At 2-5 on the season and coming off a blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, it doesn’t look like the St. Louis Rams are going to be doing much more than playing out the string in the second half of the season.
And according to this report from Pro Football Talk, they will be doing so without the services of starting left tackle Jake Long. This would be the second consecutive season that Long has torn an ACL. He suffered the same fate in a game last December against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Per league source, Rams fear LT Jake Long suffered torn ACL today.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 26, 2014
After signing a four-year, $34 million contract with St. Louis prior to the 2013 season, Long has pretty much been a bust in his season and a half with the team. He struggled with pass protection last season and simply hasn’t performed up to the level of the contract he signed a couple years back.
With the addition of offensive lineman Greg Robinson in the first round of May’s draft, this could signify the end of Long’s career in St. Louis. He has $4 million guaranteed for the 2015 season, which could force the Rams into a making decision moving forward.
It remains to be seen who will replace Long at left tackle for the final nine games of the season. Robinson, who has been playing guard, is a natural left tackle. He could potentially move outside.