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Dr. Andrews' "concerns"

So, now that Monday has come & gone and Robert has officially been named the starter, Shanny is still being a bit coy about Dr. Andrews' "concerns".


Multiple news sources said that Andrews sent a text message saying that he had no concerns. Shanahan stated in the press conference that the good doc DID indeed have concerns, then went on to say that:

1. The doctor had said nothing at about the football strategy of how to use Robert.

2. That the concerns were between doctor & patient.

3. That for the past month there had not been any question -- apart from a 'setback' -- that Robert would be the starter, so it was ridiculous to think that he (Shanny) was simply playing "mind games" with the Eagles.

So where does that leave us in understanding the cryptic remarks about "concerns"?

I think it leaves us with only one reasonable alternative.

The doctor is concerned that Robert needs to be very clear on what will happen if he rips up his knee again. Medical science has come a long way over the past couple of decades in repairing shredded knees, but there is a limit to the ability to keep re-building one.

I suspect that the "concerns" that had to be discussed over the weekend focused on insuring that Robert -- in no uncertain terms -- understood the risk of re-injuring the knee, and what that might mean for both his playing career and his life. I suspect that everyone wanted and needed for Robert to acknowledge that he understands the risks and that he accepts those risks.

That's a doctor-patient thing that the team would be aware of. It warrants sober discussion before announcing a formal starter, and it fits with Shanahan's personality.

Looks like Robert's response was: Bring on the Eagles!

HTTMFR!!

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