The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they placed DT Brian Price on Injured Reserve due to a pelvic fracture. The 6-foot-1, 303-pound, Price had been battling what was initially described as a hamstring injury shortly after the team began participating in training camp practices. The first of the Buccaneers’ two second-round selections (35th overall) in this year’s NFL Draft. While playing for the UCLA Bruins, Price was named Pac- 10 Conference Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and also earned All Pac-10 accolades in 2008 and 2009, as well as All Pac-10 Freshman honors in 2007. He played five games this season, recording six tackles, one tackle for loss and three quarterback pressures.
Two weeks ago the team revealed that Price was battling what was diagnosed as a stress reaction. Which, presumably was a reaction to an acute injury. One could surmise that the hamstring injury Price suffered during the first week of training camp was the precursor to what the team is now describing as a fracture, that will require surgery to place a screw to prevent a full on break in the hip.
Based on an article written by Dr. Jeffrey Rosenberg, MD, Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship about hamstring tendinopathy from repetitive activities such as running and cutting in football players can cause traction injuries such as an avulsion fracture.
An avulsion fracture is a bone fracture which occurs when a fragment of bone tears away from the main mass of bone as a result of physical trauma. This can occur at the ligament due to the application forces external to the body (such as a fall or pull) or at the tendon due to a muscular contraction that is stronger than the forces holding the bone together.
To fill the void left by Price the team will sign DT Al Woods off of the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad reports Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network. Woods entered the league as a fourth round pick of the New Orleans Saints this past April, out of LSU. The 6-foot-4 315-pound Woods is an extremely well built DT who has a thick & muscular build and is aggressive with his hands.