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Simms Speaks Out



Bucs quarterback Chris Simms' mind was wandering as he fought through the unfamiliar discomfort, and there came a time when this thought came to him: "Maybe I'm bleeding internally."

He was oh, so right.

Simms spoke out for the first time Thursday in a press conference and admitted he was feeling badly throughout the game in which he suffered a ruptured spleen, a potentially life-threatening injury.

Simms did not criticize the Bucs' medical staff for its handling of his injury, but instead thanked it for making the diagnosis and getting him to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the organ on Sept. 24.

As expected, Simms also said he would like to play later this season if his recovery is quick enough, but he also admits he will have a long road back to get into football shape after losing an estimated 10 pounds.

"I need a few days just to feel how my body's recovering," he said.

Among the other details provided: Simms said he lost three pints of blood and had six bags of blood transfusions during the process. He also will have to be vaccinated yearly to compensate for the lack of a spleen, which helps the immune system.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:43pm]


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