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Shawn Springs failed a physical

Although veteran cornerback Shawn Springs says that the New England Patriots’ decision to cut him had nothing to do with his knee injury, reports out today suggest that Springs’ health played a part in his release.

The Boston Herald and ESPN.com both report that Springs failed a physical.

It’s not clear what the reason was for his failed physical, and it’s not clear whether the failed physical is the reason the Patriots cut him. But it surely didn’t help.

In any event, the 35-year-old Springs has been talking about retirement this offseason, and if he can’t pass a physical, retirement may be his only option.

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32 Responses to “Shawn Springs failed a physical”
  1. GBfanForever says: May 19, 2010 12:19 PM

    If he fails a physical, can’t he just get healthier and pass another one later on? I doubt Brady was going to pass a physical 3 or 4 months after he blew his knee out, why didn’t he get cut then? What am I missing here?

  2. Rapistberger says: May 19, 2010 12:28 PM

    GB,
    Equating a franchise QB to a journeyman CB is not the same thing

  3. BP says: May 19, 2010 12:33 PM

    He was a troublemaker. He is gone.

  4. robert ethen says: May 19, 2010 12:34 PM

    Springs was an old abuser from his college days. Maybe he got caught. Once he was tightly coiled, now he is old and broken.

  5. AlphaQ2 says: May 19, 2010 12:37 PM

    Shawn was a very good corner. The rare type that could cover anyone and knock someones block off to boot. That being said he has been injured the last 3 or 4 seasons. At this point it is time to hang em up. HTTR!

  6. BenRapistberger says: May 19, 2010 12:37 PM

    Right on GBfanForever. Because cutting a 35 year old CB who failed a physical after they just used a 1st round draft pick on a CB means they should have cut Tom Brady when he tore his ACL/MCL. Where do these idiots come from?

  7. hardjuge says: May 19, 2010 12:37 PM

    Springs is 35 and isn’t and all-star QB

  8. _ROCKSTAR_ says: May 19, 2010 12:38 PM

    Age.

  9. Nuckinfutz says: May 19, 2010 12:38 PM

    NFL physicals are very subjective things. There is no set standard as to what constitutes a bad knee or ankle. If the team wants you to fail a physical, they can easily find a reason to do so. If the team wants you to pass it, you will pass it. That’s why players fail a physical with one team, then pass it with another, all the time. It’s simply a case of measuring risk vs reward and deciding whether the player is worth the risk.

  10. thedude says: May 19, 2010 12:39 PM

    GBFan – he could get healthy and pass a physical… the difference, and i have no idea how you can’t see it, is that Brady is a super bowl winning, franchise DB, who doesn’t need to run a lot, and springs is a 35 yr old DB, with a bum wheel.

  11. schism says: May 19, 2010 12:39 PM

    Shwan springs is not Brady.

  12. Hap says: May 19, 2010 12:41 PM

    He was good for a while but I think it’s time.

  13. I♥Patriots says: May 19, 2010 12:41 PM

    1. GBfanForever says: May 19, 2010 12:19 PM
    If he fails a physical, can’t he just get healthier and pass another one later on? I doubt Brady was going to pass a physical 3 or 4 months after he blew his knee out, why didn’t he get cut then? What am I missing here?
    ================================
    Brady was on IR. Why would he have to take a physical?
    Springs was probably cut for a number of reasons.
    He is getting old and made of glass.
    The Pats are trying to get younger on defense. The backfield is crowded with young guys now.
    He was due about $2.25 million.

  14. daivos03 says: May 19, 2010 12:49 PM

    Why can’t Shawn Springs play quarterback like Tom Brady, then he would be able to pass his physical?

  15. august says: May 19, 2010 12:49 PM

    Shwan springs is not Brady.
    And DB is not Einstein.

  16. THE OPINION GUY says: May 19, 2010 12:54 PM

    Isn’t his dad still laying in a coma for the past 3 years?

  17. rusH1023 says: May 19, 2010 12:54 PM

    GBfanForever says:
    If he fails a physical, can’t he just get healthier and pass another one later on? I doubt Brady was going to pass a physical 3 or 4 months after he blew his knee out, why didn’t he get cut then? What am I missing here?
    ______________________________________
    The vital piece of information you’re missing here — and I’m willing to bet this can be applied to other parts of your life — is the lack of a functioning cerebral cortex. You seem to have lost yours. Idiot.

  18. sbc2556 says: May 19, 2010 1:02 PM

    The point that’s being missed is that Springs has a history of injuries and missed games going back to his time in Seattle. He is a pro bowl-caliber corner and even the Redskins considered moving him to safety before releasing him due to salary considerations.
    But the point is that just about every veteran in the league can fail a physical exam at any point during the year. Teams make arbitrary decisions around ignoring, delaying, forgoing, delaying physicals depending on the player and the situation.
    Perhaps Springs will retire due to whatever reason, however, if he chooses to play again, he will “pass” whatever team’s physical when the time calls for it, even if it’s the Patriots.

