When St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Jake Long was carted off the field on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the outlook was not good. Head coach Jeff Fisher said after the game that he thought Long would end up being diagnosed with a torn ACL and it tuns out his crystal ball was dead on.
The Rams have confirmed that further testing showed Long has not only a torn ACL but a torn MCL as well.
“It was confirmed Jake [Long] has a torn ACL and MCL.” – Coach Fisher
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) December 23, 2013
This isn’t news the Rams want to hear and the long term effects are devastating. It’s obvious that the Rams were not going to need Long next week as they have nothing but pride to play for, but the offseason will be an important one for Long who signed a contract this past spring to get out of Miami and to St. Louis.
The Rams need an offensive line to protect Sam Bradford and the last thing they thought would happen is they’d lose both Bradford and Long to ACL injuries. As if the offseason wasn’t already filled with tension, Long’s injury adds to what will prove to be an important period in the growth of Fisher’s team.