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Top Matt Longacre News

  • Matt Longacre: Let go by Cardinals

    Arizona released Longacre on Sunday.

    Longacre landed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, but now must try to find a new team. The 27-year-old can offer a new club some veteran experience and depth at the outside linebacker position. Longacre played for the Rams in the first four years of his career, including appearing in 27 games over the last two seasons and recording 40 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble in that span.

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  • Cardinals' Matt Longacre: Lands in desert

    Longacre signed a contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Longacre will provide Arizona with veteran experience and outside linebacker depth. The 27-year-old appeared in 13 games with the Rams last season, recording 17 tackles (eight solo) and one sack. He also played 97 snaps on special teams.

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  • Matt Longacre: Visits Baltimore

    Longacre visited the Ravens this week, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

    The Ravens are looking for veterans to help with their pass rush, as they also took a look at Pernell McPhee this week. Longacre spent the first four seasons of his carer with the Rams, but his last two came on one-year deals. He appeared in 13 games in 2018 but recorded just 17 total tackles and one sack.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Returns to field

    Longacre (concussion) has returned to Sunday's game against the Saints, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

    Longacre was evaluated for a concussion after exiting the Week 9 matchup due to a head injury, but appears to have passed all tests and has returned to the field. He'll return to his role as a rotational pass rusher for the remainder of Sunday's contest.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Evaluated for concussion Sunday

    Longacre is being evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    Longacre left the field during the first half of Sunday's contest after sustaining a head injury. If the rotational linebacker is unable to return Week 9, one of John Franklin-Myers, Bryce Hager or Ramik Wilson could receive increased defensive snaps.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Ready to play Sunday

    Longacre (back) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports reports.

    Longacre exited the Rams' win over the Broncos in Week 6 due to back spasms, but appears to have fully recovered from the issue. The linebacker is expected to start against the 49ers on Sunday.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Experiencing back spasms

    Head coach Sean McVay said Longacre experienced back spasms during Sunday's game against the Broncos, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN reports.

    Longacre exited the game in the first half and didn't return. This situation may very well be minor, but it's concerning nonetheless considering the linebacker underwent back surgery late last season.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Records sack in third preseason game

    Longacre (biceps) played 13 snaps and tallied one sack in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

    Longacre suffered a biceps injury early in camp after undergoing back surgery in the offseason, but his performance Saturday indicates that he is feeling healthier as the regular season approaches. Longacre is expected to start for the Rams at weakside linebacker.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Suffers biceps injury

    Longacre (back) is dealing with a biceps injury, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

    The severity of Longacre's biceps injury has yet to be determined, but given that he's also working a surgically repaired back into shape, it would not be surprising to see the Rams take it easy with their starting outside linebacker. Longacre has over a month to return to full strength before the regular season begins.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Doing full-team scrimmage work

    Longacre (back) was spotted doing full scrimmage work Sunday for the first time this year, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

    Longacre underwent back injury in December after a career-best year that saw him record 5.5 sacks in 14 games. The fourth-year edge rusher's ability to participate in the full team scrimmage is great news for his regular season outlook, though it would not be surprising to see him limited up until that point. If Longacre continues to be monitored, expect Justin Lawler and Trevon Young to mix in with the first-team defense.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Limited in offseason workouts

    Longacre (back) was a limited participant in offseason workouts, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

    Longacre was held out of team drills while he rehabs a back injury that required surgery last December. It isn't clear if the linebacker will be fully ready to go when training camp opens. If he isn't, seventh-round rookie Justin Lawler -- who received the majority of reps with the starting unit in minicamp -- will likely open training camp with the first-team defense.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Inks one-year tender

    Longacre (back) signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Rams on Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

    Longacre was limited to a specialist role in 2017, but it didn't stop him from making a major impact on the field. The 26-year-old finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks across 14 games, but he landed on IR near the end of the regular season due to a back injury and eventually underwent surgery. Longacre's recovery could impact whether or not he lands one of the starting spots at outside linebacker this coming season.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Undergoing back surgery

    Longacre (back) is scheduled to undergo surgery, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports.

    Longacre was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after suffering an unspecified back injury. The exact severity of his situation remains uncertain, so it's hard to estimate his timeline for recovery.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Going on IR

    Longacre (back) will be placed on injured reserve according to head coach Sean McVay, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

    Although he has only averaged 27 defensive snaps per game this season, Longacre has become a key rotational contributor in the Rams defense. He ends his sophomore campaign with 23 tackles (16 solo), 5.5 sacks (third most on team) and a forced fumble through 14 games. Expect Samson Ebukam and Carlos Thompson to see increased defensive reps during the Rams' playoff run.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Out versus Titans

    Longacre has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans due to a back injury, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

    The severity of Longacre's back injury is currently unclear, but it'll keep him sidelined in Week 16. Carlos Thompson is expected to step into the rotation at outside linebacker behind Connor Barwin and Robert Quinn.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Will start at LB

    Longacre will start Sunday against the Texans since Robert Quinn (illness) is inactive, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

    Longacre has four sacks this season, even though this will be his first game as a starter. The third-year pro will have a good opportunity to pressure Houston QB Tom Savage, who struggled against the pass rush in Week 10's matchup with the Colts.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Signs ERFA tender

    Longacre signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Rams on Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

    Longacre was limited to six games in 2016 due to an injured heel and tallied just six tackles on the year. He'll compete for a depth role along the defensive line this summer.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Absent from injury report

    Longacre (heel) was removed from Los Angeles' injury report.

    Longacre missed the Rams' loss to Seattle last week due to his heel issue but he appears to have recovered. Expect him to play in Saturday's matchup with the 49ers.

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  • Rams' Matt Longacre: Inactive Thursday

    Longacre (heel) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Seahawks, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

    Longacre's inactive status is mildly surprising after he was a full participant in practice Wednesday. Ethan Westbrooks may see a few extra snaps with Longacre sidelined.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 265 lbs
Birthplace: Rochester, MN, USA
Age: 30
School: Northwest Missouri State
Experience: 5