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June 29, 2011 @ 6:03 am
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Price Not Ready For Training Camp, Could Start 2011 On PUP

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Second-year Bucs DT Brian Price revealed that he has just begun to jog and was unable to say with any certainty that he would be ready for Tampa Bay's 2011 training camp after radical pelvic surgery. Price also didn't deny that he could be a candidate to start the season on the PUP list.
BRADENTON – Second-year Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price tries to put on a brave face when discussing his rehab from surgery to repair a torn hamstring and damaged pelvis that caused him to go on injured reserve after notching just six tackles and one tackle for loss in five games during his rookie season.

“It’s going well,” Price said. “I’ve just been rehabbing and trying to get right. There is no timeline when you are going through something like this. I don’t know when I’ll be ready, but when I’m ready everybody will know pretty much.”

The first of two second-round picks from a year ago, Price attended the Bucs voluntary, unofficial mini-camp at the IMG Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday, but was limited to just lifting weights and watching the action from the sidelines. Although he had surgery last year, the procedure Price had done was quite radical and involved using screws to fasten his hamstring to the bone as well as attaching the pelvic bones themselves.

“They said I was the first person in the NFL to have anything like it,” Price said. “I have two screws on each Tubersity of Ischium. I got the X-ray and when you look at it, it’s like, ‘How are you walking right now?’ They screwed my bones together. I’m like Iron Man right now.”

Price’s X-ray may look like something right out of a Marvel superhero comic, but the slow, painful rehabilitation from an injury that began in college and his surgerical procedure appears to have the UCLA product’s participation in training camp – and perhaps even at the start of the season – in doubt.

When asked if his goal is to be ready for training camp, which would start in one month if the lockout were lifted, Price dodged the question just like he tries to avoid offensive linemen on the way to sack the quarterback.

“Man, my goal is to be ready for the Hall of Fame,” Price said. “I’m trying to go to the Hall of Fame one day. This is something to add to my story. This is just another chapter in a book that every great player goes through. It’s easy to fold right now, but it takes a champion to fight through something like this. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude. I’m fighting and working.

“I just started jogging not too long ago. That was like a big, big improvement and a big step forward. Being able to jog and flip heavy tires – those are some of the things I’ve been able to do just now. I’m sore the next day, though. I haven’t done any on-field stuff yet, but that’s coming next. I’m just taking it easy.”

With Price being limited to just jogging and not doing any on-field defensive tackle-oriented drills, it is a far cry to suggest he is ready for the rigors of training camp right now. In PewterReport.com’s opinion after talking to Price, starting the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and missing the first six games of the year does not seem out of the question.

When asked if he was a candidate to be placed on the PUP list to start the 2011 season, Price was non-committal.

“I don’t know,” Price said. “I’m just taking it day by day. I’m getting better. It’s mind over matter. Words have power. Whatever you think can come true can. I just fight through the pain. Sometimes I feel it. Sometimes I don’t. In my head I’m getting better. You just have to weather the storm. At the end of the day I know I’ll be great. If I give up now … it’s easy to give up. It’s always harder to fight. My hip, back, hamstrings – the pain hits me everywhere.”

Listed at 6-foot-1, 303 pounds, Price has put on some weight that he has to lose before he gets back into playing shape. Although he didn’t reveal how much he weighs, Price looked heavier on Tuesday at IMG than he did last year and said that he needs to work on his conditioning.

“I’m trying to be in the best shape ever – like a boxer,” Price said. “I look at those guys and I’m a real ways off. The way to get into football shape is to do football drills. I haven’t been able to do any of those things. I’ve been able to jog and that’s it. You have to be tough to be able to fight through the pain. Anybody can do these [football] drills, but I have to deal with pain on top of that, which slows me down.”

Although he has packed on some pounds around his midsection, Price has clearly added some muscle to his upper body with his arms and shoulders looking significantly bigger than they were a year ago.

“When I first had surgery, I was in the weight room a couple of weeks later just doing upper body,” Price said. “I’ve been doing mostly upper body, but I just started to do lower body exercises like leg press a few weeks ago and some hamstring curls. It’s getting better and better and I’m getting stronger and stronger. It’s just taking some time.”

With the radical surgery that Price underwent, the Bucs were hoping to have him ready for training camp so that he and last year’s first-round pick, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, could form a one-two punch inside in the starting lineup. Instead, it looks as if Roy Miller will continue to start at nose tackle as Price’s rehab continues.
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    Way to early to form an opinion good or bad. We haven't seen him healthy yet as a Buc to see what he is capable of.
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    Souonds like late this eyar or next beofre we see iof he will ever be a factor
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    Enough of the doom and gloom with these predictions that Price's injury might be career-ending. It always cracks me up how people who have no medical credentials and not seen the first X-Ray or MRI, think they can determine the success or failure of a surgery they can't even pronounce. I know this much; injuries that would have ended a career years ago are now routinely corrected. With Price's condition being somewhat unique I think his medical team and he are wise to be cautious. As someone pointed out, he's only 21 years old. Even if he is forced to rehabilitate the entire 2011 season, he'll still be very young in 2012 with his dreamed of Hall of Fame career ahead of him.
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    I agree, let him heal a whole year if he needs to, the Bucs have plenty of options on the DLine. Time will tell if he can come back, but I remain hopeful at present, as it is way too soon to make judgement.
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    I am not a doctor, but if he doesn't play this year it will be two years not playing, how many people do you know are still around after two yrs without playing ? If he starts this year early all is well but if he continues to be on the bench, forget it..He's gone.
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    I think the Bucs will be alright because they have Okam and Woods in reserve. Doug Worthington can also play inside. But I’m concerned about Price – his answers didn’t seem to be upbeat about his future and I have recently learned about a second surgery in January. This is radical surgery and the kind of twists and torque required to play the DT position may make it impossible for him to ever perform at a high level. I hope he finds some quality of life after football, but like seat26, I think he’s done.
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    The good thing for the Bucs is we still have Okum to give Miller a break. Okum has earned the sport behind miller and price. The DL will be fine until price is ready. No need to rush/push him and have a set back...
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    I am not one for predicting gloom and doom but I gotta tell you I think this guy never plays again in a Bucs uniform.
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    With all the new players that will be coming In. I say along with other fans. Don't push it price, just do what the trainers and the staff says. I think with other FA rookies tampa may found a gem out of that group, and give price and other players time to heal. Go Bucs
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    Well that doesn't sound very good. Not good at all. No way they can count on him coming back.
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    I have a buddy who has a similar injury to his shoulder and bicep. He had surgery in December where the bicep was re attached to the shoulder with screws. Its something you definitely don't want to push. My buddy tore his back off within the first month with a minor move. He says it takes a full year just to get back to "normal" a 300+ pound man pushing his body the way Price does is going to take some patience to get back and strong enough to push it with confidence. He can come back from this and be healthy but you cannot push it. The good thing us that he is still very young, remeber he came out as a junior. With film study and patient rehab I'd say he might be ready to go half way through the season but don't be too surprised (if actually be relieved) if he doesn't see game day this year either. 2012 he will be a force one way or the other if this is handled right has patience.
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    It sucks about Price. But then again I think everyone is forgetting how well Miller performed last year with no DE help. He didn't put up big sack numbers, but he was a monster against the run!
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    I completely agree with Roger4680.
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    and next year we may be reading the say thing about bowers
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    Poor guy. I can't imagine what he's going through. Sounds as though he's got his head in the right place but it also sounds really really tough. We have to wonder if he's ever going to be right. That has to be going through his head also. A critical injury like this. Wow. Good luck to you Brian. Talk to Caddy a lot. He's gone through hell too. Go Bucs.
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    damn not good. there is no way even if he makes it back that he will be what he was. This guy would have been twice the player Gerald was. so bummed for you BP keep the faith my brother!
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    Take your time and get fully healthy, Brian. Management's goal was never to win before 2013 anyway, so don't jeopardize your career.
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    I'm rooting for Price so I'm going to keep a positive attitude about all of this. If Price keeps staying mentally tough he can come in after being on the PUP nice and fresh and really add something to this team. Go Bucs!!
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    I never did have a good feeling about his injury. I suspect he was damaged goods coming into the draft and now the Bucs are staring down a DT who might never be the same.
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    I like Price's possitve attitude about his injury and rehab. It's a strange injury to have and the future strength of the pelvis and hamstring are in question, but hopefully he can fight back. He was impressive during offseason work last year and looked to be a force in the middle. There must have been a lack of intel on his developing injury before last years draft.
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