Before Combine: Hgt: 6034, Wgt: 275, 40YD: 4.74-4.79-4.87
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Draft Scout Chris Long News
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.
09/11/14 - DE Chris Long was placed on reserve/injured, designated for return by the Rams Thursday (Sept. 11).
09/08/14 - DE Chris Long suffered an injury to his left ankle against Minnesota and was wearing a grace after the game. Coach Jeff Fisher would only say that Long was still having tests done on the ankle Monday.
09/07/14 - DE Chris Long (ankle) limped off the field in the third quarter and didn't return. Long wouldn't say after the game if he would be available for the Tampa Bay game. He didn't register a single tackle.
12/26/13 - DE Chris Long did not practice Wednesday because of a thigh injury, but he is expected to play Sunday.