The WVU football team will be short-handed on defense out of the gates in the 2017 season.
On Wednesday, the team received word that star linebacker David Long will miss the first month of the season with a meniscus injury.
Long will be missed on the defensive side of the ball for the Mountaineers. He was a strong presence for them defensively last season, registering 65 tackles, 4.5 of them for a loss and two sacks.
With an opening day game against Virginia Tech, his absence will be felt immediately.
After that, their schedule lightens up some before a matchup with TCU. If all goes according to plan, Long would miss games against East Carolina and Delaware State. The team then has a bye week before taking on the Horned Frogs on October 7.
The team will be careful not to rush him back, though. Given the recovery time, you have to figure that the injury isn’t a complete tear of one of the ligaments in the knee.
If the ligament is slow to heal, and opt to stay on the safer side of the street rather than risk a complete tear.
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