Three Things to consider on this still-soggy sports Tuesday:
Thing 1: Jake Long’s knee injury during practice on Monday marks the third straight year the Miami Dolphins’ franchise left tackle has suffered a significant physical setback.
While ESPN was reporting this as a sprained MCL, with Long expected to return in time for the season opener on Sept. 9 in Houston, this could be the beginning of the end in Miami for the former No. 1 overall pick.
Long, of course, can test free agency at season’s end unless the Dolphins decide to sign him to an extension or slap the (very expensive) franchise tag on him.
Rookie Jonathan Martin figures to flip over from right tackle until Long returns, which will only give Martin more time to audition at his natural position as Long’s potential successor. In the meantime, that means fewer reps for Martin on the right side, where the second-rounder out of Stanford has been shaky in trying to make the transition this preseason.
Thing 2: Should be another gripping episode of Hard Knocks tonight, especially if we get another of those coach’s office meetings, this time between Joe Philbin and Vontae Davis.
Really hope we get to see Philbin bid farewell to a talented young cornerback who was still developing. And if we do, you can bet Vontae said something humorous and memorable in that exchange.
Thing 3: Stephen Strasburg takes the mound at Marlins Park tonight, where the Fighting Ozzies begin a nine-game homestand and try to do something novel for them: score on the Nationals ace.
Strasburg has put up 27 straight zeroes against the Marlins, dating to last September. He might be shut down for the year for precautionary reasons by the time the teams finish up their season series Sept. 7-9 in Washington.
Still can’t believe the first-place Nats won’t use their star pitcher in the postseason, but they seem to be sticking with that unusual plan.
Do you agree with that approach or do you think the Nats' front office is crazy?