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Rams Defensive End Chris Long Out 8-10 Weeks 

NFL via Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- The injuries continue to pile up for the St. Louis Rams as defensive end Chris Long will miss the next 8-10 weeks to undergo ankle surgery.

"He will be back," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "When, I can't predict at this point. We have a good feeling that he will be back at some point late this season."

Long suffered the injury during the third quarter of the team's Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings when defensive tackle Kendall Langford was blocked into him and appeared to roll up on Long's ankle.

Since his rookie year in 2008, Long has played in 97 consecutive games. That streak will be coming to an end.

Long was the second overall selection by the Rams during the 2008 draft and has turned into one of the better defensive ends in the league. He's recorded 41.5 sacks during the past four seasons while also forcing five fumbles over that span.

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Rams Clobber Texans 38-13 in Houston

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(HOUSTON) --  Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes, and the St. Louis Rams shocked the NFL by going into Reliant Stadium on Sunday and clobbering the Houston Texans 38-13.

The Rams (3-3) also added a touchdown on defense and special teams to win their second-straight game.

"I think everyone totally bought in," Bradford said.  "I think if you look at the way we've played the past two weeks; it's been a completely different mindset, a completely different attitude."

Rookie Alec Ogletree intercepted T.J. Yates and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown to make it a 38-6 game.  It was all but over at that point.

Yates came into the game after Matt Schaub sustained an apparent right ankle injury after he was sacked by defensive end Chris Long.  Some fans cheered while he was down after the injury, angering Houston's players.

"For them to cheer about something like that, it just shows they have no class," receiver Andre Johnson said.

Rams rookie Zac Stacy rushed 18 times for 79 yards.

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Rams' Chris Long Strongly Against an NFL Team in London

NFL via Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- With more and more talk about an NFL team coming to London eventually, St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long thinks it would be a terrible idea.

"I love growing our sport globally, but logistically to put a team through that would be like punishment," Long said. "They have great fans there and they were super enthusiastic and awesome to everyone when we were there but to ask people to take those road trips every time they do an away game is just ludicrous."

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will face off at Wembley Stadium in the first of two NFL games in London this season.

Last season, Long and the Rams played in London against the New England Patriots. The Rams wound up losing 45-7.

Long added that being the hosting team, it took away from their preparation for the game and were unable to focus on football.

On Oct. 27, the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers will also play in London.

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NFL Preview: Patriots At Rams in London

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The New England Patriots (4-3) will take on the St. Louis Rams (3-4) on Sunday in London at Wembley Stadium.

The Patriots are coming off a week seven 29-26 overtime victory against the Jets and sit atop the AFC East.  The Rams fell to the Packers 30-20 and sit in last in the NFC West.

"It's going to be a great experience for a lot of our young players," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "It's an opportunity for us to spread the word that the Rams are back."

The Rams have struggled to score points in 2012, ranking 26th in the NFL with 18.6 per game while averaging 315.1 yards of offense, but players are still happy to be in London as the "home" team.

"I'm really excited to be able to play the game," Rams defensive end Chris Long said.  "Everybody we meet is so nice and supportive of the NFL, it's just great."

The Patriots understand the tough task at hand, despite the Rams recent struggles.

"They're going to make us earn it," said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.  "This a good team that presents a lot of tough challenges."

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Rams Reward Defensive End Chris Long With Contract Extension

NFL via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- While the St. Louis Rams continue their rebuilding process, the team is making sure they hold onto their core players in hopes of becoming contenders again. The team announced that they have signed defensive end Chris Long to a four-year contract extension through the 2016 season.

Long initially struggled to live up to expectations after the team selected in second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, but he's gotten better and better every season he's been in the league. His sacks have increased every season since his rookie year, including 13 last year, which was his seventh in the NFL.

"It's huge for me," Long said. "You like to know where you stand, and I feel really good about obviously their commitment to me. When it turns around, I want to be part of it."

"I think he was one of the pillars of our defense last year and he's very deserving of what he just signed," running back Steven Jackson said.

The Rams hope that with players like Long under contract, they'll be able to improve their 2-14 2011 season.

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