Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
For those who would like to take a nostalgic trip into the world of "WHAT IF," I've had opportunity to meet with Boselli (not as a formal patient, so no Dr.-patient relationship will be betrayed) since his leaving the Texans. He related that he originally underwent surgery on his right shoulder on October of 2001 to repair a torn labrum and clean out loose particles. He was placed on injured reserve one week later. Already out for the season, Boselli took the opportunity for a "minor" arthroscopic clean up of his left shoulder as well in early Nov of 2001.
Injuries were a major concern when the Texans decided to select Boselli and accept his expensive salary. Two years previously he had also torn his ACL but returned to the starting lineup for the entire 2000 season. He had also had ankle surgery close to within 1 year of that.
When Boselli was left unprotected by Jacksonville, an independent doctor cleared him and believed Boselli would be able to return to action by June 1. That "clearance" was in the beginning of Jan 2002.......He was chosen about 1 week later in the expansion draft. Texans doctors would have examined prior to that time. At that time, he had very little range of motion, still in a significant amount of pain his biceps muscle on that side had essentially disappeared and he was not making expected progress.
In the end of April, he was taken back to surgery for a "minor" arthroscopic surgery to "flush debris from the shoulder." He continued to have problems with pain, weakness, and range of motion. Therefore, the latter part of on June, he underwent his third relatively "minor" surgery to remove scar tissue from the anterior and posterior joint of his left shoulder.
He "looked good" in offseason of 2003..............in shorts and no pads. But when he was finally "cleared" for contact in TC..........he was found to have continued range of motion problems which were not fully appreciate as far as limitations in live fire, severe pain and total intolerance to resistant forces when applied to his left arm...........he then retired........after three "minor" surgeries on his left shoulder...............
I remember hearing that Jacksonville had informed the Texans that they would leave Gary Walker and Seth Payne unprotected in the expansion draft, if the Texans selected Boselli first. IIRC, the Jags were trying to get out from all of their salaries, and probably Boselli's injury.
I've always suspected that the Texans knew they were getting damaged goods, but decided to eat Boselli's contract in order to get Walker and Payne, who were both playing at a high level relative to the other players available from other teams in the draft (outside of Coleman and Glen).