Lance Long nearly put an emphatic stamp on his bid to make the Cardinals’ roster.
On first-and-10 at the Packers’ 11-yard line with 50 seconds left Friday night, Cardinals QB Matt Leinart lofted a pass toward Long in the right corner of the end zone. Long caught the pass, but officials ruled that he only had one foot inbounds, making it incomplete. A replay review confirmed the ruling on the field, and the Cardinals still trailed by seven points.
Jason Wright scored a touchdown on the next play, taking a screen pass into the end zone, and Long was one of the first players to greet him in the ensuing celebration. However, the Cardinals missed the two-point conversion and went on to lose 44-37 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Long had seven passes thrown his way and caught one for 12 yards. On the third pass, Long was decked by two Packers defenders, one of whom was called for pass interference.
Long also returned two punts for 2 yards (he muffed one) and fielded two kickoffs for touchbacks. That special-teams versatility should help Long’s cause.