Following up Mike Jurecki’s news that safety Adrian Wilson had surgery today to repair a torn abductor muscle (Jurecki said Wilson told him there is a three-to-seven week rehab process) that Wilson reportedly played with all season, I am reminded of 2007.
Wilson was coming off his first Pro Bowl season in 2006 when coach Ken Whisenhunt arrived the next season. He wanted to get back to the Pro Bowl, he wanted to show the new staff what he was capable of and he wanted to show he was in the prime of his career. Then, halfway through the season, a heel injury he had been trying to play through caught up to him to the point where he was forced to the sidelines long-term for the first time in his career. He missed the final seven games of the season and he was royally ticked off.
Wilson hates to miss anything. He hates to miss practice, he hates to miss offseason workouts (who can forget how he famously once cut short a tropic vacation after just three days because he was jonesing to get back into the weight room and prepare for the next season?) and he really hates to miss games. The report is that Wilson played with it all season; not sure if that means it happened in camp or really early (I can’t imagine he had that ginormous game in St. Louis to open the year with a problem, so did it come later?).
Regardless, I am trying to remember off the top of my head if Wilson — who played every game and has missed one in the three seasons since his 2007 frustration — even missed a practice this season. If he did, it didn’t happen much. Wilson stayed out there and played. Heck, he even played in the Pro Bowl banged up. And as everyone — including Wilson — knows, it wasn’t his best year. Was it because of the injury? Did it make that big of a difference? Wilson never let on anything was wrong. But it could have been a factor. We’ll have to see the next time I talk to him. I’m sure A-Dub is looking forward to having that conversation.
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