Cowart has surgery; season really in doubt now

Bills linebacker Sam Cowart underwent surgery to repair his partially torn right Achilles' heel. Cowart was hurt in the Bills' opener vs. the Saints. Gregg Williams said Monday that Cowart's heel was in a cast, but that it wasn't the kind of injury that needed surgery. Now we find out that surgery indeed was needed. What does that mean?

It's almost certain that Cowart will miss the rest of the season, as Jerry Ostroski will. It seems apparent that Bills fans should not measure this year by wins, but more realistically, by how much the team improves through the remaining 14 or 15 games . . .

I really thought the NFL would play this weekend, but their decision totally surprised me. This is a league that does everything it can to maximize profits. I think the players' unwillingness to play was the primary reason. If they were gung-ho about playing, I don't believe the owners would have done much to stop them.

But one thing that gets missed in all this is that football takes extensive preparation to play each week. Clearly, the teams weren't taking the time for preparation since Tuesday morning. And how could anyone work? I can't even write or think clearly. If the games were played, the quality of football would have been horrible. And considering eight teams could only muster field goals in their openers, the quality of the games could certainly use some improving . . .

Do you get as frustrated as me when you're watching press conferences and you hear some public relations/media advisor for the person speaking at the podium yell from offstage, "Last question."? I must have seen that happen a million times during this week's press conferences with government officials. It seems like the people speaking always have somewhere to go and never have time to answer all the questions people have. It's annoying.

Public relations/media advisors/spokespeople are supposed to be in the business of having their people disseminate information, though it looks more like they're in the business of limiting information. I have to laugh at what Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman says about that. He says PR people, media advisors and spokespeople are most concerned with whether the things they say or the things their people say make them look good. And if that if that so happens to coincide with the truth, that's just an added bonus.

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