There are few more graphic examples of a coaching staff hindering and then helping a quarterback than the two Jared Goff has had. The Los Angeles Rams quarterback had a nightmarish rookie year under head coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Rob Boras, in an impossible situation where limited route concepts and horrible protection made Goff look like a bust.
Four days after undergoing spinal surgery, Ryan Shazier is showing “gradual improvement,” according to a report Sunday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Schefter says sources report that doctors are “controlling and limiting” Shazier’s movement as he continues his recovery.
The team announced Thursday that Shazier had undergone spinal stabilization surgery the day before in Pittsburgh.
Although the team did not provide details of the surgery, or Shazier’s prognosis, such procedures typically involve fusing vertebra together with rods and screws. Dr. David Chao, an orthopedic surgeon who writes on medical issues for the San Diego Union-Tribune, wrote Thursday that the surgery is not unexpected, but “does not rule Shazier out from football in the future.”
Roethlisberger’s attitude toward a younger player in line to take over for him isn’t necessarily unusual, it’s just not a topic many players publicly address. But while many veterans are threatened by incoming talent, that hasn’t appeared to be the case in the Detroit Lions’ running back room in recent years.
This offseason, the Lions made two significant additions at the position, signing veteran LeGarrette Blount and trading up several spots in the second round to draft Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson.
“I just couldn’t end it that way.”
Sproles, who turns 35 next month, made the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons from 2014-16. He has 3,366 rushing yards, 4,656 receiving yards and 11,142 return yards in his 13-year career.
Other teams were interested in Sproles, but he chose to spend a fifth season in Philadelphia.
“I feel great. Everything has been great,” Sproles said. “My recovery is right where I want it to be. I’m excited to be back. I had interest from other teams, but I knew that I wanted to come back to the Eagles. We have something special here.”