Long did not practice Thursday due to an ankle injury.|||||||
Long said he felt fine and sat out practice as a precautionary measure. He leads the team with 10 sacks.
After just a year in the NFL, Long feels like a veteran. The St. Louis Rams' defensive end was the team's No. 1 pick last year and the second overall selection. He started all 16 games and had 57 tackles and four sacks _ tied for second-most among NFC rookies.|||||||
As he enters his second season, the Rams expect even bigger things from Long. So does he, saying that he's now more comfortable not only with what's expected of him on the field, but the off-the-field routine. "He's a second-year player," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "There's a big jump you've got to make from year one to year two, and we're hoping Chris makes that."
Defensive end Chris Long agreed to a multiyear deal with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, leaving plenty of time for the second overall pick in the 2008 draft to report to training camp.|||||||
The Rams project Long will start at right end, beefing up an anemic pass rush. The Rams report to training camp at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., on Thursday.
The St. Louis Rams and Long, the second overall pick in the draft, reached an agreement on a contract Saturday night, according to a published report.|||||||
Long, the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, is expected to sign a deal that covers at least five years early next week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its web site. The Rams report to training camp at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., on Thursday. The Rams anticipate the 279-pound Long starting at right end to beef up an anemic pass rush.