ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams released starting offensive linemen Jake Long and Scott Wells on the eve of free agency, freeing $12.5 million in salary cap space.

Both players have been injury-prone.

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Offensive line was a target in free agency for St. Louis before making the moves Monday. A third lineman, tackle Joe Barksdale, is an unrestricted free agent.

Long, the first overall pick in 2008 and a four-time Pro Bowler, missed nine games last season with a second torn ACL in two years. Wells started every game but was hampered throughout by a right arm injury that had him wearing a brace much of the year.

Wells started 35 games in three seasons, missing 12 games in 2012 and 2013, and Long made 22 starts in two seasons.

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The Rams will rebuild the line around tackle Greg Robinson, the second overall pick last year who’ll start at left tackle — Long’s spot.

“Jake and Scott brought experience and professionalism to our program and we appreciate that commitment and hard work,” coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “Both of them overcame injury difficulties and provided leadership for our younger players. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for both of them.”


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