A.J. Hawk is a liar.
The Green Bay Packers one-time starting inside linebacker denied he was injured several times during the 2014 season. Healthy guys don’t have offseason surgery though.
Hawk had surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankle immediately following the season, according to an ESPN source.
The source at the NFL scouting combine said Hawk had several painful bone spurs removed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, right after the season. Hawk, according to the source, tried to compensate for the injury (which limited his mobility) by losing weight and playing lighter than his listed 235 pounds.
Hawk was more lackluster than his usual lackluster self in 2014. That double dose of mediocre eventually got him replaced by Sam Barrington for the majority of the Packers’ defensive snaps. At the end of the season, Hawk was playing only a part-time role as part of the Packers’ base defensive package.
He had several opportunities to blame injury for his on-field regression, but he never took one of them. For that, we have nothing but respect, especially in light of the realization that the Packers’ best defender — Clay Matthews — is a quitter.
While we applaud Hawk for doing his job the best he could and never complaining, this, unfortunately, serves as a very convenient excuse for the Packers.
An excuse to keep Hawk on the squad for another season.
You see, he was injured, so that’s why he didn’t play well in 2014. Now that his ankle is fixed up, he’ll surely go from being bad right back to being average.
You know what I’m getting at. We’ve long dreamed of the day when A.J. Hawk’s lifeless corpse would no longer be roaming the middle of the Green Bay Packers defense. His release was supposed to finally transpire this offseason. The move makes all kinds of financial sense.
However, you can see the Packers are in the process of ridding themselves of the dead weight. They released tight end Brandon Bostick and receiver Kevin Dorsey earlier this week. Those moves were followed by the late-Friday release of linebacker Brad Jones, who, like Hawk, played his way out of a job.
And yet, Hawk somehow remains on the roster.
The real question is, who is ESPN’s unnamed source?
No doubt someone with an agenda.
If the Packers leaked this information, and we would expect them to know if one of their players had surgery, then they did so for an excuse to keep Hawk around. If Hawk’s agent leaked it, then he’s obviously using the injury as an excuse for his client’s poor play in hopes that he can get one more year out of him.
Those are the only two possible scenarios.