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Old 07-17-2005, 01:38 AM   #1
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Default Inside Slant: Kendall Simmons

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Guard Kendall Simmons is ready for some clear skies after a relentless dark cloud pursued him the past two seasons. He can't wait for that first practice of training camp.

"I'm excited right now," said Simmons, the team's first-round draft choice in 2002. "You'll never hear me complain about practice, because I've been out for a year and I see what I missed."

He missed last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, and even though he started all 16 games at right guard in 2003 he was not himself. That summer he learned, a week before training camp opened, that he had developed diabetes. That came weeks after he had right elbow surgery, which came weeks after he had shoulder surgery, which came a year after he had surgery on his LEFT elbow. There also were the two ankle surgeries he had at Auburn, along with a torn MCL in his left knee.

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Wow this guys sure had a lot of surgeries. Hopefully injuries will stay away from him for a while and let him play.
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