Jun 27, 2011
As we wait for more positive news on the labor front, the weekend brought injury news for a couple of big-name players, including the possible end of a career.
The end of the T.O. era? … We already knew that we probably wouldn’t be seeing Terrell Owens in a Bengal jersey again in 2011, leaving us with another offseason of uncertainty for the 37-year-old WR. Well, now we don’t know if T.O. will even play again at all. ESPN reports that Owens tore his ACL and underwent knee surgery. This follows a previously undisclosed injury and a torn meniscus that cut his 2010 season short in Week Fourteen. ESPN’s report indicates that Owens won’t be ready to play until November at the earliest, meaning a team would have to take a chance on him late down the stretch. He showed he could still play last year despite losing a step, as he had a huge stretch toward the middle of the season and finished with 72/983/9. He’s played for four teams in seven years (three teams in the last three years) after spending his first eight seasons in San Francisco, and now he’ll need a team to take a chance on him after multiple knee injuries at 37 years old.
Big Ben may need surgery … It seems as if Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger is always battling through some type of injury. He played on an injured foot during the last few games of the 2010 season, and while he’s feeling close to 100% now, he may need to undergo surgery on the foot at some point. Said Roethlisberger to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “I could have had surgery, but according to the doctors it would have been a really nasty process because of where the break was. It was better off trying not to do anything. It’s going to be something where we’re just going to have to, in essence, play it by ear. If it continues to be as painful as it was at the end of last year, then I’m going to probably have to have the surgery.” It’s always difficult to doubt Roethlisberger on the field, but this foot injury will be something to keep an eye on for the foreseeable future.
- “Madden ‘12” cover boy Peyton Hillis has been carrying a football around with him everywhere he goes in an attempt to work on his fumbling. He led all RBs with 8 fumbles last season (5 lost).
- Cowboy WR Dez Bryant said he is running routes every day after injuries cut short his rookie season.
- 49er rookie QB Colin Kaepernick will skip the NFLPA’s rookie symposium to stay with his teammates and participate in workouts.