Jake Long on the mend from torn ACL; eyes regular season
St. Louis Rams tackle Jake Long stretches during the first day of organizaed team activities at Rams Park in Earth City, Missouri on June 5, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 17: Jake Long #77 of the St. Louis Rams blocks during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at the Edward Jones Dome on August 17, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
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St. Louis Rams Jake Long waits in his cart for the start of the Albert Pujols Golf Tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club in St. Louis on July 8, 2013. The tournament benefits the Pujols Family Foundation. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(FootballStL) -- If there’s been on constant along the Rams offensive line the last few years it’s been injuries. From Rodger Saffold to Scott Wells and Harvey Dahl you could barely blink before another one went down it seemed like.
And Jake Long got caught up in the unfortunate trend in the last game of the 2013 season when he tore his ACL. For a guy who’s gone through countless injuries before in his career, this was yet another setback.
“This is definitely one of the toughest. (Tearing your) ACL isn’t a joke,” Long said. “It’s one of the longest to come back from but I’ve just my head down and wanted to work hard and get back.”
Long is on track to return at some point during training camp. You can tell the Rams are banking on his return based on the fact neither Rodger Saffold nor Greg Robinson have moved to left tackle at any point this offseason during OTAs.
They’re simply going with other players instead of shuffling things around to accommodate Long’s absence. If he were to miss time during the season, it’s almost a lock Saffold would move over. But they, instead, want him working on the position he’ll play once the regular season starts.
And that’s not left tackle.
Jake Long – for now – appears on track to be ready once September hits.
“He’s doing some individual stuff, a lot of stuff inside (the facility) that you don’t see and then he’s able to participate in the walk-thru,” head coach Jeff Fisher said. “So, he’s still getting the football, the assignment, and things. He’s having the opportunity to line up against Greg (Robinson) and communicate in walk-thru.