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BengalBrian
09-18-2006, 03:18 PM
Ugh.. This sucks bigtime... I had big expectations about this being his breakout year too...

:(


http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060918/SPT02/309180019/-1/CINCI

I wish him the best for his LIFE... Hopefully he will return but I dont want to worry about that primarily

83-Steelers-43
09-18-2006, 03:21 PM
Sucks for him. Hope he get's well soon and back on the field.

Livinginthe past
09-18-2006, 03:22 PM
Sorry to hear that man thats terrible news.

I guess there are varying degrees of 'neck break' - hopefully this will be a relatively minor version.

Thoughts go out to the guy and his family.

NM

floodcitygirl
09-18-2006, 03:27 PM
VERY sorry to hear about his injury. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

Marvin_for_prez
09-18-2006, 04:00 PM
The official word from bengals.com:
http://www.bengals.com/news/news.asp?story_id=5500
Good luck David. Get well soon.:thumbsup:

Ambridge
09-18-2006, 04:10 PM
Playing football pales in comparison to being able to live a normal life.......for the rest of your life.

I hope Pollack makes a full recovery.

Atlanta Dan
09-18-2006, 04:16 PM
Terrible news - Pollack had a rep of being one of the good guys when he played for Georgia.

Best wishes to Pollack and his family and (believe it or not) to Bengals fans. There is no team I would rather beat, but injuries are a nightmare I would never wish on anyone.

Prosdo
09-18-2006, 04:17 PM
Wow, that's horrible. Best wishes and a speedy recovery for Pollack.

Black@Gold Forever32
09-18-2006, 04:23 PM
I heard this on the way home from work while listening to ESPN radio. I feel so bad for Pollack and I wish him the best in his recovery.

Good luck David the hearts even in the Steelers Nation are with you.

Tankus_Maximus
09-18-2006, 04:32 PM
ouch. tough break (no pun intended).

RoethlisBURGHer
09-18-2006, 04:41 PM
OMG that sucks,my prayers are with him and his.

BengalBrian
09-18-2006, 04:42 PM
Thanks guys... Glad to hear you all wishing him the best...

Mosca
09-18-2006, 04:46 PM
If it's any consolation, Mike Wagner (from the Steel Curtain) had the same injury and came back to star again. I wish Pollack well, it sounds like he's a good guy.



Tom

tony hipchest
09-18-2006, 05:02 PM
being that a lb doesnt need all the neck movement that say a qb or wr does, he should be able to return in time. hes young and weve seen what modern sports medicine can do. unfortunately for the bengals, from the interviews i heard, he seemed one of the least likey to rape, pillage, brandish weapons, or get hooked on drugs. he actually seemed like a good light for the org, much like carson.

floodcitygirl
09-18-2006, 05:22 PM
He really does seem like one of the good guys, on and off the field.

Cape Cod Steel Head
09-18-2006, 05:56 PM
That sucks. Heres to a speedy return.

CantStop85
09-18-2006, 06:17 PM
Well, at least we won't have to cut anyone when Odell comes back from his suspension. My sleeper player (Rashad Jeanty) is now a starter.

Hines0wnz
09-18-2006, 07:15 PM
Bummer, but he'll be back. :frown:

Ohio Steeler
09-18-2006, 08:46 PM
Ugh.. This sucks bigtime... I had big expectations about this being his breakout year too...

:(


http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060918/SPT02/309180019/-1/CINCI

I wish him the best for his LIFE... Hopefully he will return but I dont want to worry about that primarily

I know he is on a team I cant stand however it is only a game and I wish him the best, my thoughts go out to him and his family and team at this time of need

God Bless All

X-Terminator
09-19-2006, 01:17 AM
Thoughts and prayers for Pollack and his family. This kind of thing is a sobering reminder that underneath the uniform and pads is a real human being, with families and friends, just like the rest of us. I never like to see anyone get hurt like this, no matter what team he plays for.

BengalBrian
09-19-2006, 01:22 AM
Thoughts and prayers for Pollack and his family. This kind of thing is a sobering reminder that underneath the uniform and pads is a real human being, with families and friends, just like the rest of us. I never like to see anyone get hurt like this, no matter what team he plays for.

Good post

:cheers:

HometownGal
09-19-2006, 02:59 PM
I share XT's sentiments on David Pollack's unfortunate injury. Deep down, professional athletes are just as human as we all are and this kind of news rips right through anyone who even has a resemblance of a heart.

Thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to David and his family. Bengals fans - as you get updates that the rest of us may not be privy to, would you please keep us updated on his progress? Thanks. :smile:

CantStop85
10-06-2006, 10:08 PM
Things not looking good for Pollack football-wise...it's a horrible thing to see...the guy's a class act.

Pollack's neck healing, future unclear
NFL.com wire reports


CINCINNATI (Oct. 5, 2006) -- Bengals linebacker David Pollack will know in a couple of months whether the cracked bone in his neck is healing properly or whether he'll need career-ending surgery to fix it.

