The knock on retired Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor was that he just couldn't stay healthy. That notion, and the nickname “Fragile Freddy,” stuck after he missed about half of the team's games from 1999 to 2001 with lower-body injuries. Despite bouncing back and starting 46 straight games from 2002-2004, and starting 15 games in his age 31 season and rushing for 5.4 yards per carry on 223 carries, the nickname stuck for Taylor, who ranks 16th on the all-time rushing yards list with 11,695 yards.
On Wednesday, Taylor, who retired after the 2010 season after a stint in New England, says he recently visited doctors for an orthopedic exam that revealed multiple injuries, including two partially torn labrum. The 40-year-old explained the results in a string of detailed tweets, accusing doctors of overlooking these injuries during his career, and emphatically objected to the “Fragile Freddy” label.
Taylor also called out the league for denying him Line of Duty benefits, based on a determination by “neutral doctors:”
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Visited Chicago last week for full Ortho exam. Took 11 MRIs and 12 X-rays. Got results yesterday. Somehow I played career with fractured->