Injury News: Poz Undergoes Surgery, Quarless Hopeful for 2012
For a pair of Nittany Lions in the NFL, the 2011 regular season ended on a sour note.
Andrew Quarless had just been placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL and Paul Posluszny left the final game with a sprained shoulder. In the past week, updates have come out regarding both players.
First off, Quarless.
The second year tight end didn’t miss much in his time out, as the Packers were trampled by THE New York Football Giants under the smoking gun of Eli Manning (no bias). His initial prognosis was that he would need surgery immediately if he wanted even a hint of hope to play in the 2012 season. Luckily, he only needed the surgery to repair his torn ACL, and not his MCL. In fact, he claims that the MCL is already healed up since it was only a minor tear. Now that he has undergone the ACL surgery, both the Packers coaching staff and himself believe that he at least has a chance to play in 2012, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In the article, Quarless is quoted as saying, “I think so” and, “[The coaching staff] think so too,” referring to his prospects of playing next season. While it’s only words at this point, it’s good to see that he has his mind set on recovery.
As for Posluszny, his sprained shoulder may have been a bit more serious than originally expected.
When he left the Jaguars’ week 17 game, his return was listed as questionable and the fact that the shoulder was only sprained suggested that it might be a minor injury. Well, according to jacksonville.com, Poz recently underwent surgery for that shoulder. As I have said before, I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure any time surgery is required, the injury really can’t be considered minor. There have been no indications that his 2012 season is in jeopardy in any way, though.