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Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich suffered a torn triceps Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Ninkovich will not require surgery, though, and the team reportedly hopes that he can heal up and return this season because the tendon remained intact. It's not yet clear just how long the veteran will be out, but expect his absence to run well into the regular season. Ninkovich looks like a candidate to open the season on the PUP list. New England signed former Rams DE Chris Long in the offseason, and he figures to factor into the replacement picture. Second-year DE Trey Flowers and free-agent addition Shea McClellin could also see time in Ninkovich's spot. Losing Ninkovich obviously hurts the Patriots defense, but their depth at the position should keep the D's fantasy outlook from taking too big a hit.

Buffalo
10:30pm EDT 3/15/16

On the same day they traded away DE Chandler Jones, the Patriots reached a 1-year deal with free-agent DE Chris Long. The former Ram, who turns 31 later this month, missed 10 games in 2014 and then started just 5 among his 12 appearances last season. He totaled only 4 sacks over the past 2 years after 4 straight campaigns of 8.5 or more. Long figures to be a rotational player in New England, with Jabaal Sheard and Rob Ninkovich likely to nail down the top jobs on the edges. Don't look for much IDP value here, but a healthy Long could certainly help the Patriots' pass rush.

The Rams have released MLB James Laurinaitis and DE Chris Long. Laurinaitis spent the past 7 years starting every game for St. Louis but isn't a special talent at this point -- at least not enough to be worth the $5.25 million in space his ouster cleared under the salary cap. Long will turn 31 in March and started just 11 games over the past 2 seasons because of injuries. He also totaled only 4 sacks over that stretch. The Rams' top 2 backups at DE -- William Hayes and Eugene Sims -- will hit free agency in March, so we'll see what the team does at that position. According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, St. Louis plans to move OLB Alec Ogletree to the middle and try to re-sign S/LB Mark Barron to continue playing the weak-side LB spot that he took over when Ogletree got hurt last season.

Buffalo
10:56am EST 11/22/15

Rams DE Chris Long is active for today's game against the Ravens. He missed the past 4 contests with a broken bone in his right knee. We'll see if he's ready for a full snap allotment. The uncertainty on that front -- combined with the solid play of DE William Hayes in Long's absence -- makes Long a poor IDP play this week, especially against a Ravens team that protects the passer well.

Rams DEs Chris Long (knee) and Robert Quinn (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against Baltimore. The Associated Press reports that Long is optimistic he'll be able to play after missing the past 4 games with a broken bone in his right knee. Quinn returned last week but played only 14 snaps. Neither makes for a good IDP bet this week, especially against a Ravens offense that has allowed just 15 sacks through 9 games.

The Rams have deemed S T.J. McDonald and DE Robert Quinn questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. McDonald returned for a limited practice Friday from a foot injury he suffered in practice the week before. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, McDonald lobbied coaches to let him play in Week 9. It didn't work, but there might be reason for optimism this week. Quinn also put in limited practices the past 2 days after missing Week 9 with a knee injury. We'll see if either is able to return Sunday. DE Chris Long will likely miss his 4th straight game. He's doubtful with a knee injury, leaving DE William Hayes to start again.

The Rams have ruled out DE Robert Quinn and S T.J. McDonald for today's game at Minnesota. They join DE Chris Long on the sideline. The lost pass-rushing production dings the fantasy upside of the St. Louis D a bit, though the unit remains usable. DE William Hayes is active and will start at 1 end spot. He played in place of Long the past 2 weeks but can play either side. Hayes carries nice IDP upside for Week 9.

The Rams have ruled out DE Chris Long once again with the knee injury he suffered back in Week 5. This will mark his 3rd straight game out. That'll clear the way for William Hayes to start again at left DE, assuming he's ready to go. Hayes is questionable again with a thigh injury that he played through last week. He missed Wednesday and Thursday workouts but returned for a limited Friday practice. We'll check his Sunday status. DE Robert Quinn is also questionable with the same knee injury that made him questionable last week. He played through it last week but put in a full practice Friday after sitting out the 1st 2 days. Quinn missed all 3 days this week. That makes him look more iffy for Sunday. Make sure you have a replacement available. S T.J. McDonald is questionable as well after missing practice all 3 days. You should not have him in your IDP plans. Quinn's situation hurts the upside for the team D a bit as well.

The Rams have ruled DE Chris Long out for the 2nd straight game Sunday because of his hyperextended knee. That makes DE William Hayes an upside play again vs. a vulnerable 49ers O-line. The Rams have also deemed DE Robert Quinn (knee) and S T.J. McDonald (shoulder) questionable for Sunday's game, though each put in full practices Friday. We'd guess that both will play, though we'll obviously check their status Sunday morning.

Buffalo
8:55pm EDT 10/23/15

Rams DE Chris Long has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns. He left the Week 5 game at Green Bay with a knee injury and apparently isn't yet ready for action. The team originally announced the injury as a hyperextension that could cost Long a week or 2. We'll see if he can get back for Week 8. He didn't practice at all this week. DE William Hayes will start in his place and carry some sneaky IDP value against a poorly performing Cleveland O-line.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Rams DE Chris Long is expected to miss a week or 2 after hyperextending his right knee in Sunday's loss at Green Bay. The timing is fortunate, because St. Louis gets a Week 6 bye. We'll see if Long's ready for a Week 7 visit by the Browns. If he's not, DE William Hayes would start in his place.

Buffalo
9:09pm EDT 10/11/15

Rams DE Chris Long left in the 1st half of Sunday's loss to the Packers with a right knee injury and did not return. We'll see how serious the injury is. William Hayes stepped in after Long left and would carry some IDP appeal if Long misses further time. The Rams get a Week 6 bye, though.

The Rams activated DE Chris Long from short-term IR on Saturday, allowing him to return from his Week 1 ankle injury that required surgery. According to ESPN.com, Long suffered an uncommon injury, which forced his return to rely more on how he felt rather than an expected timetable. Long seems likely to play Sunday against the Raiders, though we'd have to expect a limited role. If he proves ready for closer to full-time duty, Long could be usable in sack-friendly IDP leagues over the final few fantasy weeks.

The Rams expect DE Chris Long to return this week against the Raiders. Long has been out since ankle surgery following Week 1. HC Jeff Fisher told The Associated Press that the team has missed the veteran pass-rusher's production. Long certainly has a chance to deliver some solid sack numbers the rest of the way on a D-line playing quite well lately.

Rams DE Chris Long returned to practice Wednesday as he works his way back from early-season ankle surgery. The team now has until Dec. 3 to activate him from the IR/designated to return list or shut him down for the season. If Long does make it back to the field, he'll rejoin a talented D-line playing much better than it was when he went down. That'll help his IDP upside and make Long a potential value down the stretch if he can regain his full-time role.

Rams DE Chris Long will miss 8-10 weeks after having ankle surgery on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Long suffered the injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's loss to Minnesota, but the team's original designation that he was "questionable" to return downplayed the severity.  And the Rams -- and Long -- provided little info after the game.  Long's absence takes away a top pass-rushing threat but a weak run defender.  Fortunately for the Rams, 3rd DE William Hayes is good enough to start for many teams in the league.  Hayes becomes an immediate waiver option in deeper IDP leagues, though he could be in for a slow start after working back from 3 offseason surgeries of his own.  Hayes didn't play in any preseason games.  We're not altering our outlook for the St. Louis D at this point, though.  A Week 2 matchup with a Tampa Bay offense that struggled in Week 1 could prove quite favorable.

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