It’s sad, even depressing news that brings back memories of Kenny Irons’ unfortunate stint with the Bengals: both Tate and Irons were 2nd round picks, both had nasty injuries in the preseason, both missed / will miss their rookie season in the NFL.
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak lamented the loss on Twitter: “I was hard on him (Tate) because I knew he was fixing to help this team a great deal.”
Aubun running backs drafted into the NFL seem cursed with career-stymieing injuries.
Heath Evans missed most of last year. Has Ronnie had a complete season yet? Carnell has had two injuries that would have ended a lesser man’s career. Rudi Johnson got hurt and disappeared. Kenny Irons didn’t play a single down in the regular season.
I’ve got an idea.
Back in 2000, after another routine loss to Florida, a friend showed up with a Gators shirt on. We (politely) removed it, had a ceremony, and promptly burned it. Since then, we are 3-1 against the Gators. Maybe we should have Jeremy print a shirt that says “Auburn Running Back Injuries” and then we can burn it. Run off some bad spirits.
Let me know if you’re interested. Seriously.