Carroll Injury Report: Drew Bledsoe dinged up
The latest on the injury news:
As I watched the television coverage of the Cowboys-Vikings game, they showed a great shot of Drew Bledsoe on the sidelines with the medical staff. Bledsoe had taken a late hit -- not what you want for your starting QB in the last preseason game -- and he was being tested for concussion. It wasn't a fancy test; it was Bledsoe walking a heel-to-toe line. As I watched, I turned to my friend and said, "He's been knocked goofy" (that's not the technical term). Bledsoe had stayed in the game after the hit, making a terrible play that became much more understandable when you realized that he'd just suffered a concussion. We'll keep an eye on Bledsoe, who's already battling Tony Romo for the starting job, as we head into Week 1. It shouldn't significantly affect his draft position.
Chris Chambers is still bothered by his chronic thumb problem. Bothered might be an understatement. Chambers says that he's in "significant pain." The only upside to chronic injuries is that players often learn to deal with them. A thumb won't cause a cascade injury, and Chambers played with the same injury during the last half of 2005. Another comparable injury was that of Marvin Harrison, who put up big numbers despite wearing a soft cast. Chambers is thought by many to be an elite-level WR. This is a good bluff play at the draft table; talk up Chambers' injury, then draft him when others weren't smart enough to read this column.
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