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    Bears’ Tinoisamoa out for season
    3 hours, 1 minute ago

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP)—Chicago Bears strongside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa needs season-ending surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee.

    Coach Lovie Smith said Tinoisamoa was “just disappointed” that he never got to show what he could do for the Bears after signing a one-year deal in May.

    He was carted from the sideline during last week’s 21-14 loss at Atlanta after injuring the knee for the second time this season. He had just returned after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in the season opener at Green Bay.

    The Bears have been hit hard by injuries, particularly at linebacker. They lost six-time Pro Bowl pick Brian Urlacher(notes) for the season after he dislocated his right wrist against the Packers. Hunter Hillenmeyer(notes) practiced Wednesday for the first time since he injured ribs at Seattle on Sept. 27.

  • #2
    Re: Bears' Tinoisamoa Out For Season

    Very sorry to see pisa get hurt, always sad to see a good ram go down.


    • #3
      Re: Bears' Tinoisamoa Out For Season

      THis was bound to happen, one of the decent moves made by the front office. This guy was a accident waiting to happen.
      Pisa The "Sicknote" Tinoisamoa.
      Last edited by GroundDog39; -10-28-2009, 07:59 AM.


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      • evil disco man
        Bears, Tinoisamoa agree to terms
        by evil disco man
        By Brad Biggs
        Chicago Sun-Times

        Lovie Smith has a lot of faith in the play caller for his defense this season and the unit just added another part as linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa agreed to terms with the Bears on a one-year deal.

        It's the biggest news on a busy Friday at Halas Hall when the team announced defensive lineman Israel Idonije has signed a two-year extension and seven of the team's nine draft picks have come to terms on four-year contracts.

        While most of the focus this offseason has been on Jay Cutler and the revamped offense, the Bears will need to make significant strides on defense to compete in the NFC and Tinoisamoa could provide a boost in that regard. He's expected to be the frontrunner for the starting job on the strong side where Nick Roach and Hunter Hillenmeyer were expected to compete for the spot.

        Tinoisamoa visited Halas Hall on May 20 and seemed at ease chatting with players and coaches alike on the field during an OTA practice. He passed a physical that day. He visited New England on Tuesday but the Patriots quickly moved to sign another linebakcer, Paris Lenon. There had been talk of a visit to Philadelphia but that never materialized and contract talks ramped up today.

        He led St. Louis in tackles in four of the last six season, including during his rookie year in 2003 when he played for Smith and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Bob Babich. He's expected to be a two-down linebacker for the Bears, which last season meant being on the field about 63 percent of the time. Tinoisamoa chose the Bears over the Buffalo Bills, who he visited first after his release from St. Louis on May 8. Tinoisamoa had a relationship there as he knew Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell from his time in St. Louis.

        If Tinoisamoa can improve the Bears against the run so the defense doesn't have to stack the line of scrimmage with as many eight-man fronts, his addition will be a success. The Bears were solid vs. the run last season but often times compromised the pass defense to stop it. When they didn't stack the box, they were overrun at times, like the 37-3 loss at Green Bay when the Packers rushed for 200 yards.

        It's unknown how his addition will impact the rest of the roster. The Bears are expected to keep six linebackers on the 53-man roster or seven if they find a compelling reason to help special teams. Roach would figure to become a central figure for Dave Toub's special teams unit. FIfth-round pick Marcus Freeman is expected to make the team. That's five linebackers with the inclusion of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, and that puts Hillenmeyer in a battle to make the team. He is due to earn $1.5 million this season and is still recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia. He will need to be healthy in time for training camp to prove his value as a reserve at multiple positions. Jamar Williams and Joey LaRocque...
        -05-29-2009, 02:33 PM
      • nvanprooyen
        Pisa Tinoisamoa
        by nvanprooyen
        Hey, Bears fan here.

        What can you guys tell me about him? Been looking around for video on him and haven't been able to find much.
        -05-30-2009, 09:56 AM
      • tomahawk247
        Pisa broke his right hand
        by tomahawk247
        Pisa has broken his right hand now, he did it in the game against the bears last night.

        This means he has now broken both hands this season, as well as injuring his shoulder.

