- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on ‘outdated’ agencies
- Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women
- Pentagon plans to destroy Syrian chemical arms on ship at sea
- Paris Metro issues ‘politeness manual’ to improve passengers’ behavior
- Justin Bieber, crew detained at Australian airport in drug search
- Lee Rigby trial: Muslim who machete-hacked soldier calls it ‘humane’ kill
- GM ending Chevy sales in Europe to focus on Opel and Vauxhall
- Putin’s diplomats to U.S. busted for living high life off $1.5M bilked from Medicaid
- Happy Meal: Couple goes to McDonald’s, leaves with bag packed with cash
- Boehner: It took me 3 to 4 hours to sign up for Obamacare
Injury fill-ins keep Super Bowl teams patched up
DALLAS (AP) - Coming out of college two years ago, Ramon Foster wasn’t good enough to be drafted by an NFL team.
Around the middle of this season, Erik Walden wasn’t good enough to be on the roster of an NFL team.
On Sunday, both will be starters in the Super Bowl.
Injuries gave each a chance to show what they could do this season, and both have helped keep their teams humming along. They’re hardly alone.
Walden is among six starters on the Green Bay Packers who got their job as in-season injury replacements. Foster is among three such guys on the Pittsburgh Steelers, although it will probably be four since Doug Legursky likely will replace Maurkice Pouncey at center.
All told, nearly one-fourth of all Super Bowl starters will be fill-ins, which proves something else about these teams. They weren’t just the best in their conferences, they also were the best at the game within the game of pro football _ weathering the injuries that are inevitable in such a violent sport.
Here’s how difficult it was: Placed on injured reserve were starters at running back, tight end, right tackle, a safety and a pair of linebackers. A total of 16 players were on injured reserve. What had been a promising season turned shaky. Green Bay made the playoffs as a sixth seed, but now they are the oddsmakers’ pick to win the Super Bowl.
“I think a lot of credit goes to guys like Ted Thompson for picking the right dudes,” right guard Daryn Colledge said. “When teams get in an injury situation, a lot of them go hunting, they try to find guys on the market who are available. Our team doesn’t have to do that much. We have a lot of guys in-house who can get it done.”
Thompson deflected any credit.
“It says something of the character of the leaders on our team,” Thompson said. “They took these guys in. They knew they needed help. They put their arms around them and said, `OK, let’s go. Help us out.’ The resolve of this team has been very special.”
Told that the players credited the front office, Thompson smiled and said, “Maybe that’s the teamwork we’re looking for.”
Thompson wouldn’t say which fill-in most exceeded his expectations because he didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
“It’s like my dad says, `Some of those guys don’t know they’re not supposed to be good,’” Thompson said. “They don’t. They’re just playing. They’re doing the best they can and our coaches are doing a good job of putting them in a spot to be successful.”
Why such hatred toward America's freedom of religion?
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality: liberal group
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- Russian diplomats busted bilking $1.5 million from Medicaid
- Democratic infighting erupts over 'we can have it all' fantasy on entitlements
- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- Hack attack: 2 million Facebook, Twitter passwords stolen
- Obama returns to class warfare as poll numbers plunge
- CARSON: Getting to the top by starting at the bottom
- Activists encourage Obama to circumvent Congress, use more executive authority
- Obama lived with Uncle Onyango Obama in the 1980s, White House admits
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Understanding economic events with a free market explanation
John Wood illustrates a new American politics, and the path to get there.
Interviews and show reviews from the Los Angeles punk scene past and present. Los Angeles has always been rich in punk rock talent since punk rock was born.
White House pets gone wild!