Long (foot) is active for Thursday's game against the Panthers, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Long was limited in practice this week due to a foot injury but will take the field Thursday night nonetheless. The veteran defensive end has been averaging a little less than 25 defensive snaps per game but that number could shrink Thursday should the Eagles decide to play it safe with Long.
Long is nursing a foot injury and was limited during Tuesday's practice.
Long, who was also limited in the Eagles' first practice of the week Monday, likely picked up the injury in the team's victory over the Cardinals on Sunday. The veteran defensive end has accrued two sacks through the Eagles' first five games, but his standing as a rotational player limits his IDP ceiling, as his role inhibits his ability to rack up tackles.
Long is fresh off of a Super Bowl win with the Patriots and will bring a veteran presence to Philadelphia's defensive front. He recorded 35 combined tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble in 2016. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Long's deal is one year in length, so he will need to show he can still make plays at the age of 32 if he wishes to secure a future with the Eagles beyond this coming season.
Long, who turns 32 later this month, logged 35 tackles and four sacks in 16 games in his first and final season with New England. By the end of the Patriots' Super Bowl run, Long was utilized as a situational pass-rusher and the veteran defensive end will now look to catch on elsewhere this offseason in the hopes of seeing an expanded role in 2017.
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