Tag:Adrian Wilson
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:59 pm

Jon Beason has surgery, wants to play in Week 1

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Injuries are not only jeopardizing the likelihood some players will be on the field to start the season, they're are also consecutive-game streaks that could be snapped, too.

The most obvious example: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is still recovering from offseason neck surgery, has made 227 consecutive starts. Then there's linebacker Jon Beason, less prominent, but an integral part of the Panthers defense nonetheless. He underwent surgery on his left foot Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.

Beason signed a five-year, $52 million extension the day before training camp, and has played in all 64 games since the Panthers selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft.

The hope, like Manning and the Colts, is that he'll be ready by Week 1.

"We're still hoping for the opener," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "It was to alleviate the discomfort. As he goes through the rehab portion of it these next few days, then we'll see how he is has he's running around."

The Panthers' Week 1 opponent? The Arizona Cardinals, who are hoping to have one of their best defenders back in time for the game, too.

No word on whether team owner Jerry Richardson has questioned Beason about tats, jewelry or haircuts.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 2:00 pm

Wilson returns to practice, hopes to play Week 1

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been more than two weeks since Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson suffered a torn bicep muscle. At the time, the hope was that he'd be ready for the start of regular season on September 11.

For the first time since the August 6 injury, Wilson was in shoulder pads and a helmet, taking part in non-contact drills during Tuesday's practice.

"No, it's all good," Wilson said, according to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers. "Just getting some rust off. We'll see where I'm at in September. Hopefully there are no setbacks. Everything is on the up and up."

The goal remains Week 1, now 18 days away.

"Training camp is such a grind, and whenever you have an injury, it kind of takes a toll on you," he said. "The guys are very excited, and I'm very excited as well."

And there's plenty to be excited about. Arizona appears to have found their replacement for Kurt Warner in Kevin Kolb (in related news, team released second-year quarterback Max Hall, who started three games for the Cards last season). They also locked wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald up for another eight years.

As for Wilson, he's clearly an integral part of Arizona's defense, but ESPN.com blogger Mike Sando makes a good point: assuming Wilson's back for the season opener against the Panthers, what happens the first time he tries to deflect a pass or make a tackle?

We've seen the effect injuries can have on safeties who make their living dishing out licks and disrupting the passing game. Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, two of the best safeties in NFL history, not only haven't been effective when on the field at less than full strength, they've been targeted by opposing offenses. We saw it most recently during the Steelers' 2011 postseason. The question then becomes whether the injured superstar is better than the No. 2 guy on the depth chart.

And in most cases, they are. Which is why we'll probably see Wilson to open the season.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:32 pm

Adrian Wilson has torn bicep muscle, back Week 1?

Posted by Will Brinson

Despite losing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles via the Kevin Kolb trade, the Cardinals still have a pretty stout secondary for 2011. So the report Monday that Pro Bowl safety (and High Point, North Carolina native!) Adrian Wilson has a torn muscle in his bicep is pretty disturbing.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Wilson "is determined to try and play with" the tear in the muscle and is going to get a second opinion on the injury.

Wilson also told, per Kyndra de St Aubin of 620 KTAR, Patrick Peterson that he would be back in time to play for Week 1.

Paul Calvisi of KTAR cites sources who tell him that a "non-surgical option exists" that would allow Wilson to "rehab [and] play most of the season."

Don't expect to see Wilson play in the preseason, and there's a very good reason why the Cardinals re-signed free agent safety Matt Ware, who played 14 games for Arizona last year.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:57 pm

Adrian Wilson played through serious injury

Posted by Andy Benoit
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In case you didn’t notice last season (and there’s a good chance you didn’t, considering the guy is a highly respected veteran leader and got voted to the Pro Bowl off reputation), Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson was awful in coverage. Awful. The Cardinals had to edit several of their defensive schemes to hide the glaring weakness.

Wilson has never been a great cover artist, but the 2010 issues were extreme. We’ve come to learn there might have been a reason for that. According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 radio, Wilson played the entire season with a torn abductor. The injury required offseason surgery.

A torn abductor (upper, inner leg) is said to compromise one’s lateral stability.

It’s a testament to Wilson’s toughness that the team had no idea he was hurt so severely. Wilson never missed practice and, therefore, never showed up on the team’s injury report. "We didn't know how bad it was until afterwards and that is maybe something you have to make sure as you go forward that you can't fight through everything,” Ken Whisenhunt said, according to ESPN’s Mike Sando. “But I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he did and I believe that this year we will see more of the old Adrian because he'll be healthier."

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:22 pm

Hot Routes 3.2.11: Gary Wichard got served

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • The North Carolina Secretary of State's office sent a search warrant to Bank of America demanding a pile of financial records relating to suspended NFL agent Gary Wichard's financial activity from January 2009 on. This is important to the NFL, because it could -- conceivably -- open up a can of worms with relation to other players, other coaches and pay-for-play accusations. It's way more important to the NCAA side of things, however, because Elaine Marshall's office is currently investigating the big pile of dirty things that happened on Chapel Hill's campus. Of course, Marvin Austin, the guy at the center of this warrant, is about to be an NFL'er, so there's that too.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:22 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 10:37 pm

Sports agent Paul Lawrence has died

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Contract advisor Paul Lawrence died suddenly today near his home in Everett, Wash., according to a statement released tonight by sports agency Maximum Sports Management.

From Eugene Parker, a partner at the agency:

“We are devastated by today’s news, and our hearts go out to Paul’s family. Paul was an important part of the Maximum family, and all of us will miss him dearly. His ability to work with our athletes and the relationships he built over the past decade has had a direct result in the success of our company. We will miss Paul’s vision and his daily enthusiastic approach in an industry where he has had such a positive effect.”

Some of the athletes Lawrence represented include Arizona’s Adrian Wilson and Tim Hightower, Philadelphia’s Ricky Sapp and St. Louis’ Dorrel Scott.

UPDATED (10:34 p.m.): According to the Sports Business Journal's Liz Mullen, Lawrence was playing basketball nar his home when he died suddenly.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 4:37 pm

Hot Routes 9.30.10: Falcons snub DeAngelo Hall?

Posted by Will Brinson
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  • The Falcons are rocking their throwback jerseys on Sunday as they welcome Mike Singletary and the winless San Francisco 49ers to Atlanta; personally, I think they look pretty dope. But I haven't seen them up close, so I can't be positive. Neither, according to Mike Florio , has DeAngelo Hall. You see, the Falcons are sending the jerseys to all of their former Pro Bowlers as a "thank you" and whatnot -- Florio reports that Hall is the only guy who won't get a jersey, because he had some not-so-choice comments for the organization after he left. However, Rick Maese of the Washington Post now reports that Hall will get a jersey; apparently there was a big debate as to whether or not the team should spite Hall like that
  • Dwayne Jarrett said at Panthers practice that his agent Drew Rosenhaus discussed his release and/or trade with the Panthers this offseason, but said "they don't want to let me go because they still feel like I can help out the team." That noise you hear is every single Panthers fan shaking their heads collectively.
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