May 26, 2021; Davie, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Hunter Long (84) participates in OTA workouts at Baptist Health Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins TE Hunter Long carted off with leg injury

Miami Dolphins rookie tight end Hunter Long was carted off the practice field with an apparent leg injury Sunday.

Long, who turns 23 later this month, reportedly got shoved out of bounds after a sideline catch during 11-on-11 drills. Trainers inspected his left knee and he looked unable to put any weight on the leg while they helped him to the cart.

Miami selected Long in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Boston College, where he caught 57 passes for 685 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games in 2020.

The Dolphins were already thin at the position with returning starter Mike Gesicki landing on the COVID-19 reserve list earlier this month.

Long caught 89 passes for 1,297 yards and nine TDs in three seasons at Boston College. He ranked fifth in the ACC with an average of 18.2 yards per catch in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2020; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles tight end Hunter Long (80) is tacked by Pittsburgh Panthers cornerback Paris Ford (12) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College TE Long to enter 2021 NFL Draft

Boston College tight end Hunter Long declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday.

Long announced his decision via social media with a thank you to coaches and family. The move comes as the Eagles (6-5, 5-5 ACC) voted to skip any potential bowl games after a trying season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To my brothers at BC, I would not have wanted to play next to anyone else,” Long’s statement read in part. “The brotherhood we formed will last forever and I can’t wait to watch you all achieve greatness. With that being said, I am officially entering my name for the 2021 NFL Draft. The journey is just beginning.”

Long caught 57 passes for 685 yards with five touchdowns in 11 games as a junior in 2020. In three seasons, he posted 89 receptions for 1,297 yards and nine scores.

–Field Level Media