St. Louis Rams DE Chris Long to play

ATLANTA -- Rams defensive end Chris Long will play against Atlanta on Sunday after missing time in practice this week with a hip injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

That Long will play through whatever pain he's dealing with should come as no surprise for those who have followed his career. Since entering the league, Long has appeared in all 81 games in which it was possible for him to participate.

Long's status got a bit more tenuous as the week went on as he practiced fully on Wednesday, was limited Thursday and didn't participate on Friday. Fellow defensive end William Hayes said Long was "fine" on Friday afternoon and it appears that is the case. He was listed as questionable for the game.

Having Long against the Falcons, even if he's not at full strength, is obviously a good thing for the Rams. The defense is largely centered on creating a strong pass rush and Atlanta sprung some leaks in pass protection last week against New Orleans.