I keep reading allusions to some kind of shoulder injury that is preventing Justin King from playing at 100%. This could explain a lot, were it to be true. Supposedly, he is to have surgery after the end of the season. Does anybody know if this is real?
If it is, it begs the question of whether he should be out there playing each week with this handicap. Wouldn’t 100% of Perretta or Timmons be better than 50% of King? (I realize that Perretta is a shrimp, but even so…) King is clearly tentative about tackling and seems impeded in other ways. Opposing offenses have been successfully going right at him.
Furthermore, doesn’t playing with this mystery injury increase his chances of exacerbating the injury? Or is he so intent on entering the NFL Draft that he’s willing to cut off his nose to spite his face to do it? And given the number of mistakes he’s made on the field this year, why would he want to keep showing NFL scouts that view of him?
Joe Paterno, in his press conference today, acted as if there was nothing wrong with King. I would expect him to stonewall it, so this doesn’t mean it ain’t so. King himself was made available to the press under the proviso that no questions about the NFL future be asked. He also said he has been playing well and that there are things people don’t understand about zone defenses.
I know that someone out there knows the answers. If you don’t, then make some up. This is a pigskin blog, so you don’t necessarily have to know what you’re talking about to appear erudite. (Just kidding—if the rumor is untrue, let us quash it!)