Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Dec 2009

Bulluck, Thornton Out For Year

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean (through National Football Post) notes that Titans linebackers Keith Bulluck and David Thornton will miss the remainder of the year.

Bulluck suffered a torn ACL in the victory over the Dolphins on Sunday, while Thornton will miss the remainder of the year with a pectoral injury.

At 32, it's going to be hard for Bulluck to return to his previous level of performance after a torn ACL. Matt Lepsis came back from an injury at 32 to make it through 16 more starts, but that was it. Rob Morris tore his ACL at 32 in 2007 and retired. The list of all post-30 ACL tears for linebackers isn't pretty, either, with the majority of guys never seeing another NFL snap. Bulluck will probably make it back, but it's hard to imagine he'll approach his previous levels of performance.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 21 Dec 2009

5 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2009, 4:29pm by jpg30@earthlink.net

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by C (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 6:27pm

But at some point 33, 34, 35 you would expect a decline even with no injury.

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by CoachDave :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 7:02pm

If an "ignore" feature isn't on the "have to do" list for this site, it needs to be.

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by roguerouge :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 8:52pm

That's a little harsh.

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by Tom P (not verified) :: Mon, 12/21/2009 - 9:22pm

I wouldn't mind ignoring condescending comments like CoachDave made. Way to piss in the pond.

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by jpg30@earthlink.net :: Tue, 12/22/2009 - 4:29pm

Isn't honest commentary on injuries one of the reasons we go to FO?

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