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Brandon Flowers hopes injuries are behind him

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Concudan, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Meh... Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 5, 2006
    By Eric D. Williams | ESPN.com

    SAN DIEGO -- When healthy, Brandon Flowers has been one of the best defensive players on the field for the San Diego Chargers this season.

    But staying on the field has been an issue for the 28-year-old cornerback.

    Flowers has missed two games this season -- one against the Denver Broncos due to a concussion suffered Oct. 19 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and another because of a lingering groin issue against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 14.

    leared to practice after passing the league's concussion protocol Thursday, Flowers was a full participant in practice and hopes the injury issues are behind him.

    "It feels like as soon as I get into a groove, something comes up," Flowers said. "But I usually don't miss a lot of games in a season. So hopefully I've got them all out the way now. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm trying to stay positive, and just be on the field every game from here on out for the rest of the season."

    Flowers is tops on the Chargers in interceptions (two) and passes defensed (seven). Head coachMike McCoy said his Chargers could use the veteran corner's presence on the field.

    "Any player we can get back out there that's going to help us win football games is big," McCoy said. "And with his leadership and ability to make plays, it's always great to have him back out there."

    Along with Flowers, center Rich Ohrnberger (back) and edge rushers Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Dwight Freeney (knee) returned to practice Thursday.

    Attaochu was a limited participant, while Ohrnberger and Freeney were full participants. Donald Brown (concussion), Reggie Walker (ankle) and Steve Williams (groin) also were full participants.

    Ryan Mathews (knee), Manti Te'o (foot), Jason Verrett (shoulder) and Jahleel Addae (concussion) did not practice for a second straight day.

    McCoy acknowledged that Verrett's been dealing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder since he suffered the injury Oct. 12 against the Oakland Raiders.

    "It's an injury that we've been dealing with for a couple weeks," McCoy said, when asked about Verrett's injury. "And he's had a lot of treatment on it and everything. And he gave it everything he had in the Denver game until it got to a point where he couldn't play any longer."

    Asked if Verrett made the injury worse by playing against Denver last week, McCoy had this to say:

    "We're not going to put anyone out there if we don't think they're ready to play. That's regardless of what the injury is, or what body part. They spend a lot of hours in the training room to get better and healthy. A number of players play with certain things. And with his injury, some players have played with that in the past, also. He's not the first guy to do this."

    In fact, Verrett played with a similar injury his final season at TCU. Verrett had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in March during the offseason.

    Verrett said he doesn't know for certain if he'll need surgery to repair his shoulder issue this time around.

    "I haven't got that far yet," he said. "I'm still kind of deciding."

    Verrett also said that he believes it was not a mistake to play last week against Denver.

    "No, not at all," Verrett said. "My goal is to always be ready every week. I tested it out pregame. I felt great. I just was trying to go out there because we were kind of short at corner. I just wanted to help my team."
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  2. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

    Aug 19, 2008
    So, it looks like Flowers will be suiting up on Sunday to play. His presence is needed.
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  3. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    He's playing on a one year "prove it" deal, and the only way to prove it is to be on the field.

    I will note he's been the best corner the Chargers have had since Cromartie was actually ball hawking. He's been a fantastic addition but if the Chargers are really going to sign him long term he needs to be out there consistently. His skill isn't a question but his health is.

    I will note I'm drooling about what a healthy Verrett/Flowers could do together as starting cornerbacks
  4. SuperCharger92

    SuperCharger92 Winners Win

    Sep 25, 2011
    Vital to have depth behind the both of them.. Think Telesco has learned that. So if we do sign these guys long term I have no problem with it, as long as there is depth behind them and there are no Richard Marshall's.
  5. Fossil

    Fossil BoltTalker

    Jan 6, 2008
    I wouldn't be surprised to see Verrett out on the field Sunday. IIRC he played through it nearly the whole Denver game with the same injury, and didn't tweak it further....just got yanked 'cause he couldn't continue.
    EDIT: Read in the UT this morning he's out for the Miami game. bummer
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2014

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