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Cadillac Williams' Herniated Disk Reported on Blog

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by FantasyAlliance.cm, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Originally reported on Juiced Sports Blog: http://www.juicedsportsblog.com/2007/07/cadillac-williams-hidden-06-injury-3.html, AOL Fanhouse picked up this story.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams' productivity dropped off a bit last season. He went from 4.1 yards per carry his rookie year to 3.5 yards per carry last year, and his carries dropped off from 290 to 225.

    Many speculated that Williams' back spasms kept him from performing at his peak level. However, according to Juiced Sports Blog, those spasms were actually something more serious -- and something that might have gone unreported.

    Despite saying all year that his back was fine, there was ongoing concern about back spasms. As Matthew Riggs-Stites, a source close to Buccaneers team doctor Joeseph Diaco confided, those back spasms were really herniated disks.

    Herniated disks can range in severity, sometimes requiring surgery. Because Williams played all season until week 16 (when a foot injury benched him), they were apparently not too serious. The injury occurs when the disk surrounding a bone in the spinal cord is popped loose and presses against the nerve.


    Herniated disks do not heal on their own, so this may affect him for the rest of his career. They may get worse as he ages, especially considering his already well-documented injury history.

    Keep in mind that this report is still speculative, since the Bucs never reported this injury. If it's true, though, Cadillac is going to get worse before he gets better, and that's bad news for Jon Gruden, whose job is on the line this season.
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