If there are concerns about Dolphins left tackle Jake Long and his value in the free agent market, they shouldn’t be health-driven, according to his doctor.
Long got a “clean bill of health” from Dr. James Andrews this week, as the celebrity doc told Yahoo’s Jason Cole that Long should be ready to go soon after surgery to repair a torn triceps. Andrews said he’d give him another month to let the triceps heal, but if he had to play now, he could.
“I just saw him [Wednesday] and he looked great,” Andrews said. “I asked him about his knee and he said it’s the best he has felt in years. Like I said, this is the kind of kid you want. I’m not worried about him at all.”
Others have their concerns.
But the former No. 1 overall pick has proven to be a quality starter when well (which he clearly wasn’t last year), and if the Dolphins don’t make a move to retain him, they’re going to have to invest heavily in replacing him — which is as important for their young quarterback as the splashy wide receiver signing everyone assumes they’re going to make.