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CantStop85
12-09-2006, 07:39 PM
Good news as Pollack's neck has healed enough to where he will not have to undergo career-ending surgery. He should be cleared to start rehabbing sometime in the next few weeks. :thumbsup:

David Pollack's Halo Removed

LAST UPDATE: 12/7/2006 11:07:01 PM

Cincinnati Bengal linebacker David Pollack suffered a season-ending injury in the Bengals home opener against the Browns.

Pollack fractured his C-6 vertebrae, and was placed in a halo to stabilize his neck.

Local 12 Sports Director Brad Johansen has some good news on Pollack's road to recovery.

It has been almost 12 weeks since the hit that changed his life. Three months of being locked inside the halo to secure his vertebrae, and now, in a sense, David Pollack has been set free. The halo is gone, replaced by a solid neck brace, and very soon he may be starting rehab in hopes of returning to the football field.

On the first offensive play for the Browns in the second game of the season, Pollack lowered his head to tackle Rueben Droughns, and broke the C-6 vertebrae in his neck.

David was carted off the field but wasn't down for long. Last month we followed him through Children's Hospital as he visited patients with neck injuries. Pollack tells Brad the doctors love how the break has healed, indicating he won't need surgery to fuse the vertebrae together, leaving open the possibility of #99 returning to the Bengals next year to play football again.

Pollack will have another MRI next week. Then, he will likely begin a six to nine months of rehab. His progress will be monitored to determine when and if the Bengals' first-round draft pick from last year can return.

Black@Gold Forever32
12-09-2006, 07:56 PM
Well thats great news and it would very cool to David Pollack back on the football field playing again.

Livinginthe past
12-09-2006, 09:14 PM
Im sure football fans across the spectrum wish David Pollack the very best - it would be great to have him back on the field.

NM

floodcitygirl
12-09-2006, 09:19 PM
This is fantastic news that I had not heard. Thanks for sharing this. My very best wishes for the fullest of recoveries for David and his family.

83-Steelers-43
12-09-2006, 09:46 PM
One of the very few on that roster with class and maturity. I wish him the best.

stillers4me
12-10-2006, 10:52 AM
One of the very few on that roster with class and maturity. I wish him the best.

Truer words were never spoken!! Wow....what a great comeback story that will be! I wish David and his family all the best.

In Cowher We Trust
12-11-2006, 11:16 AM
One of the very few on that roster with class and maturity. I wish him the best.

Very True.Hope to see Pollack back soon.

Ambridge
12-11-2006, 01:33 PM
Pollack has a lot of courage to even want to make a comeback.

I wouldn't blame him one bit if he said he was done with football especially after that kind of injury.

Good Luck.

Atlanta Dan
12-11-2006, 07:07 PM
Pollack said the doctor was concerned about the narrowed space between the vertebrate and was awaiting further MRI results.

Say a prayer for Pollack - he seems more grounded than most pro athletes and better equipped than most to handle not being able to play again, but he still has some tough days ahead.

fansince'76
12-11-2006, 07:13 PM
I wish David Pollack nothing but luck in his attempt to return to the field.

Atlanta Dan
12-14-2006, 05:13 PM
Unfortunate news regarding David Pollack

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack's football career may be over.

The former University of Georgia star will need further surgery to repair a broken vertebra in his neck, the Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/stories/2006/12/14/1215pollack.html

Pollack suffers a career ending injury in his second year while T.O., Ray Ray, and Randy Moss have lengthy careers. I certainly am not wishing a serious injury on any of those three, but I guess the good guys don't always win.

CantStop85
12-14-2006, 05:25 PM
Pollack needs surgery as career stays in limbo
By GEOFF HOBSON
December 14, 2006

4:35 p.m.

David Pollack’s NFL career remains very much in limbo with Thursday’s announcement that he’ll need surgery to repair a broken vertebra in his neck.

The Bengals said that “no forecast of Pollack’s eventual return to football will be made at this time.” Last week Pollack expressed hope he could have a six-to-nine month rehab without surgery, but the operation most likely extends the rebab.

Pollack, a strong-side linebacker who was the club’s first-round pick in the 2005 draft, fractured the bone in his neck on Sept. 17 when he tackled Cleveland running back Reuben Droughns on the second snap of the game for the Bengals defense.

Spine specialist Dr. Anthony Guanciale examined Pollack Thursday, a week after his halo brace was taken off and replaced by a neck brace.

tony hipchest
12-14-2006, 05:35 PM
thats rough. his earlier statements seemed like he wouldnt push it after surgery. but when you look at injuries to bruschi, mcgahee, and palmer you can never count out a return

bengalfans will just have to pretend hes locked up for a while and can still return eventually

Big D
12-15-2006, 11:19 AM
Pollack needs surgery as career stays in limbo
By GEOFF HOBSON
December 14, 2006

4:35 p.m.

David Pollack?s NFL career remains very much in limbo with Thursday?s announcement that he?ll need surgery to repair a broken vertebra in his neck.

The Bengals said that ?no forecast of Pollack?s eventual return to football will be made at this time.? Last week Pollack expressed hope he could have a six-to-nine month rehab without surgery, but the operation most likely extends the rebab.

Pollack, a strong-side linebacker who was the club?s first-round pick in the 2005 draft, fractured the bone in his neck on Sept. 17 when he tackled Cleveland running back Reuben Droughns on the second snap of the game for the Bengals defense.

Spine specialist Dr. Anthony Guanciale examined Pollack Thursday, a week after his halo brace was taken off and replaced by a neck brace.

I just read this surgery will end his career. This is extreamly unfortunate and couldnt have happen to a nicer guy.

floodcitygirl
12-15-2006, 04:56 PM
This is sad news. I pray the the surgery will be successful in giving him the health and healing that he needs to be able to pursue whatever other endeavors he and his wife desire.

CantStop85
12-17-2006, 09:42 PM
Update: Saw on ESPN this morning that the surgery David's undergoing is not actually the career-ending variety that had been spoken of before. Supposedly the surgery he's undergoing will make his neck stronger than it was before the injury and although his career is still very much in question, there still remains a chance for a comeback.

stillers4me
12-17-2006, 09:51 PM
Update: Saw on ESPN this morning that the surgery David's undergoing is not actually the career-ending variety that had been spoken of before. Supposedly the surgery he's undergoing will make his neck stronger than it was before the injury and although his career is still very much in question, there still remains a chance for a comeback.

I truely hope so, if that's what he wants. Sometimes these kinds of things changes ones perspective, and you find you have a higher calling, something that may never have come to light without the setback. He seems like a fine young man, and whatever he goes on to do, I'm sure he'll be successful.