The Philadelphia Eagles released linebacker Travis Long early on Wednesday morning, according to an official announcement from the team.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise. Long, 25, has had a few nice moments during training camp practice over the last couple of days. He's finally healthy after suffering two ACL tears in the past two summers. Now he's gone.
The Eagles originally signed Long back in the summer of 2013. There was thought he could push for a roster spot at 3-4 outside linebacker but he spent the last two seasons on the injured reserve list. Now that the Eagles have switched back to a 4-3 defense, he may not have been seen as the best scheme fit. His injury concerns are obviously apparent as well. Including college, Long has suffered three ACL tears in the past four years.
Long's release comes one day after the news of Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham reportedly being arrested for assault. Philadelphia could be opening a roster spot in order to sign a linebacker who's a better scheme fit and not so injury prone. By cutting Long now, the Eagles are also giving him a chance to land somewhere else.
Until the Eagles sign someone, the roster currently stands at 89. All Eagles players are scheduled to report to training camp today. Philadelphia's first full team training camp practice will take place tomorrow on Thursday, July 28.