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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 11, 1983, Tokyo, JapanSunday september 11, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes sports 27 unfazed by High injury count by Bruce Lowitt associated press in the first weekend of National football league games a half dozen quarterbacks went Down and out with various bumps bruises and worse. But there does t seem to be any thing More that can be done Short of putting them in Armor to protect them. At least that s the View of the league s rules makers. And the play ers Union agrees. Sunday on the astroturf inside the super dome Kenny Stabler of new Orleans was knocked out of action with a knee injury and his counterpart for St. Louis Neil Lomax left with bruised ribs. John Elway of Denver sat out the second half in Pittsburgh with a bruised right Elbow the result of a series of landings on the astroturf at three Rivers stadium. And on the astroturf inside the Houston Astro dome Green Bay s Lynn Dickey whose sacroiliac has been repeatedly rearranged by defensive linemen missed the overtime period against the oilers due to Back spasms. Saturday on natural grass in san Francisco both Ron Jaworski of Philadelphia and Joe Montana of the 49ers sustained concussions. Still nobody seems to be unduly alarmed about the plethora of in juries including the quarterbacks. Of i be had knee problems before and worked with them Stabler said. I had t had a lot of trouble with my right knee before but it s nothing i can t i guess i la just have to learn How to throw with Elbow pads on said Elway. It s nothing that s How Tex Schramm sees it too. There s just so much you can do said the president and general manager of the Dallas cowboys and head of the s Competition Corn Denver Bronco quarterback Steve Deberg wears a helmet equipped with microphone speaker and amplifier to help him Call signals. The device helps Deberg compensate for a Throat injury suffered in a pre season game. A Mittee the rules makers. This is a game of Contact right so after a certain Point a Quarter Back still has to be a football player. There does t appear to be anything else we could do from a rules stand Point or a procedural standpoint that would Stop them from getting Doug Allen a former Buffalo line Backer and now assistant to Gene Upshaw the executive director of the players association concurred. I Don t think any position on the Field deserves to get such specific consideration in an attempt to re Duce injury that it radically changes the nature of the game Allen said. Still Schramm said that after every season the committee studies a special reel of film involving every quarterback injury. In the late 1970s and again in 1980, he said the league instituted rules in an attempt to reduce injuries paying special Atten Tion to quarterbacks. Recently when we be studied that film we Haven t seen any injuries that were n t simply football related that were n t the result of Normal Contact or of Freak and he said that studies by both the and colleges show there is no evidence of any greater degree or severity of injuries on artificial turf As opposed to natural further commissioner Pete Rozelle who was on National television before last sunday s games said in part that artificial turf was necessary because you can t grow grass As of now five teams play indoors 15 use artificial turf and that subject remains one of the areas of Contention Between the league and the Union. The fact is you can grow grass indoors said Allen. It s been done. And there s conflicting evidence about injuries. We think we have statistical evidence that demonstrates artificial turf is unhealthy that it tends to Wear you Down quicker As Well As contribute to injuries. Most players prefer to play on natural lengthy recuperation seen for Garvey san Diego a Steve Gar vey sidelined with the most serious injury of his 14-year major league career says there s Little Chance he will return to the san Diego padres lineup this season. The probability is slim said the Veteran baseman whose National league record consecutive game Streak ended july 29 at 1,207 games when he suffered torn Liga ments in his left thumb in a Home plate collision with Atlanta braves Pitcher Pascual Perez. It s a Long process for the ligaments to heal said Garvey who has t been Able to swing a Bat in Over a month. The scar tissue has to build up in order to strengthen the ligaments. I Don t think i la be Back this season unless we re battling for the Pennant and there s a Way i can get the thumb Strong Dick Williams padres Mana Ger said he doubts the 34-year-old Garvey will be Back before next season adding Why run the risk hell be healthy for next year. We re looking Forward to that Williams said of Garvey who was batting .294 with 14 Home runs and 59 runs batted in during his first season with san Diego. A Garvey that s it for this season there Are indications however that relations Are strained Between Williams and Garvey who signed five year $6 million free agent contract with san Diego last de Cember after 13 years with the los. Angeles grew annoyed when asked about Garvey s status. Begets enough Ink he said. I saw a picture of him in the paper in new York watching a Tennis tournament while we were across the Road getting our backs wracked by the new York mets. Not taking anything away from Steve but we have played better won loss percentage Ball without him said Williams. The padres were 50-52 before Garvey s injury and have a 20-19 Mark without him. They went into thursday s game against Houston in fourth place in the National league West with a 70-71 record 11 games behind the front running dodgers. Now that Garvey s consecutive string is Over Williams insists that he will spell Garvey during the 1984 season an idea Garvey vigorously opposes. When i think he s tired i la rest him Williams said. Garvey who talked Williams out of resting him while his Streak was intact said he has t changed his mind about the Issue. My contract says 162 championship games. I feel i m an asset to my team playing every Day he said. For nearly eight years Garvey played through an assortment of injuries and illnesses in route to breaking the . Record of 1,117 consecutive games held by Billy Williams of the Chicago cubs. A lot of people say to me you must be depressed about losing your Streak " said Garvey. But i m philosophical about it. I was very Lucky to go 1,207 games. I consider myself a fortunate Man. I proved to people that Good times or bad Good health or illness i went out and entertained the fans. I Felt i had a dealing with the enforced Idle Ness has been one of the hardest adjustments Garvey said. It s Tough because you gear yourself to be in a competitive situation every Day he said. I thrive on that. It s been my life. I just try to keep my mind off not being Able to play said Gar vey. It s a very frustrating feel ing. I want to help my team but Garvey said some Good things May come out of the injury. It has Given me a whole new perspective he said in a Subtle Way this injury has rejuvenated the enthusiasm cells for the next five years. Having been placed in a Posi Tion where i Haven t had the Opportunity to play it s whet my appetite to continue. I m looking Forward to playing my next game wherever and whenever that

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