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Fleur-de-Links - Jan. 12th: Pierre Thomas Regrets Not Resting Injured Ankle Earlier

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Not much happening today, but I did find this little quote from Pierre Thomas on his injured ankle and how he seems to regret not resting it after it was first injured:

"In the beginning, if I would've stayed off my feet right after the injury, earlier in the season, I think I would've been back" to full strength, Thomas said. "I would've played in the playoffs."

I can't fault Thomas for having the heart to want to get back on the field and play. Ever since he injured this infamous ankle in our first matchup against Atlanta, one could probably assume he worsened the injury when he went back in during OT and continued to play. It looked pretty serious when he was down on the turf just before regulation ended. I was shocked to see him back on the field shortly thereafter. Not sure what happened, but it seems the majority of fault should rest with the training crew for allowing him to go back into that game. In hindsight (always 20/20), they should have hid his helmet and told him his day was done. It still isn't clear what went down and why he wasn't forced to "stay off his feet" in the beginning. Was an initial misdiagnosis to blame? I guess we'll never know. We sure could have used him in Seattle.


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