No Tolerance for Deon Long
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles brought in wide receiver Deon Long last week as an extra body at the position after Jordan Matthews went down with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out until Week 3 of the preseason.
Long, a University of Maryland product who spent time on the practice squads of both the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams last season, was only available because the Rams released him on July 31 and now we know why.
On the season premiere of HBO's "Hard Knocks," Long and his fate in Los Angeles, was one of the main storylines as it was revealed that Rams coach Jeff Fisher cut the young receiver for violating a team rule, bringing a woman to his room at UC-Irvine, the team's training camp home.
Fisher brought Long into his office and asked him to explain his actions with Long saying it was before curfew and he wasn't going to allow the woman to stay.
“We’re going to cut you,” Fisher responded.
Earlier in the episode Fisher was shown addressing the entire team, explaining his only two rules for training camp were to always be on time and no visitors.
“What part did you not understand?” Fisher asked Long. “Sorry, but this is our world, man. We have rules and we have to abide by them. I thought I made myself really clear.”
Later on when explaining his decision the coach told his players: “I’m not (expletive) going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7 ...we have too much talent here for that. We had some 7-9 (expletive) this morning and we can’t have that. Deon is gone. That is 7-9 (expletive) and we don’t need it.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen