Travis Long, an outside linebacker hoping to make the Eagles, won’t have the chance. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the entire season, according to reports.
Long, who also tore an ACL in college, injured his left knee against the Jets in the preseason finale. His injury was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Although the Eagles were deep at outside linebacker, they were likely to keep Long, who was also practicing at inside linebacker. Long could also play special teams, a versatility that helped his case to make the roster.
The Eagles signed Long last year as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State and groomed him on the practice squad. At the end of last season, several teammates hyped Long as someone to watch this year going into training camp.
Without Long, the Eagles have Brandon Graham, first-round pick Marcus Smith and Bryan Braman backing up starters Trent Cole and Connor Barwin. On the inside, they have Najee Goode and Casey Matthews to back up starters DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks.
Emmanuel Acho, an inside linebacker who was competing for a spot, has been released, per NJ.com.
Long didn’t join the Eagles after training camp had started last year. He tore his right ACL late in his senior season with the Cougars. In his four seasons, he totaled 20½ sacks, which was one reason the Eagles believed he could make an impact in 2014.