In his first interview since the injury, Pollack said that he has to wear a halo brace for two more months. If the cracked vertebra has healed by then, he can start rehabilitation and eventually resume his career.

"If it heals by itself, then I'm fine," he told writers in a conference call from his Cincinnati-area home. "It's just a matter of how it heals. If it doesn't heal properly, then I'll have to have surgery."

Surgery would involve fusing vertebrae in the neck, a career-ending procedure.

"One doctor said it: Not very many people walk away from a broken neck twice," Pollack said. "And that's something that kind of hits home, you know.

"When you fuse two vertebrae together, the likelihood for injury is greatly increased."

The former first-round draft pick was injured while tackling Cleveland's Reuben Droughns during the Bengals' 34-17 victory on Sept. 17 at Paul Brown Stadium. At first, he thought he'd only pinched a nerve -- a so-called "stinger" -- on the tackle.

"I couldn't really feel my arms for a little while. That was scary," he said. "I knew something was wrong. I assumed it was a real bad stinger because I had tingling from my neck to my fingertips."

Pollack could move his arms and legs when he was taken off the field on a protective back board. X-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging test detected the cracked bone.

"When you hear you broke your neck, it sounds kind of bad," Pollack said. When they told me I fractured my C-6 (vertebra), it was kind of -- I don't know. I had a lot of peace. I never cried once."

Recent X-rays indicated that the bone is healing. He is still feeling effects from the injury.

"My first two fingers on my left hand are still kind of numb on the fingertips, and I can't feel things a lot of times," he said. "But that's starting to come back. I'm starting to feel more and more stuff."

Even if the bone heals without surgery, Pollack faces a long rehabilitation.

"It definitely wouldn't be lengthy enough to miss the whole of next season," he said. "But like I said, let's worry about that when I get to it. I've got more important things to be worried about."

The halo brace is screwed into Pollack's skull, immobilizing his neck. While he wears the brace, he's essentially housebound.

"I wake up, play video games, basically sit around the house all day," he said. "There's not much I can do. I really can't go out. I go to the doctor's office once a week and get X-rays, get my halo tightened and my screws tightened and everything."

The brace prevents him from putting his head on a pillow at night.

"That's one of the roughest parts, the part I probably struggle with the most," he said. "I probably don't sleep about four hours a night."

Pollack got choked up when he talked about how his wife, Lindsey, cleans his head every day and does all of the chores he can no longer accomplish because of the brace.

"I can't deal without crying right now," he said in mid-sentence.

Pollack, the 17th overall pick out of Georgia last year, got a late start on his rookie season because of a contract dispute. A sprained knee also slowed his transition from defensive end to linebacker. This year, a pulled hamstring during training camp set him back.

There was no self-pity when he talked about his latest setback.

"Coming into this year, I wanted to be a Pro Bowler," he said. "I had a bunch of goals I wanted to reach. But that's not something I look at and go, 'Dang, why me?' I could be homeless on the street looking for a way to feed myself and looking for a way to pay the rent. I'm just so blessed and fortunate."

http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/CIN/9707629

CantStop85
10-06-2006, 10:10 PM
Things not looking good for Pollack football-wise...it's a horrible thing to see...the guy's a class act.

Pollack's neck healing, future unclear
NFL.com wire reports


CINCINNATI (Oct. 5, 2006) -- Bengals linebacker David Pollack will know in a couple of months whether the cracked bone in his neck is healing properly or whether he'll need career-ending surgery to fix it.

In his first interview since the injury, Pollack said that he has to wear a halo brace for two more months. If the cracked vertebra has healed by then, he can start rehabilitation and eventually resume his career.

"If it heals by itself, then I'm fine," he told writers in a conference call from his Cincinnati-area home. "It's just a matter of how it heals. If it doesn't heal properly, then I'll have to have surgery."

Surgery would involve fusing vertebrae in the neck, a career-ending procedure.

"One doctor said it: Not very many people walk away from a broken neck twice," Pollack said. "And that's something that kind of hits home, you know.

"When you fuse two vertebrae together, the likelihood for injury is greatly increased."

The former first-round draft pick was injured while tackling Cleveland's Reuben Droughns during the Bengals' 34-17 victory on Sept. 17 at Paul Brown Stadium. At first, he thought he'd only pinched a nerve -- a so-called "stinger" -- on the tackle.

"I couldn't really feel my arms for a little while. That was scary," he said. "I knew something was wrong. I assumed it was a real bad stinger because I had tingling from my neck to my fingertips."

Pollack could move his arms and legs when he was taken off the field on a protective back board. X-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging test detected the cracked bone.

"When you hear you broke your neck, it sounds kind of bad," Pollack said. When they told me I fractured my C-6 (vertebra), it was kind of -- I don't know. I had a lot of peace. I never cried once."

Recent X-rays indicated that the bone is healing. He is still feeling effects from the injury.

"My first two fingers on my left hand are still kind of numb on the fingertips, and I can't feel things a lot of times," he said. "But that's starting to come back. I'm starting to feel more and more stuff."

