There's back pain, and then there's back surgery, and then there's the ordeal Linden Gaydosh endured.
Last August, the Carolina Panthers' defensive tackle underwent surgery for a herniated disc before he had a chance to make the team as a rookie. Doctors ordered him not to sit down after the operation.
For a month.
That meant no driving, no lounging on the couch, no chairs for eating meals. Gaydosh, who is 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, could only sit down in the bathroom.
"I limited those trips as much as I could," Gaydosh said Tuesday by phone. "Until I was pretty much bursting."
He had his meals standing up, and spent his training camp bus rides lying down in the aisle.
"Watching TV was kind of an issue," he says.
But physical discomfort isn't an insurmountable burden when you're from Peace River, Alberta, and one of the few people from your town ever to play football at the college level, let alone beyond that. The trial for Gaydosh wasn't when he got to a new country and a new s...