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James Laurinaitis signs extension

Updated: September 8, 2012, 9:33 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, one of the key pieces in new coach Jeff Fisher's rebuilding plan, has signed a five-year contract extension.

When defensive end Chris Long got a four-year extension on the first day of training camp, the team said Laurinaitis was also a priority. The Rams announced the deal on their Twitter feed Saturday, saying the team was "thrilled to announce" the signing.

The extension, which runs through the 2017 season, ...

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