Rams Lose DE Chris Long For 8-10 Weeks
The St. Louis Rams had to let go of defensive end Michael Sam before the start of the season due to too much depth across their defensive line. They may want to bring him back.
Per reports, the team will be without star defensive end Chris Long for up to 8-10 weeks following ankle surgery. Long originally sustained an ankle injury in week one against the Minnesota Vikings when another player rolled up on his ankle.
ESPN‘s Adam Schefter has reported that Long has yet to undergo surgery, but once he does, he will face a length recovery. Still, Long could be back in under two months if everything goes smoothly, which would only have him out for half the year. It’s better than losing him for the whole season, but that’s still a decent amount of time for the Rams to get by without one of their top pass rushers.
The Rams luckily have stud pass rusher Robert Quinn on one end still, and have that aforementioned depth to lean on. Quinn may now face even more double teams with Long not taking attention away on the other side, but the Rams will hope backups William Hayes and Eugee Sims can do enough as part of a rotation to help St. Louis’ best defensive asset (their pass rush) to remain among the league’s best.
Despite the depth, Long is a pretty big loss, as he has notched at least 8.5 sacks in each of the last four seasons.
Long’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time, either. The team already lost quarterback Sam Bradford for the year, while his direct backup (Shaun Hill) also got hurt in week one. That has the Rams heading into week two with an 0-1 record, no quarterback and one less impact player on defense. It’s not a good look for a middle of the road team trying to finally take the next step under head coach Jeff Fisher’s watch.
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