According to The Washington Times, Redskins guard Randy Thomas kept a big secret last season.
Thomas, who started every game in 2008, played with a herniated disk in his neck for half of the season. Doctors told Thomas he could end up paralyzed if he was tackled the wrong way during the Redskins’ final stretch, but the 10-year NFL veteran insisted on delaying surgery until the season was over, he told The Times:
- “It could have really ruined my life, but I never regret what I do. I was like, ‘This is what I need to do. This is something we can take care of after the season.’ We were trying to make the playoffs, and I felt like I could go. I was taking a chance, but football does that to you. I risked a lot. Any hit could have done it, but you get that competitive drive and you don’t worry about the consequences.”
Thomas finally had surgery, which involved replacing the herniated disk with a metal plate and screws, in January. Doctors cleared him to begin working out again last month, according to The Times:
- “They said my neck’s stronger than it was before. My whole left side just woke up. My numbness went away. I don’t have headaches anymore. My hands aren’t a little shaky anymore. I see a big-time change. It’s like I was dipped in something new.”