A Coach's Dismay Keeps the Doctor Away

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Andrew Brandt
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And now, your questions …

Dr. Andrews seems to be everywhere. What does Washington think of that?

Andrews has considerable influence. There are a few NFL team doctors who did their fellowships with him in Birmingham. He has performed surgeries on a who’s who of professional athletes, including Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson and now Griffin. He is the “go-to” doctor for second opinions and consultations, as top NFL agents want to bring their client to “the best” in the business.  And, as a final aside, Andrews is a medical consultant to both Auburn and Alabama.

Washington is obviously comfortable with his multiple duties and, like the agents, Snyder wanted the most well-known doctor in the business tending to his players.

How do teams feel about players getting second opinions?

It is the players’ collectively bargained right and most teams accept it as part of the business. The bigger issue, in my opinion, is a growing mistrust or distrust of team doctors by players, something I have noticed especially in recent years. I continue to hear of stories of players not trusting team doctors to look out for their best interests. This is something to watch.

With veteran kickers Rian Lindell and Dan Carpenter both released in the past week, are teams going with young kickers to save money?

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That is part of it. Teams are seeing equal or perhaps even better performance by the younger (and cheaper) player and thus moving on from the older, more established kicker. With the recent success of young kickers such as Justin Tucker in Baltimore, Greg Zuerlein in St. Louis and Alex Henery in Philadelphia, more teams are wading in with unproven kickers, and saving money in the process.

Why was Von Miller suspended six games and what will he lose?

The details of a potential suspension under the NFL Policy for Substance Abuse are kept highly confidential, and we may never know the full story of his transgression. His statement read in part: “Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.”

Without a positive test, I would sense—and I admit to speculating here—that there was a “diluted sample,” which would set off discussions of Miller trying to mask a positive reading of his sample, as well as testimony from the collector regarding irregularities in the collection process with Miller. Last season, D.J. Williams was suspended six games (per the Policy on Anabolics) for providing a nonhuman sample, but failed to persuade the NFL to reduce the penalty on appeal.

Miller will forfeit six games of his $2.28 million salary, or approximately $806,000. In addition, the Broncos are entitled to recover a prorated portion of 6/17th one of the four seasons of his $13.77 million signing bonus—for a forfeiture of $1.215 million—as per their right under the CBA. Thus, Miller’s transgression may cost him more than $2 million.

The Broncos are probably now wishing they had received that fax back in March confirming the renegotiated contract of Elvis Dumervil and didn’t have to release him.

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MichaelLucatra
MichaelLucatra

I hope he's in Redskins garb Sunday.  Just great to watch play.

CharlesVekert
CharlesVekert

Brandt says that Dr. Andrews was "powerless". But the doctor's testimony is: “Coach Shanahan looks at me like, ‘Is he OK?’ and I give him the ‘Hi’ sign as in, ‘He’s running around, so I guess he’s OK.’ But I didn’t get to check him out until after the game. Scared the hell out of me.”

That does not  sound like the doctor was powerless. The doctor gave the "Hi" sign when asked for his opinion. He should have said that he could not give an opinion without examining his patient.  How was Shanahan to know that the Hi sign meant "I guess so. But I don't really know. I am scared to let him play."?

It seems from the doctor's own testimony that Shanahan would have pulled RGIII if the doctor had told him to.

neumanco1
neumanco1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Kudos for not using the racial slur in the article about the Washington football team!

eddie767
eddie767 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@neumanco1 What,REDSKINS is the team name. What do call the teams in K.C(Chiefs),NBA(Warriors),and MLB(Indians)? I'm sorry,but the elders of the indian tribes had no problems with these names when asked yrs ago,so if your culture says respect your elders and their choices are you really following your culture? No!! So this the name Washington Redskins.

neumanco1
neumanco1

@eddie767 @neumanco1   I represented the White Mountain Apache Tribe (AZ) and did some work with the National Indian Gaming Associate...and belieive me, they take it be derogatory, if not insulting.  As for the other names, they are mild and somewhat positive, though the grinning big toothed Cleveland logo is horrible.


rskins09
rskins09

@neumanco1 @eddie767      I represent a bevy of Redskins fans  that don't take the teams name as being derogatory.. Had a big court case when jack Kent Cooke was owner that dragged through the courts for eight years .Redskins  WON  in court ...That should be  the end of it but too  many people never let anything die ....Will this Redskin  name  thing have to go to the   Supreme Court to be settled .....Chill out, will ya ....Cleveland Indians ? .. I was never offended by that name  either ...  

