Stefen Wisniewski earned high praise for the ease at which he transitioned from college ball to the pros last season. Some football minds went as far as to say he played like a seasoned vet during his rookie campaign. The New Wiz more than proved himself as much more than a legacy pick. He’s looking like a permanent fixture in the middle of Oakland’s line for the foreseeable future.
Come to find out the most amazing storyline of Wisniewski’s rookie year wasn’t even his stellar play.
Initially it was reported that Wisniewski’s absence from OTAs has been due to a supposed minor shoulder surgery. Yeah, that surgery was anything but minor. The Raiders finally had to fess up and admit they’re going to be without their starting center until the start of camp not only because he’s recovering for surgery but mainly because he’s rehabbing from an injury he played with for his entire rookie season.
Word spread yesterday that Wiz endured playing with a torn labrum all of last season. Even more amazing is that he originally injured his shoulder in camp yet never missed a single game.
Of course his name never made it onto the injury report either.
Keep that in mind next time you’re up early on a Sunday awaiting updates on injuries so you can set your fantasy lineup. Just more proof of how ridiculous it is that teams are required to disclose injuries. Shows you how truly trivial the NFL itself has made certain aspects of the game. This also offers more proof of how brutal a profession football is.
Not many teams would trust a rookie lineman with an injury of this type and not many rookies would soldier through an injury like this either.
The really scary thought is just how good this kid can be at full strength.
So next time you’re watching a game, comfortably on your couch, six IPAs in before halftime. Think of what a typical day at work was like for Young Wiz last year. If he can make it through the work week with a torn muscle then you can shake off that Monday hangover and crawl into the office.