  19. GBfanForever says: May 19, 2010 1:12 PM

    I’m not comparing Springs to Brady, I’m saying failing a physical in May seems like a lame excuse to cut a player when the logic doesn’t apply to other players on a team. I feel like there is a “money owed” aspect to these transactions. My question was rhetorical, maybe some of you have heard of the word?

  20. FreeAgentPro says: May 19, 2010 1:36 PM

    “Springs was an old abuser from his college days. Maybe he got caught. Once he was tightly coiled, now he is old and broken.”
    In Robert Ethen’s view, it’s OK to be a young cheater like Brian Cushing , but not OK to be a crafty if grissled veteran like Springs. He has lots of unsubstantiated accusations about Springs, but is an apologist about the NFL’s cheating evidence about Cushing.

  21. FreeAgentPro says: May 19, 2010 1:43 PM

    There seem to be more than a few posters on this board who prefer name calling over actual discussion. These are the same posters who would run to the mens room to hide if the ‘idiot’ they insulted showed up at the same bar looking for them. Ain’t it just grand to be a RL coward posing as an internet tough guy.

  22. HC says: May 19, 2010 1:46 PM

    Regardless of the real reason(s) for cutting Springs (age, health, salary, attitude, backups expected to contribute to special teams, more playing time to younger players, etc.), I don’t believe there is a ‘money owed’ aspect to the transaction. As I recall a player can be cut for failing a physical with no money owed to him, whereas if a player is cut after passing his physical and has an injury, then he is due an injury settlement.

  23. bonecity7 says: May 19, 2010 1:52 PM

    GB,
    In some people’s minds, the Patriots were extending a courtesy to Springs by waiving him now and citing that it was because he failed a physical. By waiving him now instead of later, they give him a better chance of getting picked up by another team (as opposed to waiting a month or two or three to cut him, when fewer and fewer opportunities might be available to him). By claiming it was due to a failed physical and not a deterioration of skills, they don’t weaken his chances of catching on with someone else. He can sell the “fact” that the Patriots were impatient regarding his recovery…and that he still has something in the tank.

  24. bonecity7 says: May 19, 2010 1:55 PM

    HC says:
    May 19, 2010 1:46 PM
    I recall a player can be cut for failing a physical with no money owed to him
    HC,
    I think that might be only if it is a non-football injury.

  25. GBfanForever says: May 19, 2010 2:03 PM

    @bonecity
    Thank you for an honest answer to an honest question. Football transactions are tricky deals and this type of reason for waiving a player always seemed strange. Thanks for not being the douche nozzle the rest of the patriots fans (well lets be frank, this is typical) commenting here seem to be.

  26. It puts the lotion on the skin says: May 19, 2010 2:03 PM

    In addition to failing a physical, he also failed to cover any player wearing a different color jersey last season….

  27. I♥Patriots says: May 19, 2010 2:07 PM

    # GBfanForever says: May 19, 2010 1:12 PM
    I’m not comparing Springs to Brady, I’m saying failing a physical in May seems like a lame excuse to cut a player when the logic doesn’t apply to other players on a team. I feel like there is a “money owed” aspect to these transactions. My question was rhetorical, maybe some of you have heard of the word?
    ==================================
    Its tough to tell a rhetorical question on the internet. I am so used to people hating on Brady and saying stupid things that it is easy to assume that your comment was some smart-ass remark. Maybe I am a little paranoid.
    I highly doubt that he was cut because of the physical. The Pats may be looking at it from a financial standpoint as well.
    We have Bodden, Butler, McCourty, Wilhite, Wheatley, Arrington, and Bret Lockett at corner, with probably only 5 spots available. Springs was already in jeopardy being released. Couple that with his injury history and age, and I think that is the answer to why he was cut.
    Rumor has it that he was also one of the “bad locker room guys” too. With the emphasis on locker room chemistry this year, a bad attitude alone would have gotten him cut.

  28. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 19, 2010 2:07 PM

    august says:
    May 19, 2010 12:49 PM
    Shwan springs is not Brady.
    _____________
    Well they do both help receivers into the endzone.

  29. FreeAgentPro says: May 19, 2010 2:08 PM

    bonecity, if what you say is true, I doubt Springs would be complaining about it. It seems we wouldn’t be hearing anything publicly from him.

  30. lurch's nyquil says: May 19, 2010 2:17 PM

    Wait a minute…….. You mean the Pats missed on a free agent pick up?!
    Wow, can not wait to see those monkeys flying out of my wifes azz tonight.
    Tom Brady has a mangina.

  31. The Real Shuxion says: May 19, 2010 2:39 PM

    # EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 19, 2010 2:07 PM
    august says:
    May 19, 2010 12:49 PM
    Shwan springs is not Brady.
    _____________
    Well they do both help receivers into the endzone.
    ——————————————————
    That was a freakin riot. Seriously, that was good.

  32. HarrisonHits says: May 19, 2010 7:18 PM

    “I doubt Brady was going to pass a physical 3 or 4 months after he blew his knee out, why didn’t he get cut then?”
    @GBfanForever,
    “What am I missing here?”
    A clue. Equating the situation of a 35 year old almost done corner due to make something like 2.25 million this year to a franchise QB in his prime is not a valid comparison.

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