Tuesday’s roundup: Falcons get UM's Long on 1-year deal

Associated Press

Flowery Branch, Ga. — The Falcons signed offensive tackle Jake Long to a one-year deal but won’t expect him to play this week against the Giants.

Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday the signing of Long, like other recent moves on the line, was made “for us to continue to compete.”

Long, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Dolphins, was cut by the Rams in a salary cap move in March. He had a workout for the Falcons during training camp.

Long, 30, had two surgeries to repair torn ligaments in his right knee the last two years while with St. Louis. Quinn said Atlanta wanted to give Long time to recover before he was signed.

“That was part of the process for him to have as much time as he needed to get healthy and get ready,” Quinn said.

Long (6-foot-7, 322) is expected to practice today. He will begin working at left tackle, where Jake Matthews is the starter. He eventually will train at right tackle, where Ryan Schraeder is the starter.

“We’re excited to have him here and we’ll get him up to speed as fast as we can and then cross that bridge in terms of (positions),” Quinn said of Long, the former Michigan star.

That doesn’t mean Long can be expected to contribute right away.

“For him not being here in training camp and going through the process, I’m not expecting that,” Quinn said.

Auspicious debut

Jarryd Hayne recalls his forgettable debut in what is often considered the pinnacle of rugby league and a premier sporting event back home in Australia, the State of Origin series.

With the world watching him under the lights Monday night, Hayne fumbled away his very first NFL touch — and there was an eerie similarity to that moment in 2007 with New South Wales.

“I did a similar thing in Origin in my debut game. I gave away a try and I threw the ball when I shouldn’t have thrown the ball,” Hayne recalled. “It was kind of similar, like, ‘(Shoot), I didn’t want that to happen.’”

Haynie visited the Lions before signing with the 49ers.

Personnel dept

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost the tip of his right thumb in additioin to his right index finger in a fireworks accident in July, ESPN.com reported.

The Raiders brought back safety Taylor Mays and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson less than two weeks after they were cut. Mays was cut by the Lions last month.

Safety Nate Allen (knee) was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Safety Charles Woodson (Michigan) suffered a dislocated shoulder.

... The Packers placed linebacker Sam Barrington (right foot) on season-ending injured reserve.

... With starter Josh McCown recovering from a concussion, the Browns signed quarterback Matt Blanchard to their practice squad.

... Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was found not guilty of assault and battery by a judge in Virginia Beach, Va..

... Washington placed Duke Ihenacho (dislocated left wrist) on season-ending injured reserve list and signed cornerback Will Blackmon.