TigerFrankBurris
TigerFrankBurris

"Wheel Chair Man" (Griffin) won't be having a long career if he can't learn to protect himself.

TigerFrankBurris
TigerFrankBurris

Wheel Chair Man (Griffin) will not be having a long career if he can't learn to protect himself.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

I agree with the major premiss of the article, but I doubt that the doctors have the time and facilities in many cases to make the best decision during a game

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN like.author.displayName 1 Like

But yet he continues to throw the team under the bus for his own popularity.  Just few weeks ago he said he'd play but then says he'll follow coaches orders.  This guy is the biggest circus, the most self centered *&^%, over the Jets and Cam, in the NFL.  And we thought lebron fit that bill for most selfish, egotistical person in sports.

BallRush
BallRush

@WHO*IS*ESPNIn my latest column "Ten Things I Think" (which I can't get Peter to publish! lol) #4 says... "I think RG3 needs to study more film.  Specifically, he needs to look at how Brady and Manning handle their comments to the media". If RG3 doesn't put a stop to his free flow of thoughts to the media, and instead learn to give vanilla answers, he is not going to lead his team to greatness.  I also think that we better be prepared for more QB's like him.  The last 20 years has seen a rise in the importance of the QB relative to the rest of the team (a direct result of the rule changes that make passing the most important part of the game... anyone remember "running the ball and defense win championships"?).  That rise in importance means that a QB superstar can challenge his coach publicly and get away with it, just like in the NBA.  Yuck.

Bucs*Life
Bucs*Life like.author.displayName 1 Like

@WHO*IS*ESPN I'm curious...where exactly are you getting the character reference for RG3?  You sound like a petulant child, you're probably a Cowboy fan.  I'm not even a Redskins (anyone who continues the racial slur talk needs to pull their head out of their rear) fan.  The guy is all class, his popularity only ELEVATES the team you idiot.

ArizonaYankee
ArizonaYankee

@Bucs*Life @WHO*IS*ESPN  Here we go again, you god damn racist knuckle head. If I told you I had a coke, you would call me a racist. You socialist Obamanites are a royal pain....Zero racisism in the original opst...STFU moron......

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@Bucs*Life @WHO*IS*ESPN So WHERE is the racial slur in my comment? Another race baiter prick like you who can't understand rg3 thinks, says, and tweets it is all about HIM.  And NO, I'm not a Cowboy fan. So fk off 

Bucs*Life
Bucs*Life

@WHO*IS*ESPN @Bucs*Life Learn to read sport.  I said ANYONE not you.  It was a blanket statement since there were other comments here about not using it.  Clearly you don't understand context, it's no wonder you misread RG3's tweets and thoughts. For someone who evidently doesn't like the guy, you sure try to prove your moronic comments by only giving evidence which would suggest you follow him.  Might want to go see a shrink.  

How exactly am I a "race baiter?"  How exactly is everything RG3 does for himself? Don't make the statement if you can't back it up with specifics.  People like you give fans a bad name.

aliasforme46
aliasforme46 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

If RG3 has proven anything in his short time with the Redskins, it's that he's a terrible judge of his own fitness. The Redskins should allow their team doctor to weigh in on decisions about whether he, or any other player, is fit to be on the field. I'm not usually a fan of Shanahan, but he's the Redskins' coach, and Griffin (and the other Redskins players) should shut up about Shanahan's pre-season decisions. Also, the knee-jerk PC-ism about not saying the Redskins' name is boring.

AndrewJHamm
AndrewJHamm like.author.displayName 1 Like

Couldn't help but notice that you're following the Rick "Doc" Walker method of omitting Washington's team name. Good man.

adamnicholls183
adamnicholls183 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

@AndrewJHamm He might not say it but it is still in the tag line.

Hail to the Redskins!

Hail Victory!

Braves on the Warpath!

Fight for old D.C.!

Run or pass and score -- we want a lot more!

Beat 'em, Swamp 'em,

Touchdown! -- Let the points soar!

Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won

Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

Hail to the Redskins!

Hail Victory!

Braves on the Warpath!

Fight for old D.C.!

I am a Packers fan but love hearing that song.

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