        Since we just gave the guy a contract extension, do you think clanram could invest in some kind of exoskeleton for pisa to wear. It would be great to see Pisa play a full season without any injuries at all.
        -12-12-2006, 01:23 AM
      • RamWraith
        Pisa to IR?
        by RamWraith
        Often-injured linebacker likely to go on IR
        Associated Press

        ST. LOUIS (AP) - The latest injury to St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, a broken right hand nearly identical to a break on his left hand, is likely to land him on injured reserve.

        The Rams kept Tinoisamoa in the lineup despite assorted other ailments, including a dislocated left elbow that reduced him to one-armed tackling, until he was hurt again on Mondahy night against the Chicago Bears.

        "Now he's in a position where it's really going to be difficult," coach Scott Linehan said Tuesday. "We're evaluating the likelihood of him being back this season.

        "Nothing's been made official but there's a good chance by tomorrow we'll make that decision."

        Tinoisamoa, a second-round pick in 2003, led the Rams in tackles each of his first three seasons. He's played hurt this year since sustaining the elbow injury in the second game.

        "I talked to Pisa and I said 'Maybe just get it out of your system,"' Linehan said. "It's just bad fortune. He plays all-out, and holds nothing back."

        Dexter Coakley, the likely replacement, got two starts in the middle of the season while Tinoisamoa was sidelined. Linehan said Raonall Smith is another possibility.

        Another linebacker, special teams leader Isaiah Kacyvenski, could return after missing two games with his second concussion of the season.

        "He looks like he's himself and about ready to get back on the field, so he has a real good shot at being out there this week," Linehan said.

        Defensive end Leonard Little, sidelined in the fourth quarter Monday by breathing difficulties after taking a blow to the throat, underwent a CT scan Tuesday that revealed no problems. Linehan said the other defensive end, rookie Victor Adeyanju, will be questionable this week in his second attempt to return from a broken forearm. Adeyanju abandoned his effort to return after missing only game late last week.
        -12-13-2006, 04:46 AM
      • RamWraith
        Rams Notebook: Tinoisamoa fractures right hand
        by RamWraith
        By Jim Thomas

        Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is down to no healthy arms. First came a dislocated left elbow. Then a broken left hand. Next was a sprained right shoulder. And on Monday, midway through the first quarter against Chicago, Tinoisamoa suffered a fractured right hand.

        "It's really a similar fracture to the one in his other hand," coach Scott Linehan said. "I think it might even be the same bone. I don't know what the odds of that happening are."

        Tinoisamoa was replaced by veteran Dexter Coakley at outside linebacker against the Bears. Tinoisamoa did not return.

        Tinoisamoa's string of injuries began with the elbow injury in Week 2 at San Francisco. Interestingly, Monday's game against Chicago marked the first time since that injury that Tinoisamoa did not have the elbow wrapped or fitted for a brace.

        Coakley made what appeared to be a momentum-changing play when he and defensive end Leonard Little converged on Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter. Coakley jarred the ball loose and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe recovered for the Rams at the Bears' 28 with 1:39 to play in the half.

        Coaches cannot make instant replay challenges in the final 2 minutes of each half, but a booth review ruled the play an incomplete pass and Chicago maintained possession.

        Injury update

        The Rams' best pass rusher, Little, left the game for good in the second half after absorbing a blow to his throat.

        "He tried to go, but his throat started to swell," Linehan said. "I really can't tell you what the prognosis is right now."

        Bears offensive tackle John Tait left the game on Chicago's second offensive series with an ankle injury but returned later in the half.

        Bruce moves up

        Wide receiver Isaac Bruce moved up to the No. 8 spot on the NFL's career list for reception yards. Bruce passed Hall of Famer Steve Largent with a 24-yard catch in the second quarter. That reception gave Bruce 13,098 yards; Largent had 13,089.

        Vasher is inactive

        Cornerback Nathan Vasher (hamstring) was among the pregame inactives for Chicago, meaning three Bears defenders who played in the Pro Bowl last season were out with injuries. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris may miss the rest of the season with a severe hamstring injury, and strong safety Mike Brown is on injured reserve with a foot injury.

        The Bears were down to their third strong safety Monday because Brown's replacement, Todd Johnson, was a pregame scratch with a sprained ankle.

        Adeyanju sits

        As expected, DE Victor Adeyanju was a pregame inactive with a fractured forearm. Adeyanju had hoped to play against the Bears, his...
        -12-12-2006, 04:35 AM