On Sept. 27, 2009, St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger grimaced in pain as medical staff examined his shoulder on the sidelines. The diagnosis came a day later: Bulger had bruised -- but not torn -- the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.
That's the same diagnosis reportedly given to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, according to the latest of a flurry of reports that emerged Monday after Brees appeared to injure his right shoulder in Sunday's loss.
The good news for Brees and the Saints is that Bulger missed only one game. He returned to action two weeks after suffering the injury and played the rest of the season.
The story said Bulger was the only NFL quarterback who could be found in media reports over the last 15 years to have suffered what was described as a bruised rotator cuff. The story also added Brees could be back quick but these injuries often vary a lot. The reports on Brees continue to come in and all vary seriousness. Owners of Brees may want to put a backup plan in place just in case.
After 11 NFL seasons, including two in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl, former St. Louis Rams and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Marc Bulger said he is retiring.
The 34-year-old Bulger could have continued playing this season and had opportunities to do so. There was interest in him from several teams, including Arizona, before the Cardinals traded for Kevin Kolb. But after mulling over his options, Bulger felt the best scenario was to retire.
This comes as a surprise considering the state of a few QB situations out there, but Bulger apparently didn't get an offer that he liked, so he's going to hang 'em up.
Kurt Warner pointed out that Marc Bulger “got beat up pretty good” as the starter in St. Louis, and that it wouldn’t surprise Warner to learn that Bulger is “happy” as a backup, and that “he can just enjoy life and not have to worry about the pressure of being an NFL starter and everything that goes with it.” Again, Warner was careful not to phrase his assessment as criticism, and Warner said he thinks that Bulger would want to start again if he finds the right situation.
The Ravens have several pending unrestricted free agents.
That includes wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte' Stallworth, offensive tackles Marshal Yanda and Jared Gaither, offensive guards Chris Chester and Tony Moll, fullback Le'Ron McClain, backup quarterback Marc Bulger, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, cornerbacks Chris Carrand Fabian Washington and strong safety Dawan Landry, kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Sam Koch.
Plus, running back Willis McGahee is unlikely to be back unless he takes a drastic pay cut from his scheduled base salary of $6 million for next season under his seven-year, $40.12 million contract that has three remaining years with $19.7 million left on his contract.
Meanwhile, McClain remains frustrated that he didn't get more involved in the offense beyond blocking.