Even though fans have collectively decided they don’t want to hear Drew Bryce football notes On TV, there are still plenty of New Orleans Saints wearing the No. 9 jersey who want to know his thoughts as he watches football over the weekend.
Some athletes are not configured for 150 seconds of total time to speak during a semi-final show, or to help guide viewers through a match during a live broadcast of more than three hours. One advantage of social media is that game broadcasts and studio shows aren’t the only way for athletes to communicate with fans their opinions on the sport they’re an expert in.
So on Saturday, Bryce sat in front of the television watching a game that went viral: Alabama in Texas. The Tide was the favorite at 21 points on the road against the unranked Longhorns, and the match turned out to be one of the The best of the weekend. Alabama won thanks to a brilliant final drive led by Bryce Young which culminated in a game-winning field goal.
However, the Texans attack was hampered early in the first half. Longhorn QB Quinn Ewers – the number one footballer in 2021 – took a heavy blow and had to leave the game after injuring his shoulder. Bryce must have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Friday night, because he thought the injury was just a matter of playing through the pain.
That’s right. Take some high-strength pain killing medication at 19 years old, wrap up the unnecessary shoulder that’s just there to make you look better in pads, and get back out there. Young buck, you’ve got a chance to beat ‘Bama.
I don’t doubt that’s the way Brees would’ve approached the situation if he suffered an AC joint separation in his non-throwing shoulder in a 2000 game against Michigan while he was at Purdue. But that’s not the behavior we’re supposed to be encouraging these days. Especially as Texas has its own television network (via ESPN), is about to receive some large direct deposits when it moves to the SEC, and Ewers isn’t going to see a dime. Also, ask Baker Mayfield how playing through the injury worked out for him with the Cleveland Browns last season.
First, however, direct any questions you have about Ewers to the Texas medical staff because they have some valuable information. Ewers’ injury is not in his AC joint, it’s his SC joint. Yes, Mayfield went through a lot of pain with the AC joint, but it is the less severe of the two injuries. The AC joint is where the collar bone connects to part of the shoulder blade. The SC joint is where the collar bone connects to the sternum — hence the full name, sternoclavicular.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel is reporting that Ewers is currently having trouble breathing and swallowing. He will be out of the squad in the next 4-6 weeks.
Since he snapped a picture for his TV when presenting his diagnosis, it’s safe to assume that Dr. Bryce was not involved in examining Ewers’ locker room. Even if he was at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, he wouldn’t be invited to take part in the examination because, at best, he’s a doctor like Dr. J and Dr. House.
Bryce labeled what he posted as “if it’s a joint AC class,” but the spirit of what he was saying was in poor taste. It’s football, and there are a lot of matches. In sports in general, and football in particular, participation requires knowing the difference between injury and injury. If you don’t want to get involved and you’re sore, you shouldn’t play, but that’s not what Brees was getting in touch with.
That young man wanted to take medication to ease the pain of the actual injury until after the match and strap himself to a tethered belt. It was this kind of thinking that led to it Lots of older footballers with physical and even mental disabilities after their careers. Bryce still carries the old mentality with him, and needs to let go and never pick it up again.