How Long’s Injury Affects the Eagles

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles outside linebacker Travis Long suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Thursday night’s preseason finale and is out for the season, according to the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

Long had drawn praise from the coaching staff all summer. An undrafted free agent last year, he figured to be a part of the rotation at outside linebacker. Long had also been cross-training at inside linebacker and was being counted on to add some depth there as well.

But because of the injury, he’ll be out for the season.

The blow affects the Eagles at a couple different spots. At outside linebacker, Connor Barwin and Trent Cole are the starters. Brandon Graham figures to be the first rotational player. If the coaches feel first-round pick Marcus Smith II is making progress, Long’s injury could mean more snaps for him. If they don’t feel Smith is ready, Barwin should get used to once again playing a ton of snaps. He played the eighth-most snaps among defensive players in 2013.

Bryan Braman is also still alive at outside linebacker, but he’s viewed as more of a special teams player.

As we mentioned above, Long was getting looked at as the fourth inside linebacker. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of, that role will now be filled by Casey Matthews, who sticks around another year. Matthews has experience playing outside, inside and special teams. Because he can wear those different hats, he’ll likely dress on gamedays. Shorr-Parks also reports that inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho will be released.

Long was not a starter, and he’s never played an NFL snap. But clearly, the coaching staff was high on him and felt he could fill a role in his second season.

Instead, Long will undergo months of rehab on his knee, and the team will look for answers elsewhere.

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  • Rockedupeaglesfan

    Nooooo! Who knew he was injured? Who knew how this would effect the roster? Who knew??

  • knighn

    No Curtis Marsh. No Roc Carmichael. No Alex Henery. Please, God!

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      Eliot Shorr-Parks, aka the Eagles go to guy to leak information, is reporting Henery is out. So one down, two to go.

  • Kleptolia

    I hope this poor guy heals up fast. That’s a tough break.

  • Mathews. Still. Will it ever end?

    • Eagles4Life

      I’m sick.

      • MediaMike


    • dislikedisqus

      All those nights sticking pins in his Travis Long voodoo doll paid off. Don’t mess with Casey “voodoo” Matthews.

  • MediaMike

    Why do we have to suffer through another full year of Casey Matthews horrific play? Long’s knee has forsaken us.

    • Alistair Middlemiss

      Because being our top special teams player is horrific? He is not a starting LB but he is a good special teamer who is ‘sound’ and a decent scheme fit if he has to go in for 1-2 plays.

      Casey Matthes sucked his rookie year, but that was on the coaching staff not on him.

      • TripSquadMonopoly

        Are you defending casey Mathews right now…?

        • Tom

          You still act like he’s our starting Mike. Grow up.

      • peteike

        Did I read that he was 2nd in tackles last yr on ST?

  • DirtyWaters

    There is no god.

    • MediaMike

      What if God is actually a duck?

      • Jason

        Then I like our chances this year

      • DirtyWaters

        Then he would make the team and have his own smoothie.

    • brza

      God eats dinner with the Matthews’.

      • Rellihcs

        God periodically visits Chip Kelly to pick his brain.

      • DirtyWaters

        Jordan Matthews maybe.

        • John

          When Jordan can fit God into his schedule.

    • tomw

      But maybe C. Matthews made a deal with the devil.

      • DirtyWaters

        Was Joey Nickles still signing deals in 2011?

        • Andy Six Score and Four


  • Jay Grace

    Cut Brandon graham

    • disqus, please give us our downvotes back. ridiculous.

      • Kleptolia

        I gave him an upvote for irony’s sake.

      • knighn

        He’s a troll. It was only a matter of time once started using disqus.

        • we’ve been saying that for awhile, no? the reporting here goes over their heads, and Sheil makes his best attempt to drown them in syllables and screenshotss

          • knighn

            Sadly: very little stops a committed troll!

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        I miss down votes so, so much.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        They really need to.

    • MagatBrackendale

      In favor of who?

    • Sean Stott

      You’re kind of an idiot, huh?

  • Jason

    If Casey Matthews making the team as the 4th LB and regular special teams player is the worst news from this preseason, I think I can live with that.

    Feel terrible for Long, that is unfortunate.

  • Eagles1018…Please no more du

    Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor

  • Brian Zee

    Long was filling 2 roster spots backing up both LB positions. This is in essence losing 2 reserves.

  • mksp

    This sucks for the kid.

    He was finally healthy and ready to contribute. Hope he heals and catches on somewhere. Definitely flashed this preseason.

  • Dominik

    Feel so sorry for Long. Probably would have never been a starter in this league (athleticism), but could be solid depth if healthy. Second tough injury in two years – I hope for him he has a chance to come back, but it isn’t very likely, I guess.

