Tate Injury Could Sideline Him

The shoulder of Robert Tate has been bothering him all season and Monday VU learned it might keep him on the shelf vs. New Orleans and maybe beyond.

Football is a violent game and, to be effective, you have to do some hitting.

Hitting has never been a problem for Robert Tate, but the pain associated with hitting is becoming one, as he battles through a painful nerve injury in his right shoulder that may result in him being forced to the sideline this week.

The injury, which he first sustained against the Colts in the preseason, has been bothering him all year and, every time he shows signs of improvement, the injury flares up again. The injury manifests itself by swelling the nerve to the deltoid muscle and making it so the muscle doesn't function.

VU was told the only way such an injury will heal is to get rest. Tate is already wearing a specially designed pad, but, when contact is made, the injury will continue to flare up, so not only is he expected to possibly be held out vs. New Orleans, but this injury could plague him the rest of the year -- something an inexperienced secondary doesn't need.

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