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20061230_073438_Awilson123106_200.jpg Al Wilson former MLB, Denver Broncos

Ex-Bronco Wilson cleared to continue

By The Denver Post

Article Last Updated: 01/09/2008 10:58:21 PM MST

The question of whether Al Wilson will be able to play in the NFL in 2008 has been answered. Now the only query is where.

The former Broncos middle linebacker was cleared by his physician to start working in an NFL program immediately.

Wilson missed the 2007 season after being released by the Broncos in April. He suffered a neck injury in December 2006.

Wilson has been routinely monitored by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, and Wednesday received clearance. Because he is both a free agent and healthy, Wilson can sign with any team.

"Al is training and is ready to play," said his Denver-based agent, Peter Schaffer. "There is no greater risk to his health than normal football risks. He is thrilled to get the chance to play again."

Wilson, 30, was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and should receive a lot of interest on the open market.

Asked if Wilson would be open to returning to the Broncos, Schaffer said, "There are 32 teams and Al will go to the best situation for him and his family."

In my opinion, if he is truly healthy, I think he is worth taking a chance on. At 30 years old, he could be a solid LB for another 3-4 years. I've heard a few people mention Dan Morgan but I think Morgan is much more of a stretch because he has played in 17 games in the last 3 years (3 in 2007 and 1 in 2006).

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Here's a little more info about Wilson.

From ESPN.com article:

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson, who sat out the 2007 season because of neck problems, was cleared to play the 2008 season by Los Angeles back specialist Bob Watkins.

The 30-year-old Wilson is a free agent and able to sign with any team that is interested. A five-time Pro Bowler, Wilson is considered an ideal middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme because of his leadership and ability to line up teammates before plays.

During the 2007 offseason, the Broncos traded Wilson to the New York Giants for a middle-round draft choice. The trade was voided when Wilson failed the team physical because of his neck problems. His rights reverted back to the Broncos, who eventually released him.

Wilson's neck problems started in 2003 when he suffered some stingers. He went to Dr. Watkins, who advised him to rest until the neck was better. On Wednesday (back in January) Watkins, who is normally conservative in allowing players to return with neck problems, informed Wilson he could resume his career.

Without Wilson, the Broncos had one of the worst defensive seasons since Mike Shanahan became head coach.

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boss hogg (2/16/2008)

Here's a little more info about Wilson.

From ESPN.com article:

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson, who sat out the 2007 season because of neck problems, was cleared to play the 2008 season by Los Angeles back specialist Bob Watkins.

The 30-year-old Wilson is a free agent and able to sign with any team that is interested. A five-time Pro Bowler, Wilson is considered an ideal middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme because of his leadership and ability to line up teammates before plays.

During the 2007 offseason, the Broncos traded Wilson to the New York Giants for a middle-round draft choice. The trade was voided when Wilson failed the team physical because of his neck problems. His rights reverted back to the Broncos, who eventually released him.

Wilson's neck problems started in 2003 when he suffered some stingers. He went to Dr. Watkins, who advised him to rest until the neck was better. On Wednesday (back in January) Watkins, who is normally conservative in allowing players to return with neck problems, informed Wilson he could resume his career.

Without Wilson, the Broncos had one of the worst defensive seasons since Mike Shanahan became head coach.

5 time pro-bowl not bad.

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no thanks to someone elses injury prone linebackers we tried that a couple years ago and that didn't work out to well. lets try this guy.

LB Ezra Butler (6-2, 248) -- Missed the first two games of the season but still led the team in tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions. Butler had 87 tackles and 12 1/2 for loss. He also picked off three passes. Butler was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.plays for university of nevada reno

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statz (2/17/2008)
An ijured Wilson is better than a healthy Brooking any day..... and much cheaper.

I disagree. While I may see where Brooking has been misused for most of his career, why compile one mistake on top of another. Does anyone remember the varied rumors about Ed Hartwell actually having been a Falcon at one time?

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falcons4life (2/17/2008)
Its pretty simple. Sign him for a small amount of base salary and then give him incentives based on playing time. If he gets hurt and isnt on the field, we only pay his small salary.

This way we dont get burned if that neck injury occurs again.

Takes up a roster spot and right now I'd rather be disappointed with a 2nd year guy than pissed at a 30yr old vet, we have one like that.

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