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Tully Banta-Cain out 4-5 weeks after abdominal surgery

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The Patriots’ apparent need at outside linebacker grew a little more apparent Sunday.

Shalize Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, who has led the team in sacks the last two years, underwent surgery Friday for an abdominal strain. He’s expected to miss roughly 4-5 weeks.

Banta-Cain aggravated a previous injury during player-only workouts.  Despite his solid stats the last two years, the Patriots could consider placing him on the reserve/PUP list for the open of the season if they don’t think he’ll truly be ready in Week One.

This is the second injury that we’ve recently heard that occurred during this offseason, following the news on Lions tackle Jeff Backus.

We won’t be surprised if more significant injuries are learned about in the coming days as teams and media begin to catch up players they mostly haven’t talked to this offseason.

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32 Responses to “Tully Banta-Cain out 4-5 weeks after abdominal surgery”
  1. ishallcomment says: Jul 24, 2011 7:45 PM

    would’nt this be the third injury?

    i could’a swore Crabtree hurt his foot.

  2. seabreezes51 says: Jul 24, 2011 7:46 PM

    There will be a rash of “injuries” that really occurred in off season workouts that will suddenly happen next week.

  3. hobartbaker says: Jul 24, 2011 7:50 PM

    Too bad it’s not a rare affliction. They could name it Banta-Cain Syndrome. Which would certainly get those suffering from it a lot more respect that an “abdominal sprain”.

  4. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 24, 2011 7:53 PM

    oh no were so gonna miss his 5.5 sacks

  5. mjs2012 says: Jul 24, 2011 7:56 PM

    Ironic that Teddy Brusci, former NE LB, chastised Green Bay for not having these workouts. Looks like McCarthy was correct in telling Rodgers not to organize any because the risks outweighed the rewards.

  6. goodguyjohn says: Jul 24, 2011 7:57 PM

    Tully Banta Cain is the undisputed king of the half sack. As in .5

    One of the softest players in NFL history. If you doubt me watch some film of the 2007 Niners

  7. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Jul 24, 2011 8:01 PM

    Well maybe this will end of being a good thing for the patriots , they might actually go pick up a good pass rusher now , and get tully back early as well . Doubtful though .

  8. commandercornpone says: Jul 24, 2011 8:01 PM

    man, he ought to put some bantacain on that.

  9. insider7 says: Jul 24, 2011 8:13 PM

    This jack ass was told by the team to have surgery at the end of last season, in January – half a year ago!! And he does this now???!!!

  10. illyistic1 says: Jul 24, 2011 8:22 PM

    just glad to be talking actual football instead of labor issues!!

  11. shawnleblancpatsfan says: Jul 24, 2011 8:27 PM

    If the Pats weren’t going to go out and sign someone in the free agency they need to do so now… I know Banta-Cain is not an elite pass rusher but he’s one of the most legitimate pass rushers that the Pats have (very scary thought I know!)

  12. jimmysee says: Jul 24, 2011 8:35 PM

    “Banta-Cain aggravated a previous injury during player-only workouts.”

    This is why player-organized workouts were a bad idea.

  13. granadafan says: Jul 24, 2011 8:41 PM

    Did he sneeze too hard?

  14. ctiggs says: Jul 24, 2011 9:12 PM

    Pats are catching a break, he has an actually excuse this time. He might as well been out 16 weeks, when he was with my 49ers.

  15. sschmiggles says: Jul 24, 2011 9:15 PM

    mjs2012 says:
    Jul 24, 2011 7:56 PM
    Ironic that Teddy Brusci, former NE LB, chastised Green Bay for not having these workouts. Looks like McCarthy was correct in telling Rodgers not to organize any because the risks outweighed the rewards.
    ______________________________

    Whatever. I’m glad the players on my team are more concerned with improving their game than getting a few booboos in the offseason.

  16. deadeye says: Jul 24, 2011 9:47 PM

    Tully Banta-Cain
    player workout tragedy
    tummy surgery

  17. jpak12 says: Jul 24, 2011 10:07 PM

    Lots of rumors that he was gonna be cut anyway… too high of a cap hit too little production. Might aswell let young players like Cunningham and Ninkovich develop.

  18. axlviking says: Jul 24, 2011 10:16 PM

    How ’bout grabbing that undrafted kid out of Boston College? Now that would be a great story.

  19. rcali says: Jul 24, 2011 10:16 PM

    Maybe it’s best that they don’t have any contact during training camp if guys can’t make it through their own sessions.

  20. granadafan says: Jul 24, 2011 10:56 PM

    “jimmysee says:
    Jul 24, 2011 8:35 PM
    This is why player-organized workouts were a bad idea.”

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    Right, because injuries NEVER occur in team organized OTAs. Let’s not be ignorant here.

  21. bcgreg says: Jul 24, 2011 11:06 PM

    According to Tom E Curran on tonights Sports Sunday on ComcastSportsNet up here in Boston, TBC suffered this injury DURING last season. The problem is not that he’s injured but that he should have had the surgery in February like Brady and Ron Brace did so that he’d be ready to go once the lockout ended. There was no need to wait on the surgery. This is a case of “what were you thinking”? He should have never been participating in those team workouts for the same reason Leigh Bodden didn’t (ie he didn’t want to aggravate his recovery from surgery).

  22. bcgreg says: Jul 24, 2011 11:07 PM

    SIGN MARK HERZLICH!

  23. jimmysee says: Jul 24, 2011 11:45 PM

    granadafan says:
    Jul 24, 2011 10:56 PM

    “jimmysee says:
    Jul 24, 2011 8:35 PM

    This is why player-organized workouts were a bad idea.”

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    Right, because injuries NEVER occur in team organized OTAs. Let’s not be ignorant here.

    That’s a very narrow view — at training camp and during team practices, players have taken and passed physicals *before* they’re permitted on the field — and there is a full medical staff and trainers on site.

    None of that was part of these player organized sessions. More like pick-up games.

    Worthless and dangerous in my view.

  24. huskersrock1 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:07 AM

    Poor Tully!

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AdSVwVa8EZs/SP0kfmPqbWI/AAAAAAAACFU/sDy9CG7gXw4/s400/10-19-08+054.jpg

  25. polegojim says: Jul 25, 2011 12:13 AM

    Sounds like a lot of 49er sour grapes! Let’s hope Harbaugh will cure what ails you. A little Michigan Magic on the West Coast sidelines.

    I agree with others though – why wait unit NOW??? Take care of business at the right time.

    I don’t blame the workouts – these guys know how to work out. I blame the entire mess for not having sufficient medical oversight for months.

  26. theysone says: Jul 25, 2011 12:18 AM

    Must’ve hurt himself trying to do his useless spin move. As mentioned earlier, see film from his time with the 49ers.

  27. CKL says: Jul 25, 2011 12:45 AM

    goodguyjohn says:
    Jul 24, 2011 7:57 PM
    Tully Banta Cain is the undisputed king of the half sack. As in .5

    One of the softest players in NFL history. If you doubt me watch some film of the 2007 Niners
    _________________________________
    Dude you don’t have to convince me, I’ve seen him in both his stints in NE. Never liked the guy as a player. He has a knack for doing the wrong thing at the worst possible time too. I hate sounding so mean because he’s probably a good dude and all but I rolled my eyes when they re-signed him. Not as much as I did with Mr. Oxycontin (Kaczur) but still.

  28. patsandsox says: Jul 25, 2011 8:56 AM

    As it was reported it happened towareds the end of last season and team doctors advised surgery. He chose physical therapy. Looks like he should have had the surgery. Either way it should be healed in time for real games.

    But they should sign MARK HERZLICH

  29. thewizardsrevenge says: Jul 25, 2011 9:15 AM

    Banta-Cain is to the Patriots as East Mazeppa, Pa is to the country’s favorite vacation hotspots.

  30. homelanddefense says: Jul 25, 2011 9:37 AM

    Mike Wright had more sacks than Banta-Cain did last season, so he actually hasnt led the team in sacks the past two seasons….

  31. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 25, 2011 9:41 AM

    TBC lead the team in sacks last year? That’s unbelievably depressing.

  32. ytsejamer1 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:13 AM

    and Mike Wright missed half the season… pass rush blew chunks. TBC becomes invisible against capable offensive linemen. He makes hay against the likes of Buffalo and a rundown Pittsburgh.

    I don’t care how many good corners we (may) have…they can’t cover for 15 seconds.

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