Derrick Ward Has A Mouth Problem

June 1st, 2010

Now for all Joe knows, Derrick Ward has some sort of horribly infected tooth and/or gums and should be commended for even having the strength and pain tolerance to call in sick for this week’s OTA practices at One Buc Palace.

And it is a dental issue keeping Ward away from practice, so reports The Mad Twitterer of the St. Pete Times from the scene of choppergate today.

Ward, 29, missed the first voluntary OTA two weeks ago. He said he was frustrated by the team’s 3-13 record and not by backing up Williams. He rushed for just 409 yards on 114 carries (3.6 average).

“With Derrick, it would be nice if he were here,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “It’s not mandatory and he’s not here right now — for legitimate reasons. He’s seeing a dentist this week and taking care of some issues there. But it’s hard and you want to reward the guys who are here. They want to be here and be part of the solution.

Joe wishes Ward a speedy recovery and hopes he doesn’t have to go under the knife.

And Joe hopes this situation this isn’t indicative of Ward’s ability to fight through pain. Perhaps Cadillac Williams could help him fight through this ordeal.

12 Responses to “Derrick Ward Has A Mouth Problem”

  1. nick Says:

    I wonder if this has anything to do with a Kardashian

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    You never know what you might catch from them Nick…

  3. Joe Says:

    I wonder if this has anything to do with a Kardashian


  4. hefferyjansen Says:

    Problem with his mouth is he talks to much bout last season he needs to worry bout this season

  5. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    It probably has nothing to do with pain…he’s probably getting a new platinum grill…

  6. The Caddy Says:


    Ward don’t know NOTHING about PAIN!!!!!!!!

    Come back from not one but TWO knee surgeries then come talk to me about PAIN!

  7. JimBuc Says:

    The entire offseason and a professional football player schedules a dental procedure during OTAs?

  8. Joe Says:


    Joe has to be fair here. We all know from time to time dental issues pop up unannounced… wisdom tooth, lost filling, et al. Joe has no idea why Ward had to see the dentist.

  9. Eric Says:

    Whatever happened to tying a string around the tooth, then slamming the door?

    Kinda hard to picture Jim Brown staying home with a dental issue………or Ray Nitschke, Unitas, etc.

  10. JimBuc Says:

    I guess you are right Joe. I certainly hope so.

  11. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Eric – I take it that you’ve never had an abscessed tooth?

    As for timing which is worse? Dental problems during OTA’s or having your knee scoped (a.k.a. Antonio Bryant?) ?

  12. safety Says:

    In my experience, dental pain = mental pain. I don’t know the answer to your question, Mr. Lucky, but I’ll wager they both suck powerfully.