A top 5 tackle, with top-injury history to boot. He had injury issues in Miami, and now he's torn his ACL and MCL here. Yes, iffy.
Is there a general assumption that Long's career is essentially over, or that no way , given his postion as an OT , he recovers soon enough to play next year?
His career is not over.
Long's career might not be over, but a 315 pound man who tears both of those ligaments is in serious trouble. Questions regarding when he can come back and how effective he'll be when he does are valid.
The fact is, JLong is a talented left tackle with somewhat extensive injury history.
And he just suffered a devastating injury to his knee. His career is almost certainly not over, but to expect him to come back and compete at the same level he did in his early days in Miami is unrealistic, in my opinion.
I'm not sure extensive means what I think you think it means ;)
Why is there a lot of people claiming JLong has an injury bug? I'm not claiming a knee injury such as this isn't serious, but I just don't see a history of this guy getting hurt... cuz there isn't one.
It wasn't until the last game of his 4th season that he finally missed a game. In his 5th is the "extensive injury" everyone apparently talks about. Then he played all of his 6th year until .... well, this week.
So here's the breakdown including this year. In 5 of his 6 years (always as a starter) JLong misses a total of 2 games. That's 2!
In the one "bad" year of his (1 year out of 6), he was placed on IR in December and only missed 4 games or so.
I'm sorry, but I just can't see how 6 games in 6 years is extensive injury history. Plus, the injuries are not all placed in one "achilles heel" of a location. (ie. 1 game = back injury; 4 games = arm injury; 1 game = knee injury)
IMO, Saffold has an extensive injury history... Long does not.
That is all.
ps. that's not all. One last thing: draft OL in 2014!
Quoting from CBS Sports at the time of Long's signing: "There are, however, real questions about Long's future viability. He was hurt for much of 2012 and didn't play well. And though the Rams' medical staff cleared Long after what was reportedly an extensive and long physical exam, you have to wonder if Long is still the same player whom he was, say, two years ago."
The Rams wouldn't subject Long to an extensive physical exam by team doctors if the concerns about Long's durability and health status were fan-invented.
He is very talented. But also he is injury prone. So you have to look at it, from the latter point of view. It is about being durable indeed! Playing through the pain!
Going to be very difficult for Long to recover to levels he is used to performing at without some 'help.'
Guessing he is about to lose a lot of weight and strength which will take a long time to gain back. If his training regimen is on point, he may even come back better as he will spend more time working out and getting in tune with his body.
I am a huge Jake Long fan so to me this is a devastating blow to the team and the organization. He is one of the best tackles in the game period. After a slow start and period of adjustment to our team and this line he has led the way and this line was playing as good as any line in the league imho. Really helped our O-Line getting Zac and Bam Bam healthy along with Harkey and Kendricks returning from injuries. The offense was really rolling and is. Jake is a class act all the way, I could not believe our good fortune in landing him thanks to getting Fish and Snead they are what convinced him of the potential here in St. Louis. I hope Jake comes back from this 100%, I am sure he will give it his best shot cause that is who the man is.
You guys really hit the nails on the head though we really could use at least two linemen in the upcoming draft even before Jake went down. Too much uncertainty as to who will stay or go after the season and depth is a key as injuries happen. How our front office and Fish address this is something that will be interesting to us all this offseason. I love that Roger is keeping a low profile through this season really being a warrior and team guy he deserves the contrat we know he has coming from whoever lands him not sure it will be us.
Finally we start to not have to worry about Sam back there and our Tackles needing help and this happens. It's unfortunate, but at least Jake and Sam can rehab together and push each other.
It's bad but it's not the end of his career. He will be back he may miss a few games early next year but he will be back. It's interesting that so many fans acknowledge he has been battling injures but don't want to consider taking what should be his long term replacement in Jake Matthews.