    Feel so sorry for the Eagles. One more year of CM. We’re talking only depth here, but it will be a great day when this guy finally gets cut.

  • TNA

    OT: forget Thad Lewis. Terrelle Pryor is available. And Chip was reportedly obsessed with him while at OR. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t come in for a work out. As a backup, he might be incredible in this offense. The opposite of Foles and Sanchez. Behind this run blocking OL and in the backfield with Shady, they could run all game and cause havoc.

    • Eagles4Life

      Pryor is basura on the field, man lol

    • Eagles1018…Please no more du

      I said the same when the raiders released him. Now that Seattle has they need to pull the trigger. Running qb, can learn the game management aspect from Foles and/or Sanchez and he’s an upgrade over Barkley whom they clearly don’t believe in.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Matt McGloin is better than Pryor.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          8-30 game…it’s like being back out in LA.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Only reason I’m awake right now.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            yeah, i used to be at the bar, ordering eggs and a pitcher of Miller lite. sitting on bar patio, with dog, women in bikinis getting served extra strong bloody mary’s. seriously, any single guy under 25 needs to live 1 yr out in LA.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Or San Diego. I didn’t even live there, just had an extended vacation. It’s a big candy store.

          • you and cliff are making me consider a W.C.-vacation. I feel I only have a few years left before the settle down bug hits. and i’ve run out of patience for these eastie girls.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            You should do it. Take a nice two week trip out there and split time between the two. So much to do in both, spots. Just stretch your neck out, thoroughly. Your head will be on a swivel.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            gotta go, trust me. such a different attitude. they actually trust and believe our BS! like shooting fish in a barrell

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Kinne is better.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    not to over-react to Long’s ACL (feel really bad for the guy, was 24 hrs from dream and has close to biggest set-back possible. know i”ll be pulling for him next camp) or caseymatthews making roster (fine if he rides pine/covers kicks only)…but at some point here, Kelly/Howie/Davis have to address MLB, well more specifically, Ryans’ replacement. Maybe Knott sent them for a loop, but think teams find out months (like 4 or 5) before we do about failed tests. guess see how it plays out this year, if Ryans comes off field on most specialty groups. then maybe they think it’s a part time position, play alot of 3-3-5, 4-2-5, 4-1-6, assuming base wins on 1st and 2nd.
    least find a MLB that they can put on practice squad to develop. Smallwood got cut, saw him as high as a 2nd in mock draft, went 7th, so must be big decrepency between what the Kiper/McShay’s see and coaches, so maybe not him, but someone like him, except talented.

    • willissez

      Certainly agree, and I think they would do. Mosely was one of those “top 6” that they wanted in the first, right?

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        i’m sure, and was reported. but he wasnt an option, was gone and i’m not a trade up 1st round guy, it’s really too expensive if moving more than 2 or 3 spots (look at ‘allas, they’ve given away 4 top 100 picks in last 5 yrs, bet they’d love to have 3 top tier talented defenders today). Even trading back in for a 5th, adding UDFA this summer, something.
        i was OLB/WR or WR/OLB in 1st 2 rds guy, so i like the draft, give it some time on Smith2. i’ll start freaking in 14-15 months if he cant get on field.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      I think we go in to next draft with MLB and OL as our biggest priorities, with OLB not far behind. That’s nothing against MS2 or Berwin, just that I figure we’ll be losing Graham and Cole and we should be looking for Berwin’s eventual replacement.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        OL seems fine to me. Tobin moves in for Herremanns, got 3 guys under 25 starting. think we found out Stoutland can make some OL guys, and he has couple young guys to work with, heck, kelly looked good. Graf bet ends up on PS. Peters and Mathis get hurt or fall off map, yeah, that changes things.
        agree, have to go LB heavy early in drafft. that and corner.

  • lib4

    How many lives does Matthews have ? Seriously I am done. There has got to be someone somewhere on waiver wire we can bring in. I am begging pleeeeease

  • Blaqjaq

    Still hating on Casey Matthews because he’s not his brother? Or because the coaching staff threw him to the wolves his rookie season? He is a quality special teamer, one of several players who will make this team on that skill alone. The unending criticism of this guy is completely irrational.

  • Fly High

    This is truly sad, we lose our best overall OLB back-up (Graham can rush better, but Long is a better Jack) and ILB depth at the same time!


    Braman has looked pretty violent rushing the passer, although mostly against backups he still looks like the type of rusher you want: a guy who will violently attack relentlessly and repeatedly and have the qb on edge the whole time.