David Long, a heralded sophomore linebacker for West Virginia, will miss the first month of the season with a knee injury.
Sports Illustrated writer Bruce Feldman reported that Long would be out during a key period for the Mountaineers.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 12, 2017
Long notched 65 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in his freshman season. He finished fast with a career-high 11 tackles in the Mountaineers’ loss to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
If the 5-foot-11, 228-pound standout can’t play early in the season, potential replacements include Quondarius Qualls, Dylan Tonkery, Max Chefen and Jonah Campbell. The Mountaineers return only three defensive starters from last season.
The Mountaineers open the 2017 season with a nationally televised game on Sunday, Sept. 3, against Virginia Tech. The game will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.