Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Should Have Got That Surgery Done Earlier Boss
Just days after having abdominal surgery, Tully Banta-Cain has been informed that he will be released by the Patriots on Thursday. Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news on Twitter earlier this morning.
The move is not surprising, especially when you consider that Banta-Cain is due to miss training camp, the preseason and perhaps the season opener. This release is clearly due to Banta-Cain's negligence in dealing with his abdominal injury.
As I detailed yesterday on this blog, Banta-Cain and the team doctors agreed that the injury would not require surgery. However, Banta-Cain apparently reinjured his abdomen recently which tells me that he wasn't working out early on in his off-season.
Banta-Cain is currently under contract for both this year and next, so the release has to be because of the surgery. However, the Patriots are now even more desperate for an outside linebacker, as Tully had 15 sacks in the last two seasons. I think Banta-Cain had some sort of commitment issues, which may have led to his departure the first time around.
Of course there's always the chance that he comes back for less money (something the Patriots love to do) but right now, he appears to be done in Foxborough.