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Doctor provides insight on Major Wright and hamstring injuries

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While the Bears are still assessing the hamstring injuries to Major Wright and Chris Williams, there may be more concern about the rookie safety than left tackle based on his post-injury reaction.

In the first quarter, on a punt return, Wright hustled from the middle of the field toward the left sideline, attempting to prevent Dez Bryant's 62-yard touchdown. But, around the 15-yard line, Wright pulled up and hopped a few times. Then, he slowly walked toward the Bears' sideline, barely putting any pressure on his left leg.

The hamstring is a muscle that connects the pelvis and lower leg.

"It's a primary accelerator," said Dr. David Thorson, who works with the U.S. Ski Team. "When track stars pull up lame after the start, they pull their hamstring."

Thorson said the three grades of hamstring strains are very clear. The first is an aggravation, and an athlete is day to day. The second is a partial tear and the third is a complete tear.

Thorson has unique insight; he tore three-quarters of his hamstring during a water skiing incident.

"I couldn't even get out of the water," he said.

Thorson said Wright couldn't have a complete tear because he wouldn't have been able to move on his own. Third-degree injuries are rare, Thorson said, and can threaten an athlete's career.

Then, based on his slow movement, Wright may have suffered a second-degree strain. The timetable for recovery is two to six weeks, depending on where the partial tear took place. If it was high, closer to the pelvis, it would take longer, Thorson said.

"You have to let the muscle heal. Then once it heals, you have to stretch and strengthen," Thorson said.

Wright wasn't available for comment after the game. But Williams was seen walking around the locker room Sunday.

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"Wright wasn't available for comment after the game. But Williams was seen walking around the locker room Sunday."

Was he? Could be the I suck injury coming up to bight another bear offensive tackle for the second year in a row.

I think the only thing that got hurt was his feelings after Cutler asjed the line if they could ******* block someone.

"Wright wasn't available for comment after the game. But Williams was seen walking around the locker room Sunday."

Was he? Could be the I suck injury coming up to bight another bear offensive tackle for the second year in a row.

I think the only thing that got hurt was his feelings after Cutler asjed the line if they could ******* block someone.

...Major's not really hurt, he's just giving Suh a head start on that Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Then the last 8 games Major's going to have 100 tackles, 9 INT's and be the runaway winner.
And yes, I am being sarcastic because every time I see major screwup...err Wright it makes me fume. Jerry A. fell asleep in the 3rd round and let the packers move up past the Bears. And yes, I have beat this horse to death, but here we go again with issues at safety for the umpteeth time in 4 years. JA was so liberal with his 2nd round pick last year getting hosed by the Bucs for a bust, but then on draft day he sat on his 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks not using them to move up. Had to have the great Wooten, Josh Moore, Lefevour, and Ja'Marcus Webb.

And I know, I know, I am going to be called out for being so negative, but so be it. Another wasted, undersized, mid round draft pick by JA. Good job, square peg guy.

By Creighton on September 21, 2010 8:06 PM Could be the I suck injury coming up to bight another bear offensive tackle for the second year in a row.

Sean, I think there should be some kind of rule where if a blogger can't spell the word "bite" then they should be unable to post until they complete kindergarten.

The Bears will be fine at safety. Harris, and Manning can man the ship just fine. Wright is talented and can tackle a horse. He will be fine in 4 weeks.

Williams will also be physically fine in 4 weeks. But, now, he has to beat out Omiyale for the starting left tackle spot.

Face it. Every team in the league has at least one glaring weakness.
Sure the Bear's biggest weakness is O-line, but they have strengths as well (and coaching might be one of them this year). The entire defense seems to be on the same page, and although they might give up big pass yardage, they are athletic enough to force multiple turnovers per game. And they can hit..... HARD! As the Cowboys found out last weekend.

GB has questions on their O-line, and secondary (just like the Bears).
Minnesota has questions at O-line, receiver, and maybe their QB as well.
In fact, no O-line on the Bear's schedule looks that great (maybe Miami's is really good).

Dallas's weakness clearly is the secondary, and the Bears exploited it.

They just need to keep exploiting the other team's weaknesses more than theirs are exposed to win.

Go Bears.

By Gearheadboy on September 21, 2010 9:28 PM
"And yes, I am being sarcastic because every time I see major screwup...err Wright it makes me fume...And I know, I know, I am going to be called out for being so negative, but so be it. Another wasted, undersized, mid round draft pick by JA. Good job, square peg guy."

I'm not going to call you out for being negative, I'm just going to call you out for being a complete doofus.

You can tell a player is a wasted pick two whole games into his rookie season when he's been slighted by injuries? Wow! That's amazing! It's football you see, injuries do happen to anyone at anytime. Wright didn't have injury problems in college so it's not like he has a history.

And undersized? Hmmm...

Major Wright - 5'11", 206

Mike Brown - 5' 10", 207

Danieal Manning, 5'11", 202

Chris Harris - 6'0", 206

Troy Polamalu - 5'10", 207

Eric Berry - 6'0", 211

Ed Reed - 5'11", 200

Morgan Burnett (your hero) - 6'1, 209

Aww shucks I guess you got me there. That Major Wright really is a midget compared to the walking trees that have been known to play safety in the NFL. If only Angelo would stop being so foolish and sign Shaquille O'Neal to take Major's place. I know, why don't you start a petition Gearhead! And darn it, I'll be the first to sign it! FS Shaq to the Chicago Bears!!! Who's with us!?

Hey Ryan, the Bears have more than one glaring weakness. Obviously the O line is the worst but they also seem to have a lot of trouble over the middle of the field. You can blame that on the pass rush or the secondary or both. I love the moxy and hard hits but you shouldn't be giving up those 12-20 yard plays in the first place. Whenever Urlacher doesn't drop into coverage, its practically an automatic completion.

The hard hits last week were a GREAT compensation, but they need to get their hands on balls. I will say our corners are grading well, but Harris and Manning need to continue step it up. They've played admirably, but only considering how bad we expected them to be. They are still mediocre right now. When GB comes to town I'm afraid one more weakness will appear "glaring" to the general public. Believe me, Capers has noticed.

Gearheadboy, I share your chagrin in regards to JA's drafting, but give it a rest. His shortcomings do not condemn any of his picks' careers. I actually wanted Burnett also, but I don't know any more than you which safety will work out best. Both were high graded athletes by most experts. Burnett was reported as the better tackler but only because he was a featured starter in college; if you watch tape I still like Major's hits better. Go to youtube and see what I mean. Burnett's size obviously gives him an edge in pass deflection, but isn't Wright faster?

What I saw from Major in camp was great ballhawk skills, complete tackling, good angles on ball carriers, and great instincts and vision at the free spot. Can't tell if that will translate to a great NFL career but at least I'm basing my optomism on the guy's technique, and not some hurt feelings from draft day, lingering frustrations with management, or a crystal ball.

And Corey Wooten was a steal. A lot of people won't realize that for a couple years, though.

Mike,

Do you need me to double space for you? Or how about hooked on phonics so you can learn to read. You're a clown who has to be shown where the laces of a football are. You're going to compare Major Wright to Ed Reed? Or Polamalu? Put the X-Box controller down and pay attention. Look at Wright's body structure and look at Reed's or Polamalu's. And the 5' 11" on Wright might be stretching it a bit. Also, the listed weights of some of the guys you looked up on wikipedia or google haven't changed since their rookie years. If you think that Major Wright and Ed Reed/Troy/Berry/even Manning (who's pretty ripped) are basically the same size, then you also need your momma to take you to the wal-mart eye care "professionals" because, Bull Winkle, you need specs. It's called a weight lifting program. Do they even have that in Madden? And my hero isn't Morgan Burnett. I was making a point as to how Angelo got hosed in the 3rd round. but how about we have a wager {go ask your mommy for more allowance money. Although she might think you're buying another video game} Burnett's first 2 years vs. Wrights. We'll, go tackles, TFL, INT's. I will even spot you 2 INT's, and 5 TFL's. Say for $500.00. We can even let Nei or Sean hold on to the $.

I said he was an undersized wasted draft pick of JA. I don't think Reed, or Troy, or Berry, or Landy were drafted by Angelo. But, Bazuin, Okwo, Wolfe, Moore, Grossman, and Josh Beekman were all UNDERSIZED wasted draft picks by JA. {IS that your hero?}

Wait, hold on, Madden boy is calling me a dufus but then he's got the audacity to bring up someone's college history as it relates to injuries in the NFL? Oh you have to stop, This is like a monkey doing a math problem. Hey, Mikey...he's played all of maybe 2+ PROFESSIONAL football games {out of 6. I see the confused look on your face. 4 preseason and 2 regular season games) and he's had a broken pinky (still want someone to explain to me how that wasn't taped up and him sent back out on the field.) and a 4-6 week hamstring injury. Seems to me, he's building a pretty good "HISTORY" there.

Nice try, Mikey.

Sincerely,

Gearheadboy

I can understand why people can get a bit down on Williams. He has not shown much with the injuries and lack of playing time. He did look good toward the end of last season but has not seemed to get back to full speed thus far this year. I hope he gets healthy and develops up to hs potential because he really does have all the necessary tools.

I'm being told I need to learn how to read by someone who, based on their nonsensical comments, most likely walks around with a helmet on in their day to day operations.

Where to begin.

"I said he was an undersized wasted draft pick of JA. I don't think Reed, or Troy, or Berry, or Landy were drafted by Angelo. But, Bazuin, Okwo, Wolfe, Moore, Grossman, and Josh Beekman were all UNDERSIZED wasted draft picks by JA."

Wow. I point out to you that Major Wright is the size of your standard NFL safety and you come back at me with a list of Angelo picks, none of who are safeties by the way and say, "There Mike you see! Angelo drafted some undersized players before that didn't work out so that means Major Wright is an undersized bust!"

You. Are. On. Crack.

As for the the $500.00 bet, again, I haven't said, ever, that Major Wright will turn out to be a good safety for the Bears, so I'll have to decline. Don't worry though, Morgan Burnett will be playing on Monday. You can root for him then, as well as the team he plays for which you also seem to be huge fan of. Lucky you!

ChiD,

Sorry, my friend, but I won't let up on JA until his mumbling, stuttering, butt is gone. I have stated many times that I never expect a GM to be perfect. That's silly, but I do expect him to have 1 or 2 years in nearly a decade where he hits on almost everything. JA hasn't come close. Couple that with the fact that he doesn't address the OL except every other leap year {joke} and he drafts players 2-3 rounds before any other GM would have drafted said player.

I have seen more FL games than I have GT and I know how Major hit in college. But there are college players and then there are players who just naturally adapt to the NFL and it seems as though Burnett is that type of player. And my main beef with Angelo with regard to Burnett is that it's 2010. In 1985 when we had far less communication technology, Bill Walsh had his 'ear to the ground" with regard to Jerry Rice. He was keeping tabs on the Cowboys and 1 other team {escapes me right now} as to what they might do. 25 years later, Angelo is caught with his pants down 4 picks before his pick when a division rival moves up and takes their guy.

As for Wooten.

#1: How much af a "steal" is he if you could have used that pick on an offensive lineman that could have helped you now? First and foremost the protection of your franchise QB should be the Bear's number 1 priority.
#2: If he was truly a 1st round talent that slipped to the 4th as everyone says, why can't he beat out Anderson who hasn't done squat since 2006?

The other point I made about Wooten and LeFevour was that when the Bears drafted them they were acting like a 12-4/13-3 team. "Drafting luxury" so to speak. They were taking players they really didn't need when their needs were so pressing in other areas and they had limited resources to begin with.

It's a good debate though.

Well, Gearhead, the argument you're making against Corey goes to the whole drafting a position of need versus quality pick deal. I know GMs flap that line around a lot, but sometimes it is true. I've seen quite a bit of NU games up here and believe me Wooten was 1st or 2nd round material before blowing his knee out. Then he played 09 with the knee still banged up, which was obvious, but his play came around a lot towards the end of the year and every scout agreed his explosiveness had returned by the combine.

I think he is just now in the timeframe expected for a full recovery, what does it say that he performed at a high level (albeit pedestrian at the NFL level) on a bad leg? And we don't need him to play a snap this year as long as he is ready by 2011. I definitely see your point about what the Bears SHOULD be drafting, but this is one pick I might have reached for myself. 4 years from now I hope you are in agreement.

I won't spend a minute defending a guy I routinely badmouth like JA, and you're right about how the draft day went down. I mean, I couldn't agree more as far as LeFevour and basically 90% of his picks. My point was its in the past and we have Major now, and I won't judge him for how he got here. And more to the point, I like what I've seen since he came to camp, but obviously we have to see it on the field to believe it. I haven't seen a lot of Burnett either tho, although admittedly I don't watch GB blowouts. I guess I would argue that its too soon to tell if either are up to NFL standards. Let's just agree he's better than Craig Steltz or Al Afalava

ChiD

Agreed on the Steltz/Afalava thing. Look, I hope Major Wright becomes an all-pro. I eat, sleep, breathe Chicago Bears. And I came out of my mothers womb hating the packers and vikings, but with that NFL Season Ticket package, and my abhorence for commercials, I do flip over during commercials and watch teams from the division. And from everything I have read and seeing him briefly, they think he's a steal.

I am worried that Wright is going to be another Mike Brown or Bob Sanders and as great as Sanders is, they are wearing thin on him being there 40% of the time. The difference being that they have drafted other safeties who seem to step in and do well. And BTW, wasn't Antoine Bethea a restricted FA this past year and would have only cost the Bears a 2nd?

It's way too early to make any predictios pro or con regarding Wright's career or lack of same.How he develops the rest of this year and next year will suggest how good he may or may not be.

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