Injuries are about the only thing that can stop this team.
Losing Jackson hurts big time.....KK is at best.....a good SP player.
He is not a good tackler.....not as bad as Ohalati...but not exactly that much better either.
What amazes me is that BR has been at the wrong end of a motorcycle accident and has had hernia surgery.....yet he misses 1 game?
That happens to a Bengal and he is done for the year or his career.
BTW, the type/seriousness of injury influences how long a guy is out. BR was very very lucky that he was not injured as seriously as he could have been by such a horrible accident. It also happened during the offseason; makes a big difference.
We will be "ok". This team has the most depth in the NFL. Remember we have also been without Chatman, Chris Perry and Odell Thurman in addition to TJ for the first two games, yet still dominated. This team needs Odell back in his rookie form, if that happens then this defense will be scary. I also think that after the bye week we will see the real Ahmad Brooks. He just needs time to soak up the system.
Guiceic did pretty good last year against Stroud and Henderson of Jacksonville, both of whom are better than Casey Hampton. The biggest loss IMO is Jackson. Like some have already mentioned, Kaesviharn is not starter material. Hopefully they can trade a 6th rounder for a passable safety. This team will prevail, they are that good.
Could anyone w/ medical knowledge answer whether or not such injuries usually make one susceptible to breaking the same vertebrae again? I know certain breaks can end up making the body part even stronger after rehab...
That'd be my biggest question if I was David.
It was BR's appendix.......either way....he is back like it's no big deal.
I have no problem with Guchiani at C....he is younger and less beat up than Rich.....and with 1 week as the main guy on the 1st team snaps for practice, he will be fine.
I just worry about the run support with Dexter gone......yes they have played better against the run....but PITT always seems to be able to run down the Bengals throat when they need to.
He supposably "chipped" his C-6 vertebrae - and thus why Lewis is saying it's not career threatening. I guess this is why he doesn't need surgery (nothing need to be fused or repaired artificially).
It should simply just heal and was a freak occurence. Warrick, 2-carry Perry, and Pollack - the 1st round curse continues I guess. Hopefully Perry's back by game 6 again though, along with Odell, Dexter and of course Braham.
Pollack's the only long term loss on the team - should be at full strength for the most part, the 2nd half of the season, barring any catastrophes.
The Bengals definitely took a beating in that game. Wow!
Pollack and family are in my prayers. I hope he has a speedy recovery.
But one also has to consider the position that Pollack plays, and any future risk.
Last edited by GAC; 09-19-2006 at 06:35 AM.
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