As I have maintained, NFL football players find
numerous ways to injure themselves away from the confines of practice fields
and sold out stadiums. Now we can add
New York Jets giant nose tackle, Kenrick Ellis, to that discussion.
J. Fensom of The Star-Ledger reports that the enormous NT injured his back “competing
in the weight room” with his teammates.
Ellis missed the Jets’ last preseason game against the Jacksonville
Jaguars due to back stiffness. Ellis is
out against the Giants in the important third preseason game but should be
ready come Week 1.
It begs the question.
Why is Ellis “competing” in the weight room when he just missed last
week’s preseason game due to back stiffness?
A 5th grader can ascertain that “competing” against teammates in the weight room means a
group of players trying to be bravado boys and out lift each other.
If I were head coach Rex Ryan (no relation), I would want
Ellis in controlled workouts to alleviate the back stiffness, not in gym games
with his pigskin buddies. To be consistently
successful, a head coach in the NFL needs to have all 10 fingers on a million
football issues all at once. Rex Ryan
was that person early on in his coaching career with the Gang Green. However, the years have peeled a few fingers
away and Ellis’ weight room mishap is the result.
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