On Day 1 of rookie camp, I had a chance to speak with Chris Polk about his shoulder injury. Here’s what I wrote in my post-practice recap:
Chris Polk talked about his shoulder after practice. His shoulder, of course, caused him to go undrafted despite rushing for 2903 yards and 21 TDs his last two years at Washington. (It’s his left shoulder, by the way). He injured it as a sophomore and played with pain while rushing for the impressive numbers noted above. Polk said it does not affect his ability to hang onto to the football, nor does it affect his ability to pass block. He said the only time it can become an issue is if he extends it wide out to his side. As I’ve noted before, Polk was not impressive at the Senior Bowl in comparison to other scatty backs like Isaiah Pead of Cincinnati, nor did he stand out in OTAs and minicamp. However, he’s a banger. He runs hard, breaks tackles, and as he said after practice, he prefers to run over someone instead of around them. A more fair judgment will be made of Polk when they put on the pads.
The pads go on tomorrow, by the way. Anyway, Polk was nice enough to humor me, as he modeled his shoulder for me, noting what hurts and what doesn’t:
1) Cradling the football, real or invisible: No ouchies
2) Pass protection, or strangling people: No ouchies
3) Going up to catch a high pass, or celebrating a teammate’s TD: No ouchies.
4) Leading with his shoulder on a tough run, or trying to pick up ladies at the bar: No ouchies
5) Extending wide for a pass reception, reaching back to stiff arm a defender in pursuit, or preparing for a big hug: Ouchies
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