Rams fear ACL tear for Jake Long

Updated: December 22, 2013, 5:23 PM ET
By Nick Wagoner | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long was carted off the field after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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AP Photo/Tom GannamRams left tackle Jake Long was carted off after just three offensive plays Sunday.

Following St. Louis' 23-13 win, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team's expectation is that Long's injury is serious.

"We anticipate the worst for Jake," Fisher said. "We'll confirm [it but] we're suspecting he has a torn ACL."

Long suffered the knee injury on a 3rd-and-8 pass play in which he was blocking for quarterback Kellen Clemens. There was no obvious reason for the injury, but Long clearly was in pain after falling down.

Long has started all 15 games this season after signing a four-year deal with St. Louis in March.

Starting right guard Rodger Saffold moved to left tackle, with Shelley Smith entering at right guard to make up for Long's absence.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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