Rams' Faulk Holds Off on Surgery
Feb. 03, 2001
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk, the NFL's MVP, is holding off on further knee surgery for now.
Faulk is skipping the Pro Bowl because the knee that forced him out for two weeks in midseason is bothering him again. But after a meeting with the team's orthopedic surgeon, George Paletta, he's taking a wait-and-see approach.
Paletta had thought a defect in the groove where the kneecap meets the thigh bone in Faulk's leg might need surgery that would require a recovery period of four to six months. Instead, it was determined Friday that scar tissue from Faulk's surgery on Nov. 6 to remove loose cartilage was causing the problem.
``It's just a very minor thing,'' coach Mike Martz said. ``It's healing the way it should, and he's got no pain there or no irritation. Everything's fine.''
If the scar tissue doesn't break up or loosen in the next month, Faulk could undergo another arthroscopic procedure that would sideline him for about a month.
Faulk first talked of further surgery in the week before the Super Bowl.
Washington running back Stephen Davis replaced Faulk on the NFC roster for Sunday's Pro Bowl.