The news is not good for Bengals linebacker David Pollack, who will not be playing a down for the Bengals in 2007 according to ESPN. Pollack a former first-round draft pick, suffered a career-threatening neck injury in the second game of the 2006 season vs the Browns, will continue rehabing the neck and still is hoping for making it back for the 08 season. The word from ESPN is that Pollack will not give up that easy and retire, and that he will look to get the neck stronger and that after another year of doing that he’ll be back on the field.
Sources say that Bengals and team officials had already acknowledged it would be a long shot for him to play this season. The team will address his status at the outset of training camp. The 25-year-old sustained a fracture to the C6 vertebra in the first Browns game as he tackled Browns running back Reuben Droughns on the second play from scrimmage.
He spent the next three months in a halo device to promote healing but then underwent surgery in January 2007. Pollack has appeared in 16 NFL games, and has 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He signed a five-year, $13 million deal that included $7.65 million in guarantees after being picked 17th overall in the 2005 draft by Cincinnati.