LaDainian Tomlinson’s case of turf toe may be the most famous foot in football at the moment, but the NFL is so puzzled by a recent spate of foot and ankle injuries that they’ve formed a committee to look into the causes, à la the concussion studies. But a growing number of doctors, players and trainers are pointing the blame squarely downward: toward the shoes.
Marcia C. Smith looked into the issue in yesterday’s ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER and found that it’s becoming an issue across the board - players at all levels, wearing all brands of shoes are going down with sometimes inexplicable injuries. The Chargers have been hit especially hard, with Tomlinson and Antonio Gates missing time. In Gates’ case, Nike even admits the shoes were at fault.
Osi Umenyiora knows dirty when he sees it.
No, we’re not talking about the photo. Or his previously detailed (alleged) sexual exploits.
Umenyiora, much like Chargers center Nick Hardwick last Sunday, said the Patriots play dirty. In the case of Umenyiora, he was referring to Pats left tackle Matt Light. Read more…
After the Patriots slowly strangled the Chargers today, the BOSTON HERALD’s John Tomase had this postgame reax from San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick, on Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour: “There are 10 (bleeping) good players on that team. But Richard Seymour is a dirty, cheap, little pompous (expletive).”
“He’s cheap and dirty and the head man just let him get away with it the whole time. They’ve got 10 great players on that team and when Jarvis Green comes on the field, they’ve got 11 great players who compete how you’re supposed to play. But Richard Seymour is the biggest (expletive) I’ve ever played.”
“Head slapping, foot stomping in the pile, running by and throwing punches in your back. He’s a (expletive). … There were a lot of things he did. There’s a field goal where he was stomping feet. Who stomps feet? And the officials weren’t doing anything about it. He plays like a punk.”
We’re guessing Mr. Hardwick probably would have had a different choice of words (if any at all) if he’d had some time to cool off after the game. Or if the Bolts had won.
We also imagine CBS execs probably felt similarly about Dan Marino after his cell phone went off three times during the halftime show.