Price’s 65% > Okam’s 100%?
September 16, 2011 at 09:38am by Scott • 6 Comments »
According to Raheem Morris, Brian Price has earned the starting nose tackle job for this week’s game against the Vikings.
“Brian Price looked good (in practice today)” Morris said. “He will get his first NFL start this week. He did a nice job last week and really played well. He will get the chance to get out there and get some more snaps in.”
And according to Price himself, he’s barely better than halfway healthy.
Price, who spent the entire offseason rehabbing from a surgical procedure to reattach his hamstrings to his pelvis, revealed Thursday he is “nowhere near” 100 percent healthy.
“I’m probably more like 60 or 65 percent,” said Price, who has nonetheless leap-frogged Roy Miller into the top spot on the Bucs’ depth chart at nose tackle. “I’m still playing in a lot of pain, so right now it’s just a grind.”
They’re still going to use a rotation so it’s not like Frank Okam and Miller aren’t going to see the field, but the starting designation does have a certain distinction. If it didn’t, no one would make a big deal about it. And Price starting over those other two guys tells me that Morris thinks Price’s “60 or 65 percent” is at least as good as Okam’s and Miller’s 100%, if not a little better. And that seems nuts.
I thought Okam looked really good in the preseason, certainly the best guy they put in at nose. And he totally healthy. Price is playing in constant pain after having his hamstrings attached to his pelvis with a nail gun. But we’re saying that they’re playing at roughly the same level? REALLY? I mean, I know that TFL last week was really cool. But remember Price’s first week of training camp last year and how he was just destroying everyone he lined up against? Then after a week he was pretty much spent and wound up hurting himself. This just seems like a dangerous line they’re walking. I mean, I’m no doctor, but neither is Raheem.
“He is almost at that point we talked about a couple months ago when I said he had a couple more weeks to go.”
So you’ll forgive me if I don’t put a lot of faith in your prognosis. Raheem reminds me of that doctor in the alley behind Wal-Mart that was giving free prostate exams. What an uncomfortable hour that was.