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.

32 responses to “Tully Banta-Cain out 4-5 weeks after abdominal surgery

  1. 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”.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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???!!!

  5. 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!)

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
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    Whatever. I’m glad the players on my team are more concerned with improving their game than getting a few booboos in the offseason.

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  12. 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).

  13. 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.”

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    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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
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    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.

  16. 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

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

  18. 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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