Jake Long is still on pace for Week 1

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams starting left tackle is upping his workload, getting closer to being ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long continues to recover from surgery to repair his torn ACL. Long was working with trainers again at Tuesday's OTAs and was even spotted doing walk-throughs with his teammates. Head coach Jeff Fisher addressed Long's recovery after practice on Tuesday.

"He's doing some individual stuff, a lot of stuff inside that you don't see and then he's able to participate in the walk-thru," Fisher said. "So, he's still getting the football, the assignment, and things. He's having the opportunity to line up against Greg (Robinson) and communicate in walk-thru. He'll be ready to go I'm sure."

That's good news for the Rams. If Long is ready to play when the season starts, they'll have their starting five intact for the first week of the season ... and hopefully longer.

Long injured his knee later in the season, which is why his pace of recovery is trailing quarterback Sam Bradford's. Signed as a free agent last spring, Long provided a stable, productive presence that the Rams have been missing on the blind side for a long time. Over the course of 15 weeks -- he was injured early in Week 16 -- Long allowed just six sacks.

He was a huge asset as a run blocker, grading out higher than any other Rams lineman last season on Pro Football Focus' grading scale. In fact, his 14.8 grade as a run blocker was the best of any Rams lineman since 2006.

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