Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, left, is sacked for a 6-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
(FootballStL) -- St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long is seemingly getting stronger as his team continues to falter late into the season and he is showing no signs of being stopped.
Long, who has been nursing a sore ankle, has been limited in practice during the last two weeks but fans would never guess that when seeing him continuously apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks.
“I was able to hustle on one today and run him down,” Long said. “Eugene Sims had a great rush on that one. It works like that sometimes. The other guys are rushing and you get the sack, or you get the rush and then someone else gets the sack. We are a team, a good team defensive line effort.”
That “one” he spoke of was his career-high 13th sack of the season which currently places him fifth in the league in total sacks.
Long now has ten sacks in seven of his last eight games played.
“It doesn’t mean anything to me without winning,” Long said.
And those wins are very few and far between for Long and his teammates as the two-win Rams will now have to prepare to play the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) on Saturday.
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