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Jake Long might have torn triceps, Miami Dolphins fear


The Miami Dolphins' uphill battle for playoff contention might have taken a major hit during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the New England Patriots.

Left tackle Jake Long exited the game with an injury and didn't return, and the Dolphins fear he suffered a torn triceps, sources close to the team and the player told's Jeff Darlington.

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If tests Monday confirm those fears, Long's season will be over. An MRI is scheduled for Monday, but one source told Darlington, "It doesn't look good."

Long is a free agent after the season, and if he can't play again this season, there's an outside chance he could have taken his last snap as a Dolphin.

Long, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, hasn't played well this season, but we'd guess the Dolphins still could use their franchise tag on him. They can take a look at how Jonathan Martin, normally Miami's right tackle, would fare on the left side in the meantime.

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