Whitehurst Talks About Decision

CLEMSON – For the first time since undergoing the knife to repair some slight damage to his throwing shoulder, Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst discussed the surgery that was supposed to be a secret.

On Thursday, Dr. Larry Bowman performed arthroscopic surgery to clean up a fraying of the posterior lining and repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

"I felt like rest and rehab was going to take three weeks or four weeks and there's a possibility it gets better and there's a possibility it doesn't," Whitehurst said. "It took me about a week to come to this decision, but I can go ahead and have this. I'm going to rest any way, I can rest for two weeks and I can be recovering from surgery, too. It gives me a little higher certainty with helping the problem."

Whitehurst said he would be able to start practice on Dec. 17, when the rest of the team holds its first workout. He is expected to play in the team's bowl game.

The one thing Whitehurst didn't expect was that his surgery would hit the media within 10 hours of having it.

Whitehurst checked into Blue Ridge Orthopedics under an assumed name with the help of Tigers coach Tommy Bowden. The entire ordeal was supposed to be kept under wraps, which is why it was somewhat surprising that Bowden went on a state-wide radio show and revealed the surgery on the same day.

"I was a little surprised," Whitehurst said. "But you kind of expected that it would." He said he doesn't remember what alias he used, but the first name he thought of when asked who he wanted to be was Ron Mexico, which is the name made famous by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who went around trying to pick up women using that name.

Since the fourth game of the season, the senior quarterback has been battling a sore throwing shoulder, which forced him to miss the entire game against Duke late in the season.

It was initially believed that all the quarterback needed to repair his shoulder was old fashion rest. But this was done to go ahead and speed up the healing process, which will ease any issues NFL teams may have had entering the draft.

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