Been a rough week for director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer. First, there was that ugly trip to Cincinnati for Sunday night's preseason opener. Had a ton of injuries to tend to, the game ended around midnight, then the team had to fly to Indianapolis because they had insufficient fuel, and they finally got back to Dulles around 5 am Monday.
By around noon Monday, Bubba was accompanying injured running backs Clinton Portis and Kerry Carter to Birmingham, Alabama, to meet with a specialist for their injuries. He had a long day there, with Dr. James Andrews evaluating Portis alone for nearly three hours, then Bubba headed to Durham, North Carolina, to catch up with cornerback Shawn Springs, who was seeing a specialist for his groin/abdominal problem.
Turns out Springs needed a surgical procedure done Tuesday to repair a tear in his abdominal muscle, so Bubba spent all day on Tobacco Road. We were all about to start pulling out maps and doing out daily, "Where's Bubba?" puzzles, when we learned he's now back where he belongs, good 'ol Ashburn. His tour of the South's great medical facilities is over ... at least for now. But if Saturday's home tilt with the Jets turns out anything like last weekend's contest, Bubba could soon be racking up the frequent flyer miles again.
And while we're on the topic of flying, the airports were not bad at all this weekend, particularly if you weren't checking bags. I opted to leave most of the toiletries at home for my one-day trip to Cincy, breezed through security all around, and bought deodorant and toothpaste at the hotel. Got squeezed for $10 for those two tiny items at the gift shop - thanks Hyatt - but that's what the expense report is for (sorry editors).
Skins made two more roster moves today, both of which point to the poor health/spotty depth in the defensive backfield. On Monday they added CB Mike Rumph from San Fran Monday - what's with the yearning for all these 49ers? Andre Carter and B.Lloyd I can understand, but Ben Emanuel (since released) and Rumph? They couldn't get the job done for the worst team in the league - and today added free agent cornerback Julian Battle and safety Antuan Edwards. Battle was a third- round pick by KC in 2003, but missed all of 2005 with a ruptured Achilles. Edwards is a seven-year vet who played four games for Atlanta last season. The Skins cut OL Jonta Woodard and DB Chris Hawkins as well ...
So we're waiting for the injury reports to be released Tuesday night around 8 pm., when a stream of cheerleaders head through the front door of Redskins Park. Obviously, there is a practice of some sort going on, and, as the media room is adjacent to the front door, we've got a pretty good seat for this. Then the strangest thing happens. A clichÃ© came to life right before us. About 10 of these gals immediately huddle around the media room, and begin an endless procession into our bathroom, the new one they just put in for us. I guess it's true that women have to go to the WC in droves, and they all seemingly have the need to utilize such facilities at the same time. We couldn't figure out why they just didn't use the restroom designated for women - ours is unisex - but then again, no one was really complaining all that much, either ...
I was remiss in not sending mad props to DC United last week. That draw with Real Madrid was something else. Man, did they play with passion, and there were too many standouts players to mention. In the big picture, it doesn't mean much and was still essentially a meaningless game for the Spaniards, but results like that can't hurt MLS and US Soccer. What a summer for that football team that still plays at RFK.
Alright, heading to practice soon. Thanks again for checking in.
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