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Slauson: Shoulder injury was a serious one

Matt Slauson addresses the media prior to cleaning

Matt Slauson addresses the media prior to cleaning out his locker. (Jan. 2, 2012) (Credit: Errol Anderson)

Matt Slauson's left shoulder damage was worse than he initially thought.

Speaking to reporters at MetLife Stadium at an event promoting Wrestlemania 29 today, the left guard said he had surgery to repair a torn labrum, a torn rotator cuff and a torn biceps after the season. Slauson said he actually injured himself in 2010 against the Patriots, but managed to fight through it for the entire 2011 campaign. 

"I knew something was wrong," Slauson told reporters, "but I was like, OK, I'll keep on playing as long as I can play.' And I was able to get through it all. I just thought maybe I sprained something in there, that maybe I got a little tear in my labrum. But that really wasn’t a big deal. The fact that I could still play and still lift [weights] -- kind of -- I didn’t think it was a big deal."

“Once the season was over and we took a look at it, we saw it was a little more more serious than we thought it was.’’

Slauson said the expected recovery timetable is between 5 to 6 months, meaning he won't be able to do a whole lot when the Organized Team Activities begin in April. However, he said he should be ready when training camp rolls around in August.

"I felt like I had a fairly successful year personally with it," he said. "So I'm really excited about next year without having pain."

Tags: Matt Slauson , Wrestlemania , MetLife Stadium , surgery , offseason news

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