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Injury to Bears center Olin Kreutz not as bad as reported

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Olin Kreutz's agent said a Tribune report claiming his client underwent Achilles tendon surgery that will require four to six months of rehabilitation is exaggerated.

Mark Bartelstein told the Sun-Times on Thursday morning that the Bears' center did not have his Achilles repaired but had a bone spur removed near the Achilles that caused him great pain and limited his effectiveness this season. He also said Kreutz would be riding a stationary bike within 10 days.

"If you had a rock in your shoe and you walked around with a rock in your shoe it gets painful and you're afraid to walk on it and you want to take pressure off it and then you take the rock out of your shoe and it feels better," Bartelstein said. "The bone was shaved down to eliminate the spur. There was no repair necessary on his Achilles.

"The good news on the injury is that it's not like he's coming back from a torn Achilles and wondering if he can get his explosiveness back. They aren't fixing anything he needs to perform. They are just alleviating the pain. The only affect it will have on his performance is to improve it dramatically."

Bartelstein said Kreutz underwent the surgery on Tuesday and that while he may miss some of the team's offseason workouts the time lost will not be significant.

He also said the injury contributed greatly to what was widely described as a subpar season for the six-time Pro Bowl performer.

"Olin would never complain and would never, ever raise it as an issue," Bartelstein said. "That's not his personality at all. I've never represented anybody tougher, that's for sure.

[But] It had a dramatic affect, especially on game day, when you're out there playing and it's like having a rock in your shoe. The first 10 steps aren't so bad but you keep walking and the irritation gets so bad you can't use your foot. It affected his explosiveness and ability to create leverage off that foot. He would be mad at me for saying this but it's the truth. It had a huge affect. The doctors think this will help him immensely."

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Ok so how can they say this:
"The good news on the injury is that it's not like he's coming back from a torn Achilles and wondering if he can get his explosiveness back. They aren't fixing anything he needs to perform."

So they say it should not have effected his performance. But then say this:

"The only affect it will have on his performance is to improve it dramatically."

Bone spurs are somewhat painful, I had one removed from my back a few years ago. But I could still workout when I had it. I just took some Advil before hand. I get that it will be a lot less annoying for him, but how will it dramatically improve his performance? It won't make him stronger, faster or more explosive, it even says it won't yet is performance will skyrocket. Typical BS.

Anonymous, I don't know if I can agree with you. I know this is different from a bone spur, but I had a bone calcification on the rear part of my foot at the heel. Every time I would push off my foot to run, as my heel would move towards the direction of my calf muscle, the calcified matter would rub up against the nerves at the back of my leg and the achilles tendon and it was absolutely the most intense shock of pain I'd ever felt.

It would feel like a jolt of electricity up my leg, through the calf and up to the back of my knee. There is no way in the world I would want to run or cut and especially jump up and land back down.

If it improves his quick, short area movement, that could be a bonus for the o-line, as his game is predicated in being in the right spot and gaining leverage on the opposing player.

Apparently what the Bears are saying is that Kreutz, Forte, and Aromashodu could've contributed more if they hadn't suffered nagging injuries throughout the season. That's true, the injury bug hit Chicago pretty hard. Urlacher, Jones, Dvoracek, Reed, Melton, Wolfe, Tinoisamoa, Harris at times, Peterson, Tillman, Manning, and even Briggs or Hester for a while. That still doesn't excuse the inconsistency that each unit showed on both sides of the ball. Because, guess what folks, this is American football and injury will happen to any team on any given Sunday (the Colts went to the Super Bowl 44 with Sanders gone and others banged up). We're no Indy (more like Houston), but if we get an ok coordinator on offense and defense, coupled with an Austin Collie-caliber draft pick or Sharper-like FA hire, we'll be a Wild Card team at the very least (Peter King better keep quiet). I realize the Bears are full of ifs and maybes however.

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