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: February 07, 2007, 02:07:02 PM

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/players/02/06/simms0212/index.html

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Squeeze Play
Chris Simms reflects on his scary injury
Posted: Tuesday February 6, 2007 12:17PM; Updated: Tuesday February 6, 2007 12:17PM
 
By Kevin Armstrong

It was a tough play that caused an unusual -- and dangerous -- season-ending injury. Early in a Sept. 24 loss to Carolina, Tampa Bay QB Chris Simms was hit simultaneously in his stomach (by linebacker Thomas Davis) and back (tackle Kris Jenkins). Simms, 26, kept playing, but after the game doctors discovered he had ruptured his spleen and had lost five pints of blood due to internal bleeding, forcing Simms to have an emergency splenectomy.

"I remember the play," says Simms. "But the [rest of] the game is foggy." Simms spent seven days in the hospital, subsisting mainly on ice chips and Gatorade and dropping 13 pounds off what had been a 6'4", 220-pound frame. "I couldn't even do a crunch to get out of bed," says Simms, who was forbidden to eat fats that week. "All that time, I'm thinking about McDonald's french fries."

Though teammates like Joey Galloway and Ronde Barber visited the hospital daily, Simms missed the team, a feeling that continued after he returned to the Tampa home he shares with his wife, Danielle, and their daughter, Sienna. "My wife had two babies to take care of," says Simms. "I was the bigger baby."

The couch-bound Simms slowly gained weight -- Danielle began making french fry runs -- and in early November he started running in the team pool to regain strength while minimizing stress on his stomach and lower back. In the 12th week after surgery he jogged on a treadmill. In week 13 he began to throw. "It was the longest I'd gone without throwing since eighth grade," Simms says. "There was tightness in my stomach. The scar tissue made things uncomfortable."

Simms worked with Bucs trainer Todd Toriscelli doing ab exercises -- "old school ... like in Rocky," Toriscelli says -- and has worked his way back to a normal off-season schedule: chasing after Sienna, lifting weights and throwing five days a week. Though he has watched the hit ("Nothing dirty. I just didn't count on that hit in the back") Simms doesn't dwell on the injury. "We're just huddling up for next week," he says. Or, more precisely, next month, when he'll join the Bucs at team conditioning drills.


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#1 : February 07, 2007, 02:51:33 PM

I spoke with Simms briefly at the Super Bowl and he is looking forward to the upcoming season with the Bucs...says he is healthy and ready to get going...

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#2 : February 08, 2007, 01:29:19 AM

I still believe Chris Simms can be a productive QB in this league.Hopefully he can win comeback Player of the Year, next year.


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#3 : February 08, 2007, 01:59:10 AM

I still believe Chris Simms can be a productive QB in this league.Hopefully he can win comeback Player of the Year, next year.
I am almost betting onthat one.

What are the Vegas odds?  Are there any out yet?


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#4 : February 08, 2007, 02:33:58 AM

I'm excited to see Simms back in Training Camp, hopefully, with a more aggressive mentality to redeem himself and play Lights-Out football.

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#5 : February 08, 2007, 06:34:51 AM

dont get your hopes too high guys, or it could end in severe disappointment, like how I was last year


If we get CJ i think simms will have a good year, but not great




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#6 : February 08, 2007, 08:44:55 AM

I still don't understand why we re-signed him.



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#7 : February 08, 2007, 09:23:42 AM

I still don't understand why we re-signed him.

I understand that we resigned him because he knows our system and still has some upside.  I just don't know why he resigned with us rather than testing the FA waters.

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#8 : February 08, 2007, 10:37:43 AM

um excuse me. What was Simms QB rating in the games he played.
Look that up and you will know why he wont test the FA market.
With his QB rating he will be lucky to be a third string QB

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#9 : February 08, 2007, 11:31:40 AM

Simms got off to a slow start in '05 and then became a difference maker. I seriously doubt that Griese would have gone 5-1 in the division or scored enough points to beat Washington. In preseason Gruden said little about his starter, dissed Rattay, and raved about Gradkowski. That's not a confidence builder. I believe McKay chose Simms to spite Gruden. A left-handed pocket passer is not what Gruden wanted or needed, and McKay had to know that. It wasn't a mistake. It was a plot. Simms was never a good fit for this system. He needs a solid OL and a coach who knows how to use him.

The Bucs signed him because he knows the playbook and has some skills. Gruden has someone else in mind as his starter.

Simms signed because he is stubborn and won't accept failure. IMO he made a mistake. He could have a great career in KC or with the Jets.
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