Dec 22, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tackle Jake Long (77) is taken off the field during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams HC Jeff Fisher says Jake Long likely has torn ACL

The St. Louis Rams were able to beat the now 4-11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and did so without contracting a case of MRSA from their disease-ridden opponents. But the day didn’t finish for the Rams without a serious and devastating blow as offensive tackle Jake Long was carted off the field early on and the reports after the game aren’t positive.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams fear that Long has a torn ACL which would not only end his season with a game to go, but put the start of next season in jeopardy as well.

Long has been a huge part of the Rams offensive line this season after coming in via free agency from the Miami Dolphins. If he indeed does have a torn ACL, it would mark the second major offensive player for the Rams to go down with such an injury as quarterback Sam Bradford, the guy Long is supposed to be protecting, is out as well.

There won’t be any postseason for the Rams this year but their offseason just got a lot harder with early word that Long’s injury is a torn ACL. Further testing will happen but things are not looking good in St. Louis.

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