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Six Months Not Enough for Three Pro Bowlers?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Thumper, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Thumper

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    Six Months Not Enough for Three Pro Bowlers?

    By The Sports Xchange
    Posted Mar 29, 2008

    Could the Chargers open up the season with Cory Withrow hiking to Billy Volek who then throws to tight end Scott Chandler? Maybe, and that's hardly a comforting season for Chargers fans.

    Withrow could be thrust into the starting lineup in early September as the club announced that Nick Hardwick had recently undergone foot surgery. His recovery period is anywhere from four-to-six months, which could have him sidelined for the opener.

    Withrow has been a reliable backup since the team signed him in 2006. Last year, he was able to step in for Hardwick and make four of his career 13 starts when Hardwick was originally injured.

    With Withrow taking over for Hardwick in the first quarter, LaDainian Tomlinson had four touchdowns.

    The team then went 2-2 with Withrow, an eight-year pro, as a starter.

    There are no assurances quarterback Philip Rivers, who had his torn ACL repaired in his knee, will be healed for the opener. And tight end Antonio Gates recently underwent toe surgery and it's a real possibility he might not be ready to go in September as well.

    Hardwick, who has a Pro Bowl on his resume, hoped rest during the offseason would make the pain subside. But that hasn't been the case.

    "I really thought after the season if I wasn't playing on it and I was resting, it would heal," Hardwick said. "I just knew it wasn't getting any better. When I went to see (team doctor) David Chao, he told me I needed to see a specialist."

    Which means Withrow will be seeing the field for extended periods during training camp and in the exhibition games. That stint could leak over into the regular season.

    Withrow, 32, had his own surgery recently. But it was just an arthroscopic knee surgery and he'll be fine for the offseason workouts.
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    I swear to Buddha. I beginning to think I'm reading "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
     
  3. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    that's the worst case scenario, I'd think they will all be ready for the opener, hopefully for a couple of preseason snaps
     
  4. Retired Catholic

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    None of these guys are old enough to have prolonged healing problems and they will have the best of rehab and therapy 24/7. I suspect these guys will be ready for the last two exhibish games.
     
  5. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Every single player on the team should be in the doctors office 8am the next day afdter the last game of the season for evaluations and surgeries should be done immediately thereafter.

    I hate reading about a dude getting surgery in March, 2 months after the season ends, and hearing how he may not be able to go on opening day. There's NO EXCUSE imo.
     
  6. BoltzRule

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    Actually there are reasons for why players wait or have to wait before having surgery. I'm not a surgeon or doctor but I'm pretty sure if there's swelling you have to wait until the swelling reduces.
     
  7. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    One MAJOR benefit we have is that ALL the other teams in our division suck and suck really, really bad!!!!

    No reason in Hell that we should not clinch the AFC West.
    For most part, we could finish 8-8 (maybe even 7-9) and clinch the AFC West.

    If our starters are fresh in the playoffs... we're good to go!!! :bolt:





    With that said... there is NO reason we should not finish the regular season at 11-5 or better with or without our starters!!!
     
  8. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    I agree 11-5 is a worst case scenerio for the '08 season with our easy *** schedule. We only play 4 teams with winning records. :tup:
     
  9. Buck Melanoma

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    True enough, but if the league implements their new BS seeding proposal, that could hurt some. I'm sending out all of the healing vibes that I can muster for all of the guys!! :tup:
     
  10. chargerslondon2008

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    The injury that has me concerned is Antonio Gates' toe. Injuries in the toe and foot can remain tricky for some times.
     
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    Unless there is a clear need for surgery to repair things that are torn or broken, medical protocols almost universally begin with the most conservative form of treatment deemed to be effective. Surgery is a last resort, since there is always a risk of negative outcomes any time a person goes under anesthesia, risk of infection anytime someone is cut on and risk of complications that can attend things as routine as tooth extractions. I forget the guy's name, but KC had a promising running back die some time ago when complications developed after a routine knee procedure.
     
  12. WyomingBoltFan

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    Hopefully the schedule for the first part of the season isn't as tough as it was last year.
     

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