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DT, Long Injures Achilles

Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:54 pm

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (July 29, 2006) -- Tennessee defensive tackle Rien Long hurt his right Achilles' tendon during a rushing drill with the offensive line and had to be carted off the field.

Coach Jeff Fisher said the injury did not look good.

"There's damage to the Achilles'. We're going to do an MRI and see how significant it is, and I'll let you know," Fisher said.

A three-year veteran, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Long had been working beside Albert Haynesworth as the starting tackles. Long, an Outland Trophy winner at Washington State in 2002, played in all 16 games last season and had 3½ sacks and 49 tackles.

"It looks like we're going to lose him for some time," Fisher said. "I can't tell you yet. When I know, I'll let you know. If it's extensive damage to the Achilles', it's in all likelihood he'll be out for the year if it requires surgery to repair."

Long, a fourth-round pick in 2002, has played in 39 games with five starts. He has 99 total tackles and 9½ career sacks.

LenDale White, the Titans' second-round pick, failed to arrive at camp. Fisher said the running back was traveling and expected to arrive in the evening and be on the field the morning of July 30. White agreed to terms on his contract July 27, but paperwork slowed his arrival.

Vince Young, the No. 3 pick overall in the draft, also agreed to terms on his deal the same day as White.

"The difference between, obviously, LenDale and Vince is: Vince and Major Adams were in Nashville, and LenDale was in Los Angeles and his agent's elsewhere," Fisher said. "They just had to get everything put together."

Fisher said he talked with White the night before and the running back feels good and is in shape. White has missed three practice sessions.

"He's not going to have any difficulty with the offense from a learning standpoint. It's the physical things because tomorrow's schedule is to go into shorts and then put full pads on tomorrow afternoon," Fisher said.
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:13 pm

Looks like season-ending surgery for Long...

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Defensive tackle Rien Long will need season-ending surgery on his injured Achilles' tendon after an MRI exam showed it was severed, Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday.

The Titans placed Long, a three-year veteran, on injured reserve. His roster spot was filled Sunday when running back LenDale White reported for camp after the paperwork on his contract had been completed.

With humidity and the temperature making it feel like 105 degrees, the Titans hit the field in full pads for the first time in training camp and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth left practice early with heat-related dizziness.

He was treated inside the Titans' locker room at Austin Peay State University and did not return.

"Albert went real hard early in practice and got dizzy," Fisher said. "We're not going to take any risks there, so we took him in to cool him off."
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