Even if the bone heals without surgery, Pollack faces a long rehabilitation.

"It definitely wouldn't be lengthy enough to miss the whole of next season," he said. "But like I said, let's worry about that when I get to it. I've got more important things to be worried about."

The halo brace is screwed into Pollack's skull, immobilizing his neck. While he wears the brace, he's essentially housebound.

"I wake up, play video games, basically sit around the house all day," he said. "There's not much I can do. I really can't go out. I go to the doctor's office once a week and get X-rays, get my halo tightened and my screws tightened and everything."

The brace prevents him from putting his head on a pillow at night.

"That's one of the roughest parts, the part I probably struggle with the most," he said. "I probably don't sleep about four hours a night."

Pollack got choked up when he talked about how his wife, Lindsey, cleans his head every day and does all of the chores he can no longer accomplish because of the brace.

"I can't deal without crying right now," he said in mid-sentence.

Pollack, the 17th overall pick out of Georgia last year, got a late start on his rookie season because of a contract dispute. A sprained knee also slowed his transition from defensive end to linebacker. This year, a pulled hamstring during training camp set him back.

There was no self-pity when he talked about his latest setback.

"Coming into this year, I wanted to be a Pro Bowler," he said. "I had a bunch of goals I wanted to reach. But that's not something I look at and go, 'Dang, why me?' I could be homeless on the street looking for a way to feed myself and looking for a way to pay the rent. I'm just so blessed and fortunate."

http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/CIN/9707629

CantStop85
10-06-2006, 10:11 PM
Things not looking good for Pollack football-wise...it's a horrible thing to see...the guy's a class act.

Pollack's neck healing, future unclear
NFL.com wire reports


CINCINNATI (Oct. 5, 2006) -- Bengals linebacker David Pollack will know in a couple of months whether the cracked bone in his neck is healing properly or whether he'll need career-ending surgery to fix it.

In his first interview since the injury, Pollack said that he has to wear a halo brace for two more months. If the cracked vertebra has healed by then, he can start rehabilitation and eventually resume his career.

"If it heals by itself, then I'm fine," he told writers in a conference call from his Cincinnati-area home. "It's just a matter of how it heals. If it doesn't heal properly, then I'll have to have surgery."

Surgery would involve fusing vertebrae in the neck, a career-ending procedure.

"One doctor said it: Not very many people walk away from a broken neck twice," Pollack said. "And that's something that kind of hits home, you know.

"When you fuse two vertebrae together, the likelihood for injury is greatly increased."

The former first-round draft pick was injured while tackling Cleveland's Reuben Droughns during the Bengals' 34-17 victory on Sept. 17 at Paul Brown Stadium. At first, he thought he'd only pinched a nerve -- a so-called "stinger" -- on the tackle.

"I couldn't really feel my arms for a little while. That was scary," he said. "I knew something was wrong. I assumed it was a real bad stinger because I had tingling from my neck to my fingertips."

Pollack could move his arms and legs when he was taken off the field on a protective back board. X-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging test detected the cracked bone.

"When you hear you broke your neck, it sounds kind of bad," Pollack said. When they told me I fractured my C-6 (vertebra), it was kind of -- I don't know. I had a lot of peace. I never cried once."

Recent X-rays indicated that the bone is healing. He is still feeling effects from the injury.

"My first two fingers on my left hand are still kind of numb on the fingertips, and I can't feel things a lot of times," he said. "But that's starting to come back. I'm starting to feel more and more stuff."

Even if the bone heals without surgery, Pollack faces a long rehabilitation.

"It definitely wouldn't be lengthy enough to miss the whole of next season," he said. "But like I said, let's worry about that when I get to it. I've got more important things to be worried about."

The halo brace is screwed into Pollack's skull, immobilizing his neck. While he wears the brace, he's essentially housebound.

"I wake up, play video games, basically sit around the house all day," he said. "There's not much I can do. I really can't go out. I go to the doctor's office once a week and get X-rays, get my halo tightened and my screws tightened and everything."

The brace prevents him from putting his head on a pillow at night.

"That's one of the roughest parts, the part I probably struggle with the most," he said. "I probably don't sleep about four hours a night."

Pollack got choked up when he talked about how his wife, Lindsey, cleans his head every day and does all of the chores he can no longer accomplish because of the brace.

"I can't deal without crying right now," he said in mid-sentence.

Pollack, the 17th overall pick out of Georgia last year, got a late start on his rookie season because of a contract dispute. A sprained knee also slowed his transition from defensive end to linebacker. This year, a pulled hamstring during training camp set him back.

There was no self-pity when he talked about his latest setback.

"Coming into this year, I wanted to be a Pro Bowler," he said. "I had a bunch of goals I wanted to reach. But that's not something I look at and go, 'Dang, why me?' I could be homeless on the street looking for a way to feed myself and looking for a way to pay the rent. I'm just so blessed and fortunate."

http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/CIN/9707629