WSU Outland winner upgraded to stable

Rien Long, who won the Outland Trophy in 2002 at Washington State following his junior season, has been upgraded to stable from critical condition on Wednesday at a Tennessee hospital after he crashed his sports car into a rock wall on Tuesday while driving onto an interstate.

Nashville police said Rien Long, the former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle who was waived in 2007 was driving too fast down an on-ramp just before midnight Monday. His 2005 Ford Mustang started sliding at the bottom of the ramp, went up the embankment and hit a rock wall on the driver's side before rolling over onto the roof.

Long was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A passenger was treated for non-critical injuries.

Several Titans officials have visited Long at the hospital.


Rien Long and Ike Brown celebrate SC win in ‘02

Long won the Outland Trophy and was an All-American as a junior at Washington State in 2002. After declaring early for the NFL Draft, the Titans drafted him in the fourth round in 2003, and he started five of 39 games through his first three seasons with 9 1/2 career sacks and 99 career tackles.

Long missed the 2006 season with a torn Achilles' tendon, then was placed on injured reserve for 2007 with a knee injury before being waived.


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