|Slauson played with a multitude of shoulder problems in 2011. (US Presswire)|
The other day, the Chicago Tribune revealed a report in which Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, who tore his biceps muscle in training camp but still played the entire 2011 season, was on the field for 1,134 snaps -- the most of any defensive player in the NFL.
That was pretty impressive.
Now, we bring you this Newark Star Ledger story that reports that Jets guard Matt Slauson started every game this year despite suffering a torn labrum, rotator cuff and bicep in his left shoulder.
Obviously, Slauson played the season in a cringe-worthy amount of pain after injuring his shoulder in December 2010, and after the season, he underwent surgery on his arm that will keep him out for five to six months.
“I knew something was wrong, but I was like, 'OK, I'll keep on playing as long as I can play,' and I was able to get through it all," Slauson told the paper. "I felt like I had a fairly successful year personally with it. So I'm really excited about next year without having pain."
Slauson initially thought the injury wasn’t a big deal because he could still play and lift weights. It was only until after the season that he discovered the magnitude of his shoulder problems.
Pro Football Talk makes an interesting point on the matter. Considering the Jets were fined $125,000 after not disclosing the fact that Brett Favre had a partially torn biceps in 2009, you’d figure they’d be extra vigilant about making injuries known during game week. This year, Slauson was never listed on the injury report as having any shoulder problems.
Though Slauson might not have known the extent of his injuries, it seems unlikely that he didn’t tell the team -- or receive any treatment from the team -- about his shoulder injury. And despite Slauson’s pain tolerance, you have to wonder if the league will check back in with the Jets to see what was happening in the training room.
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