(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer Minus the two-a-days, the IV drips, the soft tissue muscle pulls and the fatigue, Chris Long has actually become a fan of training camp.
The leader of the St. Louis Rams' pass rush, and their seniority leader heading into his sixth season, does not miss the summer grind that was eliminated with the new collective bargaining agreement. The defensive end relishes how fresh his body still feels and has newfound respect for those like his Hall of Fame father Howie Long, who endured long dog days throughout their careers.
''I like training camp now, I hated training camp before the new CBA,'' Long said. ''You're not constantly fighting being super-fatigued where I think it's like a point of diminishing returns. You work so much, you're actually maybe even getting worse.''
Plus, Long and other selected veterans get to sleep in their own beds instead of at the team hotel.