Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
Myles Simmons of StLouisRams.com confirmed that Jake Long is active for Sunday's game:
#RamsInactives: C. Keenum, T. Mason, M. Alexander, B Jones, A. Bayer, E. Westbrooks. On defense, Gaines starting at CB for Johnson.— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) September 7, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post Dispatch has the latest on Long's recovery:
Fisher also said that left tackle Jake Long, coming off knee surgery, would not play until next weekend in Cleveland.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 reported on when fans can expect to see Jake Long back on the field:
Don't expect LT Jake Long (knee) to play Saturday vs @packers. Return coming later vs Browns or Dolphins— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) August 13, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Pro Football Talk passed along the latest on Jake Long's status:
Sam Bradford unlikely to play Friday, Jake Long out http://t.co/3d0xejpFMo— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 6, 2014
In a make or break year for St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, any injury to his offensive line is going to be magnified exponentially. It's even worse when it's your left tackle tasked with protecting the right-handed throwers blind side.
According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, Jake Long still isn't capable of going all-out in practice recovering from a torn ACL that ended his 2013 season in Week 16, but his rehab is right on schedule.
Thursday's practice didn't appear to offer any setbacks as Long did some work in individual drills, something he's been doing consistently in camp, and then took a handful of reps during 11-on-11. By no means is Long all the way back and there's still plenty of work to do, but if nothing else, Fisher was pleased to see his left tackle back in action, especially with center Scott Wells also taking a few reps.
Wagoner quoted Long as saying that he's still not where he needs to be but is getting stronger each day.
"I'm feeling great," Long told Wagoner. "Every day I am progressing and feeling better. I finally got some live reps today and it felt great. I'm really happy with how the first day of live stuff went."
Rams coach Jeff Fisher is also spot to Wagoner, saying that it's "encouraging" to see Long back in the huddle and on the field doing some drills.
While there is no definitive timetable for Long to play in games, Wagoner noted it wasn't out of the question for the 29-year-old to participate in the preseason later on.
A four-time Pro Bowler and 2010 All-Pro with Miami, Long hasn't been the rock of stability up front since being traded to St. Louis. He's been banged up the last three years, missing a total of seven games, but is still effective, ranking ninth on Bleacher Report's ranking of the top 35 left tackles from last season.
The Rams have high expectations this year on the heels of winning seven games and boasting one of the best pass-rushing duos in Robert Quinn and Chris Long. Their only major question mark is on offense, so any instability up front is going to throw the team's plans into a state of flux.
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