, recently had extensive surgery, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. "He did just about everything you possibly can to the shoulder," Fisher said. "You talk about rotator cuff, labrum, biceps tendon, just everything. It was a successful surgery, a successful procedure, but he's going to be immobilized for quite some time." Fisher also said, "I encouraged Brian to come out to practice. It's going to be probably another week or two before he comes out. There was significant damage to his shoulder. However, he will recover 100 percent, but it's going to be a slow process. It's going to be a training camp thing."
10/15/14 - DE Chris Long, who suffered an ankle injury in the season opener and is on reserve/injured, designated for return, is about two weeks away from being able to begin jogging. Long has his foot wrapped, but said, "It's good to be walking around." The injury, which required surgery, is a rare one for football players and usually occurs with hockey players. It occurs when the ankle twists, and effects the peroneal tendon, which connects muscle to the outer ankle bone. The usual down time is 8-to-12 weeks and sometimes 8-to-10 weeks.
09/11/14 - DE Chris Long won't play for at least eight weeks after he suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Long was scheduled for surgery either Wednesday night or Thursday morning and will be placed on reserve/injured, designated for return. The Rams announced late Wednesday it had been done, but it wasn't reported to the league by the 3 p.m. Central time deadline.
On that list, players can begin practicing after six weeks and play after eight weeks. If he is able to play after eight weeks, his first game back would be on Nov. 9 at Arizona. But that might be a longshot judging by coach Jeff Fisher's comments.
Fisher said after Wednesday's practice, "The players are aware of it (the surgery). Obviously, they're disappointed. I'm disappointed for Chris. I won't go into the specifics on the surgery. It is unique however, and he will be back. When, I can't predict at this time, but we have a good feel that he will be back at some point late in the season."
Again noting the uniqueness of the injury, Fisher said, "The doctors did an excellent job with the diagnosis and we've talked to several other specialists. They felt that this was the best course of action for his ability to return this season, but also for his career."
Asked about Long's demeanor, Fisher said, "Well, he's not taking it very well. Obviously, you guys know him, his personality is such that he's let the team down because he can't be here. That's what he's most disappointed about."
Since being the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, Long hadn't missed any games, playing in 97 and starting 85, including 68 straight. He had 50.5 career sacks with 41.5 coming in the last four seasons.