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Jake Long easing back into the fold with Rams

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The Rams aren't going to push their veteran left tackle as he returns from an ACL tear late last season.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Rams are not going to push veteran left tackle Jake Long early in training camp, head coach Jeff FIsher told the Post-Dispatch. Long won't see a full load in the early part of training camp after tearing his ACL last December.

"I think if we're smart, he'll be limited to start camp. He'll participate in individual (drills) and do some stuff. And we'll just start building the reps and building him into practice."

Long tore his ACL in Week 16 last season. He had surgery to repair his ligament in January, and has been working his way through rehab since then.

Fisher said that Long's timeline for recovery was on track. They still expect him to be ready to start on Sam Bradford's blindside in Week 1. The timeline for Long has changed a little over the course of the spring. In May, it was expected that Long would be ready to go when training camp started. By June, that estimation changed a bit, with Fisher saying they expected him back by the "middle part of training camp."

Long did get some work in walkthroughs as part of OTAs this spring.