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Baldwin has cracked thumb, not broken wrist

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When we first caught wind, via Nick Wright of 610 Sports, that Chiefs rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin missed practice Wednesday due to some sort of an unusual issue, Baldwin’s agent, Rick Smith, said there was nothing to it.

“I guess the guy was bored,” Smith said via text.

Smith likely isn’t bored now as he deals with the aftermath of a guy who was regarded as another pass-catching problem child getting injured in a fight with veteran running back Thomas Jones, a man who commands respect and admiration in the locker room for his work ethic and dedication.

Kevin Kietzman of 810 WHB in Kansas City reports that Baldwin actually has a cracked thumb, not a broken wrist.  Kietzman also reports that the trouble started a day before the Jones-Baldwin fight, when Baldwin got into a heated exchange with running back Jamaal Charles.

The problem apparently is Baldwin; Kietzman reports that “[s]ome vets indicate they can’t stand Baldwin’s sense of entitlement.”

That’s bad news for Baldwin and for the Chiefs, who presumably concluded that Baldwin’s character concerns weren’t truly cause for concern, even though Mike Mayock said that Baldwin has a “well-earned reputation as a diva.”  Baldwin adopted a far more sheepish posture in the weeks preceding the draft, as evidenced by his visit to PFT Live.

The steep reduction in pay for first-round draft picks was supposed to undercut the sense of entitlement.  We can only imagine how badly Baldwin may have been behaving if the rookie wage scale hadn’t been adopted.

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14 Responses to “Baldwin has cracked thumb, not broken wrist”
  1. sc5000 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:21 PM

    Are you sure he doesn’t have a cracked skull?

  2. kcflake says: Aug 19, 2011 10:24 PM

    hey jon baldwin, am a loyal and die hard chiefs fan. you need to man up and grow up. you are no better than any other chief. you may be awesome one day but it takes hard work. respect your coaches and teammates. you should be proud to be a chief and not an embarrassment. they thought enough of you to take you in the first round. why don’t you take this as a lesson and learn from it. also, you might not want to fight thomas jones. he is big dude. sincerely, a loyal chiefs fan who is rooting for you

  3. iflounder says: Aug 19, 2011 10:30 PM

    in news that sets us back as humanity jonathan baldwin broke his hand fighting a teammate. in news that sets us forward as humanity jason baldwin was released after serving close to 20 years for a crimes he didn’t commit.

  4. wryly1 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:40 PM

    Only thing worse than being a diva, is being a diva who hasn’t done jack$h!t in the NFL.

  5. godofwine330 says: Aug 19, 2011 11:21 PM

    I remember being mad that he didn’t slip to the second round so that my Browns could draft him. I drafted him on my Madden Franchise and he was pretty damned good. Now i am glad my Browns didn’t select him.

  6. elmoron says: Aug 19, 2011 11:25 PM

    Cracked thumb. Considering the opponent, he got off easy.

  7. hedleykow says: Aug 19, 2011 11:35 PM

    I only wish Shaun Smith was still a Chief. Baldwin’s ass whoopin’ by Thomas Jones, followed up by having his nuts torqued half way off by Shuan Smith would have made for an even better story.

  8. kcflake says: Aug 19, 2011 11:39 PM

    well said wryly1

  9. seanx40 says: Aug 19, 2011 11:45 PM

    So, fighting with Jones and Charles? Do either of those two men look like someone you want to fight?

  10. hanktheking says: Aug 20, 2011 12:50 AM

    Put him right next to Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant on the “who cares” list.

  11. polishkingski says: Aug 20, 2011 1:41 AM

    pioli, ravioli, stromboli….mmmmmmmmmmmm.

  12. boneyardbuc says: Aug 20, 2011 2:27 AM

    You don’t go to a franchise and pick a fight with two of the key cogs of their offense.

    This kid obviously doesn’t get it.

  13. kimnem says: Aug 20, 2011 8:33 AM

    I’m thinking practice squad for his ass we can make it without a spoiled rotten receiver!

  14. jredshoes says: Aug 20, 2011 9:08 AM

    Now if only Thomas Jones would kick Todd Haleys ass…,,

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