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Every doctor who has examined him has cleared him (with the exception of whoever USC consulted). Sounds to me like it was an excuse for USC to dump him.
Doesn't mean the Lions should take him (he's weak against the run, not sure he's a fit for Durant's spot), but chances are good he won't be a Jahvid pick.
Thank you, Denicos.
His reps are saying it's not that bad, and docs have given him a clean bill of heath--which makes him a middle 1st round pick. I can't see a team take a chance on a high draft pick with him. Next, Star Lotulelei was supposed to be a high draft pick (some had him #2), but then at the combine they find a heart defect--dropped like a rock.
The Lions are probably screwed for the OT, and maybe even for Milliner. I'd take the OT over Milliner right now. Highly drafted LTs are considered the least likely to bust (we know the exception), so I would NOT pass on either one if they fall. Otherwise, then Milliner (if he's there).
Maybe the Lions can sell the pick. Buffalo (#8) needs a QB as does Arizona who picks at #7. Buffalo knows they need to deal if they want a shot at Smith. I'd trade down and go for Warmack or maybe Cooper if we can't get a decent pick at #5.
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And his surgeon is PISSED!!!!!
Yes he was.
He was on the field, but I wouldn't say he was actually playing.
It could get interesting at or near the top. The Raiders are rumored to be letting go of Carson Palmer, and the Cardinals and Bills are sitting at 7-8. If one of those teams fall in love with Geno Smith, you could see some action around 4-6. If the tackles are gone, the Lions could be in position to pick up another 2nd round pick to move back a few spots and still get a player of need. I would love to see Detroit come away with Milliner or even Chance Warmack in a trade down.
Kind of ironic that Backus got a parking ticket outside Lions offices because he parked his Escalade in front of a service drive.
Bill Ford commented " Only thing that S.O.B. ever blocked in his whole career "
For less then a Million, you cannot complain about Raiola.
No, but still don't want to see him starting this year. Sure hope Jones is sitting there in the 2nd.
I actually am hoping we get Jones atop the 2nd more than Fisher or the A&M kid. I think he's going to be a stud.
Jones is still healing from a lis franc injury he's a risky pick before the 3rd round.
You're talking about the organization who loves to make risky/stupid picks. He's a lock
so do about 25 other teams.....but the Lisfranc injury to his foot is a little worrisome IMO: he hasn't ran much or worked out hard all winter....BUT he was extremely durable at Alabama. Somebody on here posted yesterday his coaches say he's the smartest football player they've ever coached at Bama...and that includes QB's....
I had that last March...and a year later I'm still recovering. My surgeon has told me I may never actually be able to run again. I have one flat foot, and one regular arch. I still have 7 screws and 3 spots fused together in my foot.
Granted I'm not a young top athlete and I don;'t know his severity, but I do know the injury and the surgery to repair it have ended some NFL careers. Kevin Jones, the old Lions RB out VaTech was never the same after he had it, out of the League within 2 years of having the surgery. You just can't cut or change directions as quickly as you want. Flat feel can also effect top end speed.
I wouldn't give Santonio Holmes or Cedric Benson much of a chance this year...both of them had the surgery last season. Derren McFadden missed all of last year due to it, I believe.
RB's and WR's I'd be weary, others have come back from it though. Matt Shaub and Dwight Freeney have come back fairly successful after lins franc injury.
Tony Ortiz this morning on 97.1 sports update: "Jeff Backus retires after solid a solid 12 year career." WHAT? Is being a revolving door at LT for 12 years SOLID?
You're a biased moron.
You win the prize for the least original post of the day.
Thanks. Not trying to be original, trying to point out how this guy was a sieve on the left side for 12 years and now in his retirement people are elevating him to SOLID status? That's why this organization is the biggest joke in all of professional sports.
Well the OL might have been the best they had for awhile, but Backus sure wasn't.
That's a pretty low bar to get over, there, Sparky.
That's a knee jerk ill informed opinion. Backus was a solid reliable player for all of those years. LT is a tough position where you go against the best DE's in the league week after week. He did fine. Not a great player but one most every team would have been happy to have.
Let's not kid ourselves too much. Backus redeemed himself the last two years with the best 2 years of play he had in his career. Was very, very solid. The ten years prior....when he had a bad game, he had a real bad game. And there were specific DEs in the division who simply dominated him for a number of years. I do not believe he had 1 all-pro year, despite that, his high point was being voted best OT in the division a year or two ago. Serviceable, dependable, tough. But not an all-pro.
Agree. What I disagree with is those who refer to him as a sieve. He did the job well for 12 years.
So, who's the bigger fool. The fool or the fool that follows [them]?
This. Backus leaving was probably one of Bush's demands...
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