|05-26-2005, 09:15 PM||#1|
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Join Date: May 2003
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P.J. Alexander out for 2005 season.
Sorry if this has been posted already. I've been busy and haven't had much time to scan the board. To me this is huge! I kept saying that line depth was needed.
It was not an incident on the football field that cost guard P.J. Alexander his season.
"My understanding is that he was on a four-wheeler, and he got hurt," Shanahan said. "I don't know if he was going to tip over or something, but he put his foot down and tore his ACL. It had nothing to do with football. He was kind of doing something over the weekend. I'm sure he wishes he did not do that at that time. I've done some crazy things myself, so I can't start throwing any stones."
The accident could scarcely have come at a worse juncture for Alexander.
He had entered quarterback camp 10 days ago with an opportunity to compete for the right guard slot that Dan Neil manned for most of the last seven years. Cooper Carlisle started the final four games of the regular season and the playoff contest at the end of the 2004 campaign, but Alexander -- who spent last year sitting on the bench and occasionally contributing on special teams -- was regarded as a prospect worthy of a long offseason look.
"Obviously, Cooper will start out there, but we do have some competition," said Shanahan, who signed former Cardinals guard Cameron Spikes on Monday. "It's always tough to lose a guy like P.J., because he's worked so hard to put himself in that position."
The injury came just weeks after Browns tight end Kellen Winslow's motorcycle accident cost him his season, and just days after Shanahan spoke to the team addressing the risks of potentially dangerous off-field activities.
"I did it three days before, to give you an idea how strong my speech was -- they didn't pay any attention to it," Shanahan said. "We did talk about the Winslow situation -- starting with myself, because I do ride motorcycles, but it doesn't matter if I get hurt; I can still coach. These guys with some ability, it's a little bit different.
"It's always tough, when guys do something that has a chance to cost (them) their career. You always remind them, and they've got to make their decision."
Last edited by HEAV; 05-26-2005 at 09:17 PM.. Reason: I'm tired and sleepy.
|05-26-2005, 09:23 PM||#3|
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Our Euro-stash in Clybo seems to be doing ok enough to back up whoever starts, which is what PJ would have done.
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