Joel Klatt knows Sam Bradford’s pain

by Mel Bracht Modified: September 18, 2009 at 4:49 am •  Published: September 18, 2009
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FSN college football studio analyst Joel Klatt, a former Colorado quarterback, said he "would be shocked” if OU quarterback Sam Bradford doesn’t play against Miami on Oct. 3.

Klatt doesn’t have any inside information, but as a sophomore at Colorado, he suffered the same shoulder injury — an AC joint sprain — that sidelined Bradford in the BYU game. In his third week after being injured, Klatt came off the bench wearing oversized shoulder pads to play against Baylor and the following week threw for a career-high 419 yards against Kansas.

"I had Toradol shots given to me in my shoulder to try to take away the pain,” Klatt said. "They (doctors) told me, ‘It’s secure. It’s just painful for you. If you can handle the pain, you can play.’ ”

Klatt said the pain subsided as the season progressed.

"I wasn’t able to sleep on my right shoulder for the entire football season. The day that my shoulder felt the best was on Saturday because of the shots that they would give me. Sunday and Monday were awful.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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