Now this is new. According to sources close to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, New England Patriots star free safety Devin McCourty underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason but will be ready for training camp. McCourty did not suffer from any shoulder injuries last season, but Reiss notes that this was most likely a routine procedure to strengthen the shoulder that McCourty separated back in 2011. That year, McCourty played through the pain with a separated shoulder.
Reiss wrote that we don’t know whether or not the operation was on the same shoulder, but I’m 90% sure that McCourty went under the knife to strengthen that same shoulder going into the 2013 season. McCourty will surely be fine for training camp, especially since this seemed to be just a routine procedure.
The Patriots have found a gem in Devin McCourty, because he is a defensive back pick they hit perfectly even as many criticize Bill Belichick and the Pats for being bad at drafting defensive backs. Alfonzo Dennard anyone? Tavon Wilson? He played well last year too, lest ye forget.
Anyway, the Patriots need their best player in the secondary (and one of the best player’s on the defense and team as a whole) to be healthy next season. McCourty is finally entrenched as the team’s full-time safety, and he showed that he has what it takes to be an elite safety as opposed to merely being a “very good” corner.
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