The Minnesota Vikings made an emergency call to offensive tackle Jake Long last year after Matt Kalil was lost for the season in Week 2. But after Long suffered his own season-ending injury on Nov. 13, he has decided to call it a career, he announced Monday.
“As I continue with my recent rehab I realize that although my heart and mind still want to play, my body is telling me soothing completely different,” Long wrote in a post on social media. “Mentally and physically I have given this game everything I possibly could. I love playing and will definitely miss it.”
Signed by the Vikings on Oct. 11, Long played two weeks later and started his first game for the Vikings on Oct. 31, but he lasted only three games as a starter before he suffered a torn Achilles as he went into his backpedal on Nov. 13.
After Kalil suffered his hip injury in Week 2, the Vikings tried T.J. Clemmings as their starter at left tackle for four games but eventually signed Long and got him up to speed.
But Long’s torn Achilles turned out to the final injury in a career in which he suffered many. A former first overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2008, Long played in 104 games, starting 99 of them during his nine-year career.