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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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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.

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.

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.

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