It’s being reported that Long is expected to miss the remainder of the offseason program, including training camp and the preseason. There is optimism that he’ll be ready to play at the start of the season. Long spent the past year in retirement and now he’ll be missing out on valuable practice time ahead of the season.
Shortly after the injury was reported, Long took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the situation. It’s clear that he’s remaining positive despite this new injury challenge that he’s set to face.
“I did everything I could to prepare to get back for football,” Long wrote. “Zero regrets. I’ve been getting better everyday and having so much fun with my new team. Focusing on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things! Thanks for the well wishes.”
Long is no stranger to injury-related adversity, having suffered a torn labrum, a triceps strain, an ankle injury, a hip injury and a groin tear with Chicago Bears. This new injury, while stopping Long’s momentum this offseason, is just a minor setback in his NFL comeback tour in 2021.
Thankfully, Long is in good hands with Rick Burkholder and the rest of the medical and training staff in Kansas City taking care of him. If he stays the course with his rehab plan, he could end up back in the starting lineup by Week 1, which will be all that matters in the long run.