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Old 08-09-2007, 10:57 PM   #31
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So...Timmons is fine? That's good to hear.

Give him a chance to screw up (or succeed) before you annoint him the next Zojax.
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:06 AM   #32
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Tomlin comments on Timmons....

Timmons gets injection in Philadelphia; Tomlin thinks No. 1 pick on road to return at last
Friday, August 10, 2007

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After getting a second opinion from a groin and abdominal specialist in Philadelphia, outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons received more than just confirmation his injury is not more serious than originally diagnosed.

He also received an injection to reduce the inflammation in his groin, a procedure designed to hasten his return to the practice field and end a period of inactivity at training camp that has entered its third week.

That was the first hint of good news for Timmons, the Steelers' No. 1 draft pick, since he aggravated a groin injury that caused him to miss nearly the entire offseason workout program, including minicamp.

Nonetheless, after returning from a visit to Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia, Timmons spent yesterday doing what he has done since July 26 -- standing around at practice, watching his teammates prepare for their second preseason game tomorrow night against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field.

"We feel like there's a breakthrough in this process with him, and now it's just about starting the process of crawling him back to full participation," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We're looking forward to getting that started."

But, when that will be, nobody seems to know for certain.

Tomlin said he will not know when Timmons will return to practice until the rookie has a chance to work with trainer John Norwig. Timmons, however, was told by Meyers that his injury is nothing more than an inflamed groin -- the injury diagnosed by the Steelers -- and that there is no evidence of a sports hernia or a tear of the adductor muscle, also known as a groin strain.

Two years ago, Meyers performed surgery on outside linebacker Clark Haggans for a sports hernia, an injury that was originally listed as a groin. Haggans missed three games. But Timmons does not have that type of injury; rather, he has an inflammatory condition known as osteitis pubis, which can be caused by a sports-related injury or overuse.

According to MayoClinic.com, the condition can be painful and is treated in sports-related injuries with rest or anti-inflammatory drugs. Meyers is a specialist who has treated Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, among others.

Timmons declined to be interviewed after practice.

"It's a confirmation of what we already knew," Tomlin said yesterday during a morning news conference at Saint Vincent College. "More than that, it provided certainty as to what we're dealing with. There are new and unique injuries out there, sports hernias and the like, and we had an opportunity to kind of rule those things out.

"We're comfortable with what we heard."

Now Tomlin hopes the process can begin to get Timmons back on the practice field and get him caught up with the rest of the rookies on the team, including outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, the team's No. 2 draft pick.

Tomlin said he has not decided if Woodley will start his second consecutive game at left outside linebacker against the Packers. Woodley has been manning that spot since Haggans moved to right outside linebacker to replace James Harrison, who had been out for a week with a rib injury. But Harrison has practiced the past two days -- albeit lightly -- and could play against the Packers.

"That will be dictated on how he deals with the work that's given on a day-to-day basis -- how sore he is, so forth and so on," Tomlin said of Timmons. "The speed of his recovery will dictate that. I'd be speculating if I gave you something in terms of that."

Tomlin, though, has been patient with his top draft choice. Last week, he cautioned people about giving up on Timmons, saying he had a lot of time remaining in training camp to catch up. Linebacker coach Keith Butler, however, said Timmons' injury has been "quite a setback" in his development.

"Obviously, he is behind," Tomlin said. "But he's a smart guy. He's a talented guy. He has enough time to catch up. But it goes without saying he's behind."

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The groin injury is a tough injury to heal and come back from. Hopefully what they find in this 2nd opinion will help with the healing and rehab process. I think Steeler fans are eager to see what this guy can do once he is healthy and on the field.
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You know... this is good news.

It shows us two things as well... 1. When it is healed, it will be healed. 2. It is legitimate, not a "Oh, I think my groin hurts in this hot sun" issue.

However this is the best thing I like about the article.

Timmons declined to be interviewed after practice.
Atta boy.. Just keep your mouth shut!
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From Wiki:

Osteitis pubis is a medical condition which is prevalent among footballers, runners and other athletes, particularly players of Australian rules football. In Australia the condition is increasingly being referred to as simply "OP", especially in media covering the Australian Football League.

Osteitis pubis, first described in 1924, is characterised by inflammation of the pubic symphysis, which is the joint at the front of the pelvis between the two ends of the pubic bone. This inflammation leads to sclerosis and bony changes of the pubis symphysis, causing both acute and chronic groin pain. The condition can render sufferers incapable of sustained physical activity. There is no specific treatment for the condition and it can seriously affect the careers of footballers affected by it.

The cause of osteitis pubis is excessive physical strain on the pubic bone, usually caused by the increasing rigorous demands of competitive sport, particularly football. In such sports, actions such as running, jumping, kicking and rapid changes of direction cause the abdominal and groin muscles to exercise a pulling or traction force on the pubic bone, which in some cases can result in excessive stress and inflammation. In Australian football this risk is increased by repeated jarring of the pelvis caused when players come down from the high leaps required by the game, and also by tackling from other players.

There is no specific treatment for osteitis pubis, and it frequently causes long-term problems, in some cases ending a player's career. Management strategies involve modification of activity, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and stretching and strengthening of the stabilising muscles. Surgical intervention, such as wedge resection of the pubis symphysis, is sometimes attempted in severe cases, but its success rate is not high, and surgery may lead to later pelvic problems.
Actually it sounds serious to me, in the sense of it possibly becoming a chronic, career limiting injury that keeps the guy from reaching his full potential. I hope it works out, not just for the Steelers but for this young man.

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It's the mascot's fault Timmon's hurt his groin. It's also the mascot's fault that Washington is dropping balls, Porter is no longer a Steeler and Faneca being unhappy. It's all the mascot's fault!!!

As for Timmons, while I'm not thrilled about his injury situation, comparing him to Alonzo Jackson or Kendrell Bell is a just a tad bit premature IMO. I think I might wait...oh I don't know.....until he plays a full season of pro-ball before I start making comparison's.

On that note, it's good to hear all went well with the doctor in Philly. It's better than hearing that he tore his groin and will be out for the next eight weeks.
He's not even in the same zip code as Kendrell Bell, at least Bell had a few good years before his injuries cut his career short. Right now I'd take Bells career from him. I usually have a fairly optimistic view when it comes to the Steelers, but I never liked this pick and I think he''ll end up more like Jackson.

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I just want him to be back and on the field i don't wanna waste a 1st round draft pick, but seeing with the info above he will be back and in great condition and i can't wait!:)
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