September 22, 2009 at 09:32am by Scott • 1 Comment »
Raheem Morris announced yesterday that the reason Jermaine Phillips had to leave the game early was because of a broken thumb.
He is expected to be out between 6-8 weeks and is a candidate to be placed on Injured Reserve.
This doesn’t bother me all that much. I’ve always liked Phillips, but ever since they made him switch to linebacker, he’s kind of been a player without a position. Even though he had been handed the starting job, his progress at linebacker was slow. Then when they had to move him back to safety to account for Tanard Jackson‘s suspension, he was doing the job with barely any practice at the position for the entire offseason. Phillips is one of Morris’s guys and was going to start whether or not he was ready. Now that the issue has been forced and Phillips is out, maybe the secondary can start establishing some kind of consistency. Not that I’m blaming Phillips for giving up all those big plays, but I think it will help to have only true safeties back there.
Phillips’ career has been marred by broken forearms and a wrist, including a pair of breaks last season.
Yeah, he just keeps breaking shit. His arms are like Cadillac Williams‘s knees — you cringe every time you see one get hit awkwardly. Does no one drink milk anymore?
And as long as we’re talking about players who won’t be playing.
Bucs wide receiver Antonio Bryant can’t commit yet to playing in Sunday’s home game against the Giants, he said today.
Bryant, who is dealing with the afteraffects of an August knee surgery, described his condition as a “bone bruise.” Time might be only effective treatment.
Wait, which is it? Is he still working through his recovery from surgery or is it a bone bruise?
“It’s all about taking hits on it or the bone colliding with the other bone,” Bryant said. “I’m gonna play tough, so it’s just a matter of letting it heal and taking away that (pain).”
He sounds kind of sketchy here, but it’s still early in the week. I think since Maurice Stovall showed up big on Sunday that Morris will be more likely to hold Bryant out until he’s a little closer to 100%.