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Bernie: Faulk may have more surgery and go on IR
Faulk might spend season doing TV job
By Bernie Miklasz
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
More mixed signals on Marshall Faulk's future.
Will he retire?
We wouldn't think so, based on Faulk's most recent statement. On SI.com, Faulk was quoted as saying "I'm playing" by longtime confidant Mike Silver, the Sports Illustrated football writer.
But that doesn't mean Faulk will suit up for the Rams in 2006.
Faulk is 33 and has bad knees that aren't getting better.
A source in the Rams front office tells me there's a good possibility Faulk will have another round of knee surgery in the near future.
And if Faulk has the surgery, the Rams would most likely place him on injured reserve for the 2006 season - meaning that he'd sit out the year, with full pay.
This would be a nice arrangement for Faulk. Faulk's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, has lined up a television job for Faulk. Faulk would be reunited with his former head coach, Dick Vermeil, as an analyst for the NFL Network. And that comes directly from Vermeil, who told Randy Karraker of KSLG (1380 AM) that he'd be working with Faulk in the NFL Network studios.
So if Faulk has the surgery and goes on IR, he'd benefit in three ways: He'll receive his full salary from the Rams; he'd be free to work in television; and he'd have the option for returning to the field in 2007. After taking a year off to let the knees rest and heal, perhaps Faulk will feel like giving football another try.
Re: Bernie: Faulk may have more surgery and go on IR
If Faulk has issues with the knees that require surgery, and if both he and his doctor are 100% confident that the surgery would be successful, this might not be a bad arrangement. A year of rest and rehab for the knees would mean a lot of difference in how Faulk performs. If this is one of those 'maybe it might work' ideas....then no. Faulk does not deserve to end his career on IR.
Has there been another player who has been in a similar situation that came back and succeeded at age 34?