In their week 13 loss to the New England Patriots the Miami Dolphins lost left tackle Jake Long to a triceps injury early in the game. The word is that the injury could end his 2012 season, which may actually mean an end to his career as a Dolphin.
Long has his 2011 cut short a bit early by a injury in his right triceps. This injury is to his left triceps and he stood on the sidelined wrapped in ice for quite some time, and after the game the talk from the locker room seemed very season ending-ish. It looks like it could be a tear of some sort (perhaps even just a partial tear, but even that would surely end his 2012 season). By games end he was still wrapped in ice, but was in street clothes as there was zero chance he could return with whatever the injury is.
There will be a MRI on Monday, and we should know sooner rather than later if Long is in fact finished for this season. Either way, he is an impending free-agent who plays a position that gets paid mega bucks and he will be looking for a massive contract this off-season (for a look at Long, and other Dolphins free-agents CLICK HERE …this article shows their salary and the salaries of their position etc).
Rookie 2nd round draft pick Jonathan Martin slid over from right tackle to replace Long vs the Pats, and he was a left tackle at Stanford where he protected the blind side of Andrew Luck.
Miami was technically already in a position to allocate the mega millions they would pay for Long differently as they have a potential replacement in-house with Martin. Add the fact that a few injuries in the past 12 months have hindered Long’s play, plus even the fact that other very good LT’s exist on the free-agent market and we see it is very possible that 2012 will be the final season in Miami for their former #1 overall pick.
The question is, what will the MRI reveal. We will watch the off-season to see if Miami re-ups with Long, but short term we will see if Long can even suit up again in 2012.
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