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Easley taking 2nd yr of I-R hard

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2011 – 11:47 am

After missing his entire rookie season in 2010 with a knee injury suffered in training camp, to be dealt another blow and wind up on I-R again having yet to play an NFL regular season game has really taken a toll on Marcus Easley.

Easley was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with an undisclosed illness. Head coach Chan Gailey would not describe the nature of the illness, nor address whether it is career threatening. But he did reveal that he had a conversation with Easley Tuesday and that the young wideout is having a difficult time with the latest setback to his career.

“It’s hard,” said Gailey. “It’s hard for our football team, but it’s hard for him. After what he went through last year and then to get right on the cusp of being there this year, not being able to do it. We sat and talked yesterday about it and it hurts him. And I hurt for him.”

Easley showed promise in the preseason and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who worked with him extensively in the offseason felt he had his confidence back. But his illness compromised all of it.

“It’s tough,” said Fitzpatrick. “I feel really bad for him and all the work he put in to get back. He really showed some good improvement throughout the offseason when we worked out. Once he was healthy in training camp he really showed some improvement. It’s just unfortunate and I feel really bad for him. I know he’s real disappointed that he can’t be out there with us.”


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