Strange Goings-on With Injuries

December 24th, 2015

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Just odd things about the Bucs and injuries. Joe’s not trying to out anyone here, but it bears mentioning. Just odd.

Tuesday, Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy confessed he has been playing with a torn rotator cuff. We all knew GMC had a shoulder injury, suffered in the win over New Orleans in Week Two, but no one was advised of the severity. The only game GMC missed was against the Dixie Chicks at home, as GMC had hand surgery the previous week.

Joe brings this up because fiery Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins missed nine games due to a shoulder injury (also suffered against the Saints in Week Two) and couldn’t get clearance from the team medical staff for full contact.

Yet GMC could get clearance with a torn rotator cuff?

What Joe found even more interesting was GMC being adamant yesterday that he would play in next month’s Pro Bowl, despite the injury. As of yesterday he had no plans to repair the rotator cuff surgically.

When Joe asked Bucs coach Lovie Smith to confirm if GMC really did have a torn rotator cuff, Lovie went on the offensive and, without anyone asking, implied there is no monkey business being played with the team’s injury reports.

“Do I confirm a torn rotator cuff? This is what I’ll confirm: I don’t let anybody go on the field with an injury,” Lovie said yesterday. “Guys, throughout the season, play with pain. Again, everybody that is on the football field, on our team, has been cleared by the medical staff to play.

“I don’t know exactly what you are talking about by that, but if you see one of our players on the football field, he has been cleared medically to play. Whether he is playing with some pain, I assume every player in the league right now is playing with pain.”

One reason Joe asked this question was because Joe was asked via Twitter and text how ASJ could not be cleared for over two months but GMC only missed one game. Clearly, two different injuries.

Joe’s unsure what all of this means. Maybe GMC has an insane pain threshold, and ASJ’s shoulder must have been absolutely wrecked and, indirectly, his status was left to twist in the wind of public opinion.

12 Responses to “Strange Goings-on With Injuries”

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Bet there is more “strange” on tap for 2016…….

    Lovie gives weird answers to just about everything

    Simple as that

  2. DooshLaRue Says:

    Maybe ASJ is a pansy primadona and GMC uses the injury card to conveniently cover his lack of meaningful production?

  3. JAB83 Says:

    Two different positions. A D-Lineman vs a TE/Receiver. Its as simple as that.

    Or we can stir up controversy and act like little school girls.

    Bottom Line. Who cares why a guy is or isnt on the field. Its the team I support. Right, wrong or indifferent, this team is in MUCH better shape than it has been in YEARS

  4. Danr Says:

    You can have a tear in the muscle of the rotator cuff… which will be fine on its own after a few montha of rest. ( no rest like gmc is doing and you get swelling in the joint after very little exertion) but if you had a surgery, docs wont let you strain that joint. Because a significant tear surgically repaired has a small window to be allowed to heal. Jack it up while recovering and you will be like i described above for undefinite time.

  5. JAB83 Says:

    Hear is a real story. JAB83 stops posting positive, uplifting and thought provoking material for two weeks. Lets the Fans of Depression & TROLLS go unchecked. The TEAM goes right back to where it was before JAB83 started posting.

    Talk about strange. Thats Strange INDEED!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Without having the specific information on the difference between the two shoulder injuries posters are purely ignorant to make comments about how each player is dealing with it or how the medical staff deals with it.
    There are tests that the players are asked to perform to determine the extent of the injury. (Remember Jameis at the combine with his shoulder….there was concern that was quickly put to rest because he tested well…

    I don’t know about you….but I trust the medical staff to make those determinations…..

  7. LargoBuc Says:

    Tbbf, you know everyone these days feels more than entitled to asdume the role of judge, jury and executioner. Its ok for certain people to stick their nose where it dosent belong but get all bunched up when at the slightest criticism. Thats just kinda society in general right now.

  8. ndog Says:

    For me if McCoy plays in the Probowl the injury excuse for his performance goes bye bye.

  9. Hodad Says:

    Joe, I had a full tear off the bone of my rotator. Pain isn’t the issue, mobility, and lack of power is. Any tear won’t heal itself without surgery, so I’m not sure I’m believing what I’m hearing.

  10. Couch Fan Says:

    Isnt it just slightly odd that now after the fact GMC comes out with his injury statis?… If you play for as long as he did without saying anything, why not just stay quiet about it and finish the season?… Telling people now after the fact when he has so much heat on him now, seems more like him just offering excuses.

  11. Solinor Says:

    That’s because ASJ admitted he ain’t going on that field until he’s 100%. The bucs then covered for him by saying he hasn’t been cleared medically. Difference, GMC understands his team needs him, even if he’s not 100%. ASJ would rather not work and get paid.

  12. grafikdetail Says:

    two different types of injuries… rotator cuff has pain but more so with motion like it probably was pretty hard for GMC to raise his arms… AC Joints & Labrums has pain from motion AND from contact