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Phil Daniels and His Knee Liquid


(By John McDonnell - TWP)

I saw where Phillip Daniels missed a practice this week after having his knee drained, and like all of you, I was wondering two things: How much liquid, and what did it look like?

How much: Well, back in the day, when he played on turf in Seattle, his right knee hit the ground and had a bursa issue and had to be drained. That yielded about 50 CCs of liquid, or roughly three and a third tablespoons, if I'm doing the math correctly.

"That was good," Daniels said. "This one was only 20 or 25."

So that's only about a tablespoon and a half.

What'd it look like: "How can I explain this, it's like sweet tea that's not dark, that's as good as I can explain it," Daniels said. "It just looks like a little bloody-type liquid. It's hard to explain it, but it's like a little bloody type liquid, like a light brown color."

Daniels said the swelling tightens up the back of the knee, making it tough to bend the knee and tough to move effectively. The draining, he said, was a huge success.

"I felt good today, man, I felt really good," he said. "It makes you faster, makes you quicker too. The way I was moving around today, I felt like a new person out there. It's just something we had to do. I've been out here in camp all these days practicing and there was some swelling on there, but I just had to something we had to do to get it off and help me move better."

He's mostly only been practicing once a day during two-a-days, and he said the knee will likely need to be drained again as the season goes on. No big deal.

"This is major surgery, your body isn't used to pushing on people and doing all this stuff," he said. "It's gonna take some time, but I figure there'll be a point where I won't have to do that n more, but as long as it keep coming, we'll keep draining it and just keep going."

This, to me, raised another question. At the age of 36, why not walk away from a profession that requires a couple of tablespoons of bloody sweet tea to be removed from your knee?

"I don't feel my age," said Daniels, who also explained his motivations to Mike Wise recently. "I feel like I've got about five more years in me, easily, easily. I could be a backup, but easily. I think I'm gonna play until my son gets to the pros, so we can have a father-son in the pros....Then I'd get a chance to hit him, you know what I'm saying? That'd be great."

See, Daniels's oldest son, DaVaris, is a highly ranked junior in Illinois who will play quarterback, wide receiver, running back, kick returner, punt returner, safety and cornerback this fall. He's been included on lists of the Top 100 juniors in the country, and Daniels said just about every school in the country is recruiting him. And dad seemed serious about wanting to get in his licks.

"If he catches a short route, I'm gonna go get him," Daniels said. "I joke with him about that sometimes--'Man, you get in the league and I'm still in the league, you catch a short route, I'm coming to get you.' He says, 'Man, I'll shake you.' He might, because I'm gonna be older, but we'll see."

The younger Daniels can run the 40 in about 4.46, and dad has already stopped challenging son in the speed category.

"I got out there one day in my driveway and we were gonna go 10 yards, right?" he said. "Man, he blew me up. Man, I felt so bad. I said 'That's it, I ain't running against you no more."

But anyhow, back to that knee liquid. I suppose such things get disposed of like any medical waste, but I asked Daniels if he knew what happened to his tablespoons of bloody tea.

"I guess they throw it away," he said. "I hope they don't drink it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 20, 2009; 3:37 PM ET
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But anyhow, back to that knee liquid. I suppose such things get disposed of like any medical waste, but I asked Daniels if he knew what happened to his tablespoons of bloody tea.

"I guess they throw it away," he said. "I hope they don't drink it."
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Classic. Rock on, PD, have a great season feasting on QBs and RBs!!

Posted by: hogmeister | August 21, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

This is why the Bog is a must-read. I have always been curious about knee-fluid. Keep up the good work Steinberg.

Posted by: Boo1000 | August 21, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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