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Chris Long





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2016 Season

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Chris Long was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on March 18, 2016 ... Originally drafted by St. Louis in the first round (second overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft ... Released by St. Louis (2/19/16).

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Chris Long was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on March 18, 2016 ... Originally drafted by St. Louis in the first round (second overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft ... Released by St. Louis (2/19/16).


2016 (16/7, 3/0)

  • Started at left end in his Patriots debut and the season-opening win at Arizona (9/11). Recorded three tackles and a sack. 
  • Recovered a Ryan Tannehill fumble at the Dolphins 20 to set up a Patriots scoring drive in the second quarter of the win vs. Miami (9/18). Finished the game with two tackles after making the start at left end. 
  • Recorded two tackles and a pass defensed in the win vs. Houston (9/22). 
  • Totaled four tackles after making the start at left end vs. Buffalo (10/2). 
  • Recorded one tackle in the win at Cleveland (10/9) and was part of a defensive line that held the Browns to 27 yards rushing after they entered the game leading the league in that category. 
  • Finished the game with three tackles after making the start at left end in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/16). 
  • Totaled two tackles after starting at left end in the win at Pittsburgh (10/23). 
  • Recorded four tackles including one tackle for loss after making the start at left end in the win at Buffalo (10/30).
  • Played as a reserve defensive end vs. Seattle (11/13).
  • Totaled  three tackles including a tackle for loss in a reserve role at defensive end at San Francisco (11/20).
  • Forced a game-clinching fumble on a sack of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with under two minutes to play in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/27).
  • Sacked quarterback Jared Goff for nine yards to mark the second consecutive week he’s taken down the quarterback and added one tackle in the win vs. Los Angeles (12/4). 
  • Totaled four tackles in a reserve defensive end role in the win vs. Baltimore (12/12).
  • Recorded two tackles as part of a defense that limited  the Broncos to three points in the win at Denver (12/18).
  • Sacked QB Bryce Petty for seven yards in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) in addition to adding two tackles.
  • Totaled one tackle to go along with a pass defensed in the win at Miami (1/1).
  • Made his NFL postseason debut in the Divisional Round victory vs. Houston (1/14). 
  • Contributed one tackle in the win vs. Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship game (1/22).
  • Played in a reserve role at defensive end in Super Bowl LI vs. Atlanta (2/5). and drew a key offensive holding call on third down to take Atlanta out of field goal range late in the fourth quarter with the Patriots trailing by one possesion.

2015 (12/5 - St. Louis)

  • Played in 12 games with five starts and registered 26 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.
  • Started at defensive end the first five games of the season before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for four weeks.
  • Returned in Week 11 and played as a defensive end in a reserve role for the remaining seven games of the season.
  • Started at defensive end at Green Bay (10/11) and posted one tackle before leaving the game in the second quarter with a knee injury.
  • Returned to the playing field at Baltimore (11/22) after being inactive for four weeks with a knee injury and recorded one tackle.

2014 (6/6 - St. Louis)

  • Started six games after serving 10 weeks on injured/reserve designated for return and collected 20 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
  • Started the season opener vs. Minnesota (9/7) and recorded four assisted tackles before leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
  • Placed on IR/DFR on Sept. 11, and missed the next 10 games.
  • Activated from reserve/injured on Nov. 29, and returned to the playing field vs. Oakland (11/30). Recorded one sack and recovered a fumble. Also had six tackles.

2013 (16/16 - St. Louis)

  • Started all 16 games and notched 50 tackles, 8½ sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and scored one touchdown.
  • Recorded a season-high eight tackles at Atlanta (9/15), including two tackles for loss.
  • Notched a season-high and tied a career high with three sacks vs. Seattle (10/28), marking his third career game with three sacks. Also added two tackles.
  • Recovered a fumble for 45 yards and his first career touchdown at Indianapolis (11/10). Also tallied  four tackles and one sack.

2012 (16/16 - St. Louis)

  • Started all 16 games and led the Rams in sacks for second consecutive season with 11½. Added 44 tackles and one pass breakup.
  • Recorded his first two sacks of the season at Chicago (9/23). Added three tackles. 
  • Recorded two sacks and one tackle at N.Y. Jets (11/18).
  • Recorded the second three-sack game of his career at Seattle (12/30). Also made three tackles.

2011 (16/16 - St. Louis)

  • Started all 16 games at left defensive end and posted a career-high 13.0 sacks, seventh most in the NFL. Added 33 tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.
  • Long and his father Howie became just the second father-son combo to record a 10-sack season since the statistic became official in 1982.
  • Set a career high for consecutive games with a sack with at least one sack in six consecutive contests.
  • Notched his first career three-sack game vs. New Orleans (10/30).
  • Notched two sacks and three tackles at San Francisco (12/4).

2010 (16/16 - St. Louis)

  • Started all 16 games and posted 26 tackles and 8½ sacks, two passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
  • Sacked Chargers QB Philip Rivers twice vs. San Diego (10/17), marking the second multi-sack game of his career.
  • Posted one tackle and a sack vs. Carolina (10/31). Recovered a fumble in the third quarter that resulted in a Rams touchdown.
  • Tallied a season-high four tackles and a sack in his fourth straight game at San Francisco (11/14). Also broke up one pass.

2009 (16/4 - St. Louis)

  • Started four of 16 games played and posted 51 tackles. Also ranked second on the team with five sacks and registered one pass defensed and forced one fumble.
  • Posted a season-high seven tackles in the season-opener at Seattle (9/13).

2008 (16/16 - St. Louis)

  • Started every game in rookie campaign and registered 57 tackles and four sacks, which tied for second among NFC rookies. Also recovered one fumble.
  • Made four tackles and first career sack vs. N.Y. Giants (9/14).
  • Led defensive linemen with a season-high eight tackles at Seattle (9/21).
  • Made five tackles and registered the first multi-sack game of his career at New England (10/26).


  • Long's 22 career sacks tied for seventh on Virginia's all-time list.
  • Voted team captain as a junior and senior. As a senior, tied for third in the nation with 14 sacks. 
  • Was a unanimous All-America and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection as a senior. Also named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end. Named the Dudley Award winner as the top collegiate player in the state of Virginia and was a finalist for the Vince Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Ronnie Lott Trophy. Had jersey retired prior to final home game.
  • As a junior, received Ned McDonald Award as team's top defensive player, the Colonel F.C. McCue Award as the team's most outstanding interior lineman and the Joe Palumbo Award honoring the player for self-sacrifice, dedication and enthusiasm.


  • Chris's younger brother, Kyle, plays offensive line for the Chicago Bears. Long is one of five New England Patriots with a brother that is an active player in the NFL:
  • Martellus Bennett (Michael Bennett, SEA)
  • Rob Gronkowski (Glenn Gronkowski, BUF)
  • Devin McCourty (Jason McCourty, TEN)
  • Brock Vereen (Shane Vereen, NYG)
  • Chris's father, Howie Long, played in the NFL for 13 seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 following seven Pro Bowl appearances and two Defensive Player of the Year awards.
  • Chris's other brother, Howie Jr., serves as a player personnel assistant with the Oakland Raiders.
  • In 2015, Chris launched The Chris Long Foundation, which raises money for "Water Boys," a signature initiative dedicated to building wells for communities in East Africa.


  • Attended St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va., and was named 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia and rated as the second-best player in the state by Charlottesville Daily Progress.
  • Was a three-time first-team All-State selection on both offense and defense and selected conference Defensive Player of the Year his final two seasons as well as Student Sports Junior All-American in 2002.
  • Registered 91 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior to help his team to an undefeated season and a state championship.
  • Also played basketball, lacrosse and baseball.
  • Majored in sociology in college.
  • Chris is married with a son.


Career Stats


Recent Games

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16NYJW 41-32111-0-----0-
15@DENW 16-32200-0-----0-
14BALW 30-234220-0-----0-
13LAW 26-101101-0-----0-
12@NYJW 22-171101-0-----1-
11@SFW 30-173120-0-----0-
10SEAL 24-310------------
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1@ARIW 23-213301-0-----0-


TOTAL 1302812166558.5011000-0


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TOTAL 13000-06011000
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defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

Arizona Cardinals13301-0-----
Baltimore Ravens14220-0-----
Buffalo Bills28620-0-----
Cincinnati Bengals13120-0-----
Cleveland Browns11010-0-----
Denver Broncos12200-0-----
Houston Texans12020-1-----
Los Angeles Rams11101-0-----
Miami Dolphins23300-2-----
New York Jets23212-0-----
Pittsburgh Steelers12110-0-----
San Francisco 49ers13120-0-----
Seattle Seahawks10----------

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

Outside Own Division102111102-1-----
vs AFC Teams122817112-3-----
vs NFC Teams47522-0-----
vs Own Division6141132-2-----

defensive splits - split by MONTH


defensive splits - split by STADIUM

FirstEnergy Stadium11010-0-----
Gillette Stadium818992-2-----
Hard Rock Stadium11100-1-----
Heinz Field12110-0-----
Levi's Stadium13120-0-----
MetLife Stadium11101-0-----
New Era Field14400-0-----
Sports Authority Field at Mile High12200-0-----
University of Phoenix Stadium13301-0-----

defensive splits - split by WIN/LOSSES


defensive splits - split by WEEKDAY

Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)24131-1-----

fumbles splits - split by OPPONENT

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Arizona Cardinals1------
Baltimore Ravens1------
Buffalo Bills2------
Cincinnati Bengals1------
Cleveland Browns1------
Denver Broncos1------
Houston Texans1------
Los Angeles Rams1------
Miami Dolphins2----1-
New York Jets2------
Pittsburgh Steelers1------
San Francisco 49ers1------
Seattle Seahawks1------

fumbles splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

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Outside Own Division10------
vs AFC Teams12----1-
vs NFC Teams4------
vs Own Division6----1-

fumbles splits - split by MONTH

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fumbles splits - split by STADIUM

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FirstEnergy Stadium1------
Gillette Stadium8----1-
Hard Rock Stadium1------
Heinz Field1------
Levi's Stadium1------
MetLife Stadium1------
New Era Field1------
Sports Authority Field at Mile High1------
University of Phoenix Stadium1------

fumbles splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

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fumbles splits - split by WEEKDAY

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Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2------
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