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Chris Rainey's weak shoulder a concern

GAINESVILLE -- I'm no doctor but I have dislocated my shoulder a couple times. It's a bizarre feeling. Imagine actually thinking that your arm might fall off at any second while enduring a pain that can only be described as a hot knife being wedged between the joint connecting your arm to the rest of your body.

Worst of all, if you dislocate your shoulder once or twice, there's a chance it will continue to happen the rest of your life.

After watching UF running back Chris Rainey writhe in pain on Florida Field on Saturday, I'd bet a Heisman that Rainey dislocated his right shoulder when he fell awkwardly during the second half. If so, this is upsetting news for Rainey, who arrived at Florida as damaged goods and had surgery last season to correct his shoulder problems. Florida officials said that Rainey injured his shoulder against LSU but didn't comment on the severity of the injury.

Recovery time for a dislocated shoulder depends on the extent of the injury and the pain tolerance of the player. For Rainey, recovery time might be longer than most.

Rainey, who has a history of dislocating his shoulders, was overused as a high school running back and should have sat out either all or part of his senior year of high school football. Unfortunately, Lakeland High coach Bill Castle didn't see it that way and now Rainey's weak shoulder will be a chronic problem for the remainder of not only his football career at UF but the rest of his life.

Just my opinion, but it might be time for UF's coaches and trainers to make an important decision regarding the long-term health of Rainey's shoulders. Obviously, a bum shoulder for the rest of your life is not a life-threatening injury but chronic pain could permanently alter Rainey's quality of life.

If you think I'm over exaggerating, think again. According to Meyer, Rainey was non-functional last season because of his shoulders. Rainey had his first shoulder surgery before his senior season of high school football and during his senior season Rainey dislocated his shoulder several times and still played. I saw it happen once (2006 state championship game).

How much more damage can Rainey's shoulders take?



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Wow Joe, normally I love reading your stuff. But today's is a bit over the top. Calling a kid "damaged goods" isn't exactly my cup of tea, and the shot Castle makes you look like a St. Thomas Aquinas homer. Especially when we don't even know what happened to him.


I think I read an update on Rainey on the Orlando S. Blog. RB's coached texted that Rainey would be ready to go for UK. We'll see, I'm with you, separated shoulders are a big problem.

Besides Chris Rainey's obviously dislocated shoulder and Tim Tebow's chronic back pain, what other conjecture can you provide about the health of the Gator team? Actually, maybe you can help me. My foot hurt a bit when I got out of bed this morning. Should I go get X-Rays or just have pins surgically inserted now?

Tebow's back WAS sore after Arkansas. Chris Rainey DOES have a history of severe shoulder problems. Whether you want to call it damaged goods or non-functional, Rainey left Lakeland High unable to play football. Rainey was literally writhing in pain against LSU in the second half, surrounded by trainers, and then he popped up like nothing was wrong and walked off the field, favoring his right shoulder. Through personal experience and knowing Rainey's medical history, I suspect the guy dislocated his shoulder. Whether he plays against Kentucky is irrelevant to the fact that Rainey could become increasingly susceptible to shoulder injuries. It's enough to be concerned, all I'm saying.


No need to defend yourself. May have gone a LITTLE over the top, but it is a concern. Luckily we have Demps and Harvin looks to be back to his old self.

You should do a story on Deonte Thompson and his surge to the No. 2 receiver over Louis Murphy and Carl Moore. What has he done right and what have they done wrong. I'm sure people would be interested.


Thanks for the idea but how has Deonte emerged as the Gators' second option at receiver when Louis has more than twice as many receptions and twice as many touchdown? You might be correct on your hunch, but I'll have to wait a few more games to see how the trends play out before writing that story.


I don't get it Jo. These guys think you just fell off of a turnip truck or something. Tebow's back wasn't sore? Rainey doesn't have history of shoulder problems? Deonte #2? Regardless of the fact that you're responsible for the economic crisis Goody, you do spend pretty much every day covering/talking to the the team. I find your posts to be informative as you bring info that I don't get from any other beat writer. That said, Ben Volin of the PB Post is bringing it strong lately. Keep up the excellent work Jo and ignore the conspiracy theorists.

You're embarrassing me Gator fans.


Did you watch the LSU game? (Just messin' with ya.) I didn't see Carl Moore on the field more than once from my recollection. I know Murphy had the 37 yard catch, but Deonte Thompson went out on the first series, had two catches, and I remember seeing him much more than Murphy in that game. Tebow definitley looked his way a few more times but chose other options.

LOL, I meant Joe...

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