Jake Long steps away from the NFL at age 31

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 5: Offensive tackle Jake Long #77 of the St. Louis Rams blocks linebacker Trent Cole #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter on October 5, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich

Former Rams offensive tackle Jake Long has become the latest NFL player to step away from the game at an early age, with the 31-year-old veteran announced his retirement on Twitter Monday morning.

Long suffered a torn Achilles while playing for the Minnesota Vikings last fall, and although he still has a desire to play the game, he also recognizes his physical limitations.

"As I continue with my recent rehab I realize that although my heart and mind still want to play, my body is telling me something completely different," Long wrote.

Read Long's full statement below.

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