Carroll: Simms, Smith and Stallworth updates
There are a bunch of injuries this week, so let's get to it:
Chris Simms is alive. That's the good news. The amazing part is that we're not talking about the internal bleeding, the emergency surgery, or what he'll do with the rest of his life. No, we're talking about the chance that he'll come back in 2006. It's possible, though unlikely, that he could return. The recovery period is between two and three months for this procedure, which was done "open" -- with a scalpel, not scopes. Add in any setback and Simms would be done for the season, though it is notable that the Bucs have not yet mentioned IR for their QB. While Simms wasn't an elite fantasy QB and the Bucs are playing more like the old orange-clad Bucs these days, the injury does hurt many who took Simms as a backup, thinking this was his year. We should also note that ruptured spleens don't show symptoms. I know one hockey trainer who had a player rupture his spleen during a game. While he was sore, the player never gave any indication that he was any worse than normal. He left the game, went home and passed out. If the player's roommate hadn't seen him on the floor, he would have bled to death. Trying to place any blame on the Bucs' trainers is as wrong as trying to figure out which hit led to the injury.
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