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    NY Post - Steve Serby: Curtis Martin Done

    END OF AN AURA?
    by Steve Serby

    IT'S NO LONGER DEATH,
    TAXES AND CURTIS MARTIN FOR JETS



    August 9, 2006 -- Father Time does not care who you are, or what you have done. You can run away from him and feel immortal for a long time, feel invincible, but Father Time never stops looking for you, never stops hunting you down.

    Finally, after all these years, after all these yards, the dreaded grandfather clock is ticking for Curtis Martin.

    He is 33 years old and watching the Jets preseason from the sidelines. It is no longer death, taxes and Curtis Martin come Sept. 10 in Tennessee when the Eric Mangini Era begins. You only get so much tread on these tires, and Curtis Martin, eight months after surgery on his right knee, has a flat. At an age when most running backs are in the shop, idling.

    Curtis Martin, of course, is not most running backs. He is everything that is good and noble about sports, one of the most prideful and inspirational players we have ever witnessed. Every summer he shows up and every summer he answers questions about his demise, and every fall he straps on that helmet and buckles that chinstrap and, pushed by an iron will that Evander Holyfield would recognize, dodges all the doubters and naysayers. Hell, two seasons ