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Ummm, Ouch: Brian Price's Hamstring Is Scary

When we heard earlier this week that Brian Price was healthy and would play this weekend against the Vikings, I had no idea how extensive his offseason surgery had been. But wow, this sort of thing is cringe-inducing:

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Price underwent two rare and radical surgeries - one on each side of his pelvis - to correct his problem. Those involved using two metal screws per side to anchor a large piece of bone back to the pelvis. That piece of bone, on each side, is where the hamstrings attach.

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According to Buccaneers trainer Todd Toriscelli, whereas the two pieces of the pelvis normally fuse into a single bone in adults, the halves of Price's pelvis were connected by a more breakable cartilage. The player's hamstrings - tight as piano wire - were progressively pulling apart his pelvis.

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Well then. Color me impressed that Price is already back on the field, and that he's ready to gear up this weekend against the Vikings. That doesn't sound like an easy injury to come back from, and if his hamstring gave him issues in Week One, this might be an on-going problem for him all season.

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