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PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE NFL : Bledsoe’s Father Chronicles Injuries

Associated Press

It wasn’t just the left shoulder that bothered New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe last season. The right-hander also separated his right shoulder, according to what his father, Mac, told the Boston Herald.

The elder Bledsoe said his son suffered a first-degree (least severe) separation of his throwing shoulder in against Pittsburgh on Dec. 16.

“It’s not bothering him. But when he shrugs his shoulder, the collarbone comes loose,” said Bledsoe, a high school football coach in Washington state for 26 years. “He did tear all three ligaments that hold the joint together, as well as the cartilage that acts as a buffer in there.”

The elder Bledsoe also said his son suffered a gashed left hand and five-stitch lip cut in the final game of the season, Dec. 23 against Indianapolis. Bledsoe suffered the more serious third-degree separation of his left shoulder in Week 3 against San Francisco.

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His father said the right shoulder is fine now, and that although the left shoulder pops out of joint, his son will not have surgery to repair the damage.

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Green Bay Packer assistant coach Gil Haskell has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility while recovering from a skull fracture suffered in a sideline accident in Dallas.

Haskell, 52, was injured when his head hit the turf as he was knocked on his back in a sideline collision during the Cowboys’ victory over the Packers in the NFC championship game Jan. 14.

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He was treated at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas until the transfer to the neighboring rehabilitation institute.

Packer trainer Pepper Burruss said Haskell continues to make rapid improvement toward a full recovery.


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