The Philadelphia Eagles have placed outside linebacker Travis Long on the season-ending injured reserve list, according to today's official list of NFL transactions.
This move was expected. Long suffered a torn ACL injury during Eagles training camp practice on Monday. Head coach Chip Kelly gave an update on Long on Tuesday:
"We were in a punt return drill, and he had literally -- it wasn't really a contact drill, he was just getting fit up and kind of stepped the wrong way. I think he knew it when it happened just because it's happened to him before. I don't think there's a real explanation for it, to be honest with you. You just feel awful because we've watched him through the whole process. He's been here the whole time. We watched him rehab. I think all the players felt the same way because they know how much he's got invested in this. When I talked to him on the field and then when we got the final answer last night in terms of what it was, you really can't put it into words in terms of what it is. But he’s going to get operated on soon. They will make a decision in terms of where they are doing that and then he'll start the rehab process again."
Long re-injured the same knee that caused him the miss the entirety of the 2014 season. The Eagles waived/injured Long on Tuesday, which made him subject to NFL waivers. He went unclaimed, however, and made it to Philadelphia's injured reserve list.
UPDATE: The Eagles have signed rookie undrafted free agent Diaheem Watkins to take Long's spot on the roster.