The Miami Dolphins are set to let several key members of their team test the free agent market next week. Perhaps the biggest name available in free agency this year is Miami's left tackle, Jake Long. Long is a four time Pro Bowl selection, in just five years in the league. He has been one of the top two tackles in the league during his career. However, injuries, and a seemingly degraded playing level, have the Dolphins ready to let Long walk away in free agency. In 2012, Long missed four games after suffering a torn triceps muscle. He had to have surgery, which was performed by the renowned Dr. James Andrews. The doctor visited with Long on Wednesday, giving him a full clean bill of health. However, the triceps muscle is not the only concern with Long. The Dolphins' number one overall pick in 2008 has battled an ankle injury, back problems, knee injures (which needed surgery), and a torn biceps muscle (which ended his 2011 season early). Andrews, according to Yahoo!, asked Long about his surgically repaired knee as well. "I asked him about his knee and he said it's the best he has felt in years," Andrews said in the report. "Like I said, this is the kind of kid you want. I'm not worried about him at all." Andrew recommended Long take another month to finish healing, but said, if the NFL season started today, Long would be cleared to play.
Dr. James Andrews Says Jake Long Looks "Great," Isn't "Worried About Him At All"
The Phinsider | Mar 7