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Rob Long To Miss Pinstripe Bowl Due To Brain Surgery

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Senior and captain Rob Long will miss the Pinstripe Bowl after an MRI revealed the benign tumor that will require imminent surgery.

Syracuse senior punter Rob Long will not participate in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl due to surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Long notified the Syracuse University sports medicine staff that he had been experiencing headaches for the past several weeks. An MRI performed on December 2, 2010 revealed the benign tumor that will require imminent surgery. As a result of the impending surgery, Long will not participate in the rest of Syracuse’s practices or the bowl game on December 30.

Thoughts and prayers, everyone.

I had the honor of meeting Rob's parents when they came out for the Washington game. They were very cool folks who couldn't speak highly enough of their son and what he's accomplished. Sounds like things are moving on a positive path but obviously we're sending good thoughts their way right now.

It's such a shame Long won't be able to suit up for the Orange one last time but obviously he needs to take care of the issue ASAP. Syracuse fans have mockingly considered Long their MVP over the last four years. And truth be told, there's probably some truth to it. There was a stretch of time when it seemed like he was on the field more often than our offense was. That he was so consistently good over the last fours years has been quite remarkable and something most of us have taken for granted.

Long finishes his Syracuse career ranked second on the school’s career punting average record list (43.3 yards per punt).

He will be missed in the Pinstripe Bowl, though hopefully we'll have some good news by then.

In Long's absence, it's not entirely clear who will take punting duties. There is no other scholarship punter on the roster. Ross Krautman and Ryan Lichtenstein will likely split time at practice to determine who'll do it. But that's news for another time...

Update: Rob checks in via Twitter...

Thank you for all the support and prayers it is all appreciated by me and my family. We are staying strong and positive for a full recovery.

I will be in NYC on December 30 with my teammates at Yankee stadium. I refuse to let anything keep me from being there.