The Rams formally announced that Chris Long will be placed on the injured reserve list with the designation to return, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com (on Twitter). No corresponding move has been announced yet by St. Louis.
The defensive end suffered a left ankle injury in the third quarter of the Rams’ 34-6 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network (on Twitter) hears that Long will have surgery at the end of the week and could be back in actions in eight weeks. The former No. 2 overall pick has recorded 33 sacks since 2011 and his presence will be sorely missed on St. Louis’ defensive line.