Sunday, February 24, 2013
By AJ Mass
Did he or didn't he? That's the question surrounding Gosder Cherilus, the unrestricted free agent tackle who played last season for the Detroit Lions. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Cherilus flew to Germany in order to have a controversial blood replacement therapy to help heal his ailing knee.
Cherilus told the paper that he "didn't get any treatment done, and what I do during the off-season is not (your) business." The treatment has not been approved by the FDA here in the United States, but it isn't technically illegal, and several athletes - including Brian Urlacher, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez have been linked to the procedure.
However the real issue with Cherilus having this form of therapy would be that there is still an issue with his knee, and we're now over two years removed from his microfracture surgery on that knee in December 2010. That's the takeaway from this report that may scare teams away from the free agent, and it could be a big reason for Cherilus's strong denial.