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Long (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against Washington.

Long was able to return to practice Friday, setting him up to play in this contest. He'll be working against a Washington offensive line that has surrendered 39 sacks this season, second-most in the NFL.

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Long (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Washington.

Long missed Wednesday and Thursday practices, but it was evidently mostly for rest purposes. He practiced fully and is ready to go for Sunday, so those who can use him in IDP leagues can proceed as they would normally.

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Long (ankle) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

The absence marks Long's second in a row, but he just took the field for the first time since Week 1, meaning the days off are likely intended for maintenance and nothing to worry about. No matter, Friday's injury report should relay his availability for Sunday's game at Washington.

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Long racked up two tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery in his return from injury Sunday.

The Rams' defense has really found its way the second half of the season, and getting a stud like Long back only bolsters the unit. While Long is overshadowed by fellow end Robert Quinn, he still had 19 sacks the previous two seasons.

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Long (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

A left ankle injury, suffered in the regular season opener, necessitated surgery and ended up costing Long more than two months of action. He's finally been cleared to return, though it would make sense if the Rams kept him on a snap count Sunday against Oakland.

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Long (ankle, IR/designated to return) is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders, barring a setback, ESPN.com reports.

Long -- who hasn't suited up since Week 1 -- has been practicing for the past two weeks, and it looks like the Rams' pass-rusher is on track to be added to the team's 53-man roster as the week progresses.

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Long (ankle) returned to practice this week but is still a long shot to play against Denver, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Long would be a boost to a defense that has been improving over the last four weeks. He has had 10-plus sacks the last two years and should be back in the lineup Nov. 23 against San Diego.

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Long (ankle) could return to practice this week, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Long has not played since the season opener, when he suffered an ankle injury that required surgery. Faced with an 8-to-10 week recovery timeline, Long appears to be right on schedule. Once he returns to practice, he'll have a three-week window to play in a game.

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Long (ankle), who is expected to undergo ankle surgery this week, has been placed on the Rams' injured reserve/designated to return list, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Long could have ankle surgery as early as Thursday and is expected to miss 8-to-10 weeks while recovering. As a team leader, the Rams will certainly miss Long's presence, but fortunately, defensive line represents one of St. Louis' deepest units. To that point, Long's replacement in the starting lineup, William Hayes, has totaled 12 sacks over the past two seasons and embodies a capable alternative opposite Robert Quinn at defensive end.

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After undergoing ankle surgery, Long is expected to miss 8-10 weeks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

With Long sidelined, look for William Hayes to step in and fill the starting void at left defensive end for the Rams in the meantime.