At one point in time Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was considered a lock for the top five in April’s National Football League Draft, but knee surgery derailed that.
After what is being now being reported you can forget about Bowers in the first round all together.
According to Pro Football Weekly, via Pro Football Talk, Bowers surgery back in January was microfracture knee surgery. Also, NFL.com is reporting there is some weakness in the knee and the potential for long term arthritis.
Just the mere fact that he has already had microfracture knee surgery is a huge concern as NFL players who have had to undergo that kind of treatment usually aren’t the same as it involves the regeneration of knee cartilage. One example of that is New England Patriots defensive lineman Marcus Stroud who underwent the same procedure and has not been the same since.
In the end, if the Bills do want to take a chance on Bowers make sure it is in the second or third rounds as even a low first round pick for him right now isn’t even worth it.
The National Football League Players Association has been reluctant to help retired players with problems stemming from their playing days.
Well they better wakeup, because if they don’t address it they will become part of it as well.
The latest retired player to admit to memory problems is Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
Bradshaw admits in a column he wrote on FoxSports.com, via Pro Football Talk, that he suffers from short term memory loss and hand eye coordination. He is also the second quarterback this week to admit the same problems as on Monday former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon admitted to suffering short term memory loss as well.
The thing is a brain cal rewire itself for a while after some damage has been dealt to it. However, after a while the repair breaks down as well.
That means huge medical bills as eventually they will need skill care from nurses being brought in the home or being placed in a nursing home. That costs money and with many health insurances not willing to cover problems from football careers nursing bills can start piling up.
In the end, current players better take their heads out of their asses and start fighting to solve these guys problems, because if they don’t in 20 years they will be apart of the problem as well.