“Our research in terms of dealing with guys with two ACLs, there’s a 10-to-12 percent chance of re-injury,” Kelly said to reporters earlier this summer. “So that’s an 88-to-90 percent chance that they’re going to be successful.”
Those odds didn't work out for emerging outside linebacker Travis Long, who has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight year.
Long was injured in practice Monday, the second day of training camp. The second-year pro out of Washington State missed last season after damaging his ACL in the final preseason game. He also tore his right ACL during his senior year in college, making this his third ACL tear overall.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Long was in the mix to be the main backup behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham. His injury gives new life to last year's disappointing first-round pick, Marcus Smith, and it's now conceivable Mychal Kendricks moves outside due to the Eagles embarrassment of riches at ILB.