West Virginia sophomore linebacker David Long is expected to be sidelined for the first four games of the season with a knee injury, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.
Long sustained an injury to his meniscus during an offseason workout, according to Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated.
Long collected 65 tackles while appearing in 13 games during his freshman season in 2016. The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Long posted a career-best 11 tackles in a loss to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
West Virginia, which opens the season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 3, is hopeful that Long will return by Oct. 7 for its road clash with Texas Christian.