Chris Long has never missed an game in his NFL career. Not one since the St. Louis Rams drafted him with the second pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. That may change this week. The defensive end is officially listed as questionable for the Week 2 game in Atlanta.
"He did not practice today," Jeff Fisher said Friday afternoon. "He'll be questionable for the ball game."
That's literally all Fisher said on the matter.
Long was limited in Thursday's practice, so from the outside, it appears that his condition has deteriorated. Or, the Rams were just resting him to make sure he could go this week. Either way, it may not be until Sunday, 90 minutes prior to kickoff at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, that Long's status for the game is certain.
Long's fellow defensive lineman, William Hayes, said that his teammate would be fine.
"Chris is fine. He's OK," DE William Hayes said of Long. "He just needed that day off, just to relax."— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 13, 2013
That's a good sign. The Rams need Long and Robert Quinn to exploit a Falcons offense line that struggled with the Saints slapped together pass rush last week. It may be the key to limiting the damage Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are able to do.