Mon Aug 10 04:24pm EDT
Peter King, winner of the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Professional Football Writers of America, passed along an interesting and odd little note in his Monday Morning Quarterback column today. Remember the Bernard Pollard hit that put Tom Brady out for the season last year?
Cassel, of course, took Brady's place last year, and parlayed that season into a huge contract from the Chiefs. The Chiefs also happen to be Pollard's employer. From King, here's how the eerily similar incident unfolded at practice last Wednesday:
[...] Pollard thought he was going to be blocked by a running back last year against New England, got low to take on the block, wasn't blocked, and fell into Brady. Now, he thought he was going to be blocked by a running back, got low, wasn't blocked, and stumbled and tried to avoid hitting Cassel, yelling at the last moment, "Move!" It was too late. He fell hard and rolled into Cassel's left leg.
I caught Pollard after lunch on campus. His eyes got wide when I asked him about the play. "I got to the sidelines after that play," Pollard said, "and I realized what happened, and I thought, -- OH MY GOD! It's like a replay.''
Cassel's fine. However, there was no immediate word on the status of Tyler Thigpen(notes), who might be heartbroken at the close call. He was last seen speaking to the team's defensive coaching staff, suggesting that they blitz Pollard on every play during every practice.
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