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The Daily Shoutout: injuries

Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:52 am
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OPENING HIT: Since the NFL tracks everything from on-field statistics to the number of jock straps it hands out it likely has some idea what the answer is to this question: are training camp injuries higher this year because of the lockout?

No one outside of a few people within the sport know the answer for sure but anecdotally the answer seems to be yes. One team trainer told me that injuries on his team were up slightly and that they were mainly of the pulled hamstring variety. ESPN has reported that so far there've been eight Achilles tendon tears (I've heard the number is actually higher). Again, not proof, but it does seem the lockout might've had its predictable effect.

THE Patriots: What in the hell are they doing?

They're my early Super Bowl pick but I have to admit I'm now totally puzzled. I got signing Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco. But since New England has added Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter.

What always made the Patriots organization so formidable was that it built through the draft. Sure, Bill Belichick's dratf record isn't perfect (no one's is) but it's pretty damn good, and it has allowed the franchise (along with Tom Brady of course) to not only win multiple Super Bowls but stay competitive every year. It was Belichick's impressive team building that allowed New England to get 11 wins when Brady was lost for the season.

I know this likely isn't the case and it's more likely competitors stirring the pot but I continue to hear Belichick is gearing up for one last Super Bowl (or two) before leaving coaching and becoming a general manager (either with the Patriots or another team). Again, unlikely to happen, but some of these strange signings continue to make me wonder if the league gossip is true.

LAST WORD: Tiki Barber is drawing very little interest, I'm told. Most teams, it seems, aren't buying into his comeback. That could change if a bunch of teams lose running back to injuries but for now personnel men tell me there are a number of better free agent options.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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The Daily Shoutout: injuries



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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:27 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: injuries

I think Mikie get's off on making claims and pretending there are sources behind it. No trainer would refuse to allow his name to be used concerning injuries unless they were instructed to never speak to Mikie. If injuries are actually up, and comparing the last 5 seasons they aren't, the players should have accepted this same deal in March. They didn't and the rest is history, kind of like Mike Freeman's revisionist history of the Patriots building through the draft. Or does he have a source that says Rodney Harrison, Jumior Seau, Randy Moss, and Wes Welker were actually drafted by the Patriots...there are of course more...but the are just a few big name players...



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:50 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: injuries

I've heard that Bellicheat is gearing up to start a consulting business, "How to cheat in the NFL -and get away with it"Tongue out



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 10:04 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: injuries

The real weirdness would be if the Pats signed Tiki ...


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