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Morning Ram-blings: Long has surgery

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have repeatedly made it clear they believe left tackle Jake Long can recover from the torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in time to begin the 2014 NFL season.

Those chances hinged greatly on how quickly Long would be able to have the surgery. After Long suffered the injury Dec. 22 against Tampa Bay, coach Jeff Fisher said it would be four to six weeks before Long would have his surgery as he waited for swelling to go down before he could have the operation.

The good news is that Long's surgery came on the short end of that timetable. Long had surgery earlier this week, according to stltoday.com's Jim Thomas. According to Long's wife, Jackie, the surgery went well and the recovery has already begun. She tweeted a picture linking to her Instagram account with the caption in part saying "Surgery was a success and he's already on his way to a full recovery!"

For the Rams, the sooner Long can get on the road to rehab the better. The team has plenty of moving parts to deal with as it pertains to the offensive line already so if they can have at least a good idea of where Long is in rehab by the time free agency and the draft roll around it could help alleviate some of those concerns. We'll explore what goes in to Long's recovery next week and how realistic it is for him to return in time for the start of the regular season.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Friday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we examined the much ado about nothing photo of Tavon Austin with a group of Rams fans from Los Angeles. ... In the ongoing series ranking the plays that shaped the season, we reached No. 6 and Austin's scintillating 98-yard punt return for a touchdown against Indianapolis. ... Finally, we looked at draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s revised grades for the 2013 draft class.

Chat: On Friday, we took about two hours to chat all things Rams. The complete transcript is here.

Elsewhere:

Also at stltoday.com, Jim Thomas writes about intriguing local draft prospect Pierre Desir, a cornerback from Lindenwood University.

Along with that, Thomas also takes note of the shift toward bigger corners from this week's Senior Bowl.

CBSSports.com makes the case for former Rams linebacker Kevin Greene to make the Hall of Fame.

At NFL.com, Robert Quinn pleads his case for being named Defensive Player of the Year.

At FoxSportsMidwest.com, Nate Latsch writes that Rams punter Johnny Hekker is making the most of his Pro Bowl trip.