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Old 04-15-2008, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default Ryan Clark upset with Steelers trainers

nothing too big.. i would be upset too.

STEELERS SAFETY TEES OFF ON TRAINERS
Posted by Mike Florio on April 15, 2008, 6:29 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark has balls. Or maybe he wants to be cut, or traded. Because Clark is sounding off regarding the manner in which the team?s training staff handled the injury that kept him sidelined for much of last season. After several weeks with an uncertain status, he was placed on injured reserve with a spleen injury. Eventually, Clark?s spleen was removed.

Though we typically frown on players taking this kind of stuff public (see Kelly, Malcolm), Clark is speaking out not because the training staff screwed up his initial diagnosis, but because they made him to feel like a malingerer when the diagnosis proved to be wrong, and when no one knew quite what was wrong with him.

Clark made his comments on 105.9 The X in Pittsburgh with Tim Benz. Here?s a portion of the transcript, as provided by the station: ?There will always be a problem with me and the trainers here. . . . I got fed up with it. . . . I feel mistreated. I don?t feel like things were handled in the way they should?ve been. . . . I was made to feel that the tests say, ?You are okay so why are you milking this?? . . . I felt like I was talked to like I was uneducated and misgiuided . . . . I felt like I was talked to like a dumb jock or a pampered football player. . . .?

The Steelers didn?t make a trainer available to respond. Benz tells us that the Steelers said that they stand by their trainers, and that the team feels that the injury was handled properly.
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Default Re: Ryan Clark upset with Steelers trainers

Sounds like he has a case.
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Default Re: Ryan Clark upset with Steelers trainers

Hmmm.

A little discontent. You know, with all the wierd injuries that happen around here... I wonder at times. Jeromes knees constantly having problems. wierd sports hernias, bad backs, other things...

I don't know, but I wonder... at least we aren't talking staph infections!
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are the trainers internists or sickle cell specialists?
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are the trainers internists or sickle cell specialists?
Given that he previously had problems after visiting high altitude Denver with the Redskins, I was waiting for this shoe to drop. If Clark does not recover his physical skills he cannot sue the Steelers for being injured on the job but he probably can sue the medical staff for malpractice (not saying he should or that he will win, but that he can sue)
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Default Re: Ryan Clark upset with Steelers trainers

This is from PFT. Wouldn't put much into that web site, copnsidering this morning they had Cleveland playing Philly on Thanksgiving.
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Given that he previously had problems after visiting high altitude Denver with the Redskins, I was waiting for this shoe to drop. If Clark does not recover he cannot sue the Steelers for being injured on the job but he probably can sue the medical staff for malpractice (not saying he should or that he will win, but that he can sue)
the impression i got from the few stories i read (from pitt media) was that the steelers medical staff was much more responsive than the redskins staff.

after all, it was a trip to high altitude that triggered this, not a year or 2 of trainer staff neglect.

from what i remember, he was fine in the weeks leading up to denver and he was diagnosed fairly quickly afterwards. this florio phrase makes it sound like he was sitting around forever-

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After several weeks with an uncertain status, he was placed on injured reserve with a spleen injury. Eventually, Clark?s spleen was removed.
am i wrong, or was he diagnosed and had his spleen removed immediately (to kinda like save his life)?

but i know youre right dan, this very well could grow short legs in a courtroom, especially if he were released. (i dont think he would win).
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the impression i got from the few stories i read (from pitt media) was that the steelers medical staff was much more responsive than the redskins staff.

after all, it was a trip to high altitude that triggered this, not a year or 2 of trainer staff neglect.

from what i remember, he was fine in the weeks leading up to denver and he was diagnosed fairly quickly afterwards. this florio phrase makes it sound like he was sitting around forever-



am i wrong, or was he diagnosed and had his spleen removed immediately (to kinda like save his life)?

but i know youre right dan, this very well could grow short legs in a courtroom, especially if he were released. (i dont think he would win).
Steelers lost to Denver October 21 - Clark was listed as "doubtful" until the Steelers announced Clark's spleen was removed November 15

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3112470
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This is from PFT. Wouldn't put much into that web site, copnsidering this morning they had Cleveland playing Philly on Thanksgiving.
it came from a radio show clark took part in. pft was the only site that reported the radio interview.
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Steelers lost to Denver October 21 - Clark was listed as "doubtful" until the Steelers announced Clark's spleen was removed November 15

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3112470
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perhaps it was the quick diagnoses rather than the actual spleen removal i was thinking of-

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07320/834402-66.stm

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Clark, 28, was admitted to a Denver hospital after the game, and doctors told him the problem with his spleen develop from complications of exerting himself in the high altitude as it related to the sickle cell trait.

"It's a blood condition I have that I have to stay on top of, as far as going to high altitude and things like that," Clark said three days after the game in Denver. "Dealing with the weather, overexertion, dehydration -- I just need to be smarter."

Clark said he had similar problems when he played for the Washington Redskins in Denver two years ago, but that it was diagnosed differently.
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