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  • Steve Longa: Released by Detroit

    The Lions released Longa on Wednesday.

    Longa was promoted from the practice squad in October and appeared in 10 games last season. The 25-year-old primarily played on special teams and recorded 15 total tackles.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Rises to 53-man roster

    The Lions promoted Longa to the active roster Saturday.

    Longa will round out the Lions' linebacker corps, and he's set to play Sunday against the Giants. This will be his first NFL game since the 2017 season, when he slotted into 15 games and made 13 tackles (12 solo). Longa's expected to stick to a special-teams role.

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  • Steve Longa: Signed to Detroit's practice squad

    Longa signed a contract to join the Lions' practice squad, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

    Longa, now in his fourth professional season out of Rutgers, did not survive final roster cuts ahead of the 2019 campaign. However, he's healthy after missing the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL and could still be working his way back to full speed. In 15 games during the 2017 season, Longa tallied 13 tackles over 301 special-teams snaps.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Removed from PUP list

    Longa (knee) was activated off the PUP list Monday.

    Longa started camp on the PUP list, as he continued his recovery from the torn ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season. However, he's now ready to retake the field. The 24-year-old will only have a couple days at practice to demonstrate he's ready for game action if he is going to play in Thursday's preseason finale.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Starting camp on PUP list

    The Lions placed Longa (knee) on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

    This news comes as no surprise, considering the torn ACL forced him to miss all of the team's offseason work to this point. July marks the 11th month of recovery from the injury for Longa, so his return should be coming in the next month or two.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Still working way back

    Longa (knee) did not participate in minicamp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    It appears Longa is still working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered last August. The standout special-teamer will be about 11 months removed from the injury by the time training camp opens in late July.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Sticking with Lions

    Longa (knee) re-signed with the Lions on Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Longa missed all of 2018 due to a torn ACL sustained during the preseason. When healthy, the 24-year-old will serve his usual role as a special teams asset and depth linebacker.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Predictably drops to IR

    The Lions placed Longa (knee) on injured reserve Monday.

    After tearing his ACL during Friday's preseason loss to the Giants, Longa was deemed out for the season. The third-year pro was a special teams asset, so his absence won't affect the Lions' defensive dynamic. Expect Detroit to bring in an outside linebacker in free agency.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: MRI confirms ACL tear

    Longa suffered a torn ACL and is expected to be placed on injured reserve Monday, Kyle Meinke of reports.

    As expected, Longa suffered the season-ending knee injury during Friday's preseason game against the Giants. Longa will be placed on injured reserve Monday, and the Lions may have to sign another outside linebacker to add depth to the unit.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Suffers potential knee injury

    Longa exited Friday's preseason tilt against the Giants after suffering an apparent knee injury, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

    Longa's knee appeared to have buckled after being juked by Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta, as the former headed straight to the locker room for medical attention. The severity of the injury is unclear at this point, but the fact it occurred in a non-contact scenario isn't a great sign.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Torn ACL feared

    Longa (knee) is believed to have suffered a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He will undergo an MRI to confirm the results of the initial tests.

    Longa didn't see a ton of time on defense last season for the Lions, but he was a decent depth piece and a special teams contributor. Should the MRI confirm the torn ACL, the Lions could look to add to the position from the free-agent pool.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Spotted on crutches

    Longa (knee) was spotted on crutches following Friday's preseason loss to the Giants, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

    Longa, who left Friday's contest during the third quarter, could be dealing with a potentially serious knee injury after all. If he's he forced to miss a significant amount of time, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Darnell Sankey could see additional reps at outside linebacker behind Devon Kennard and Christian Jones.

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  • Lions' Steve Longa: Signed by Lions

    Longa was signed by the Lions on Saturday, Tim Twentyman of of the team's official site reports.

    The Rutgers product will likely serve as a special teams asset as he takes time to learn the playbook before additional responsibilities.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Yaounde, Cameroon
Age: 29
School: Rutgers
Experience: 4