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Sunday, November 23, 2008
No. 1 pick Jake Long sidelined

Posted by's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins rookie left tackle Jake Long, the No. 1 overall draft pick and frontrunner among all AFC tackles in Pro Bowl voting, is out of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots because of a right lower-leg injury.

Long was assisted on the field and walked off gingerly late in the third quarter. He was examined on the trainers table behind the Dolphins' bench. His right shoe and sock were off. Then he was escorted into the locker room, presumably for X-rays.

No announcement has been made in the press box regarding the injury or whether Long will return, but it doesn't look like he will.

Ikechuku Ndukwe, the usual right guard, has been moved to left tackle. Andy Alleman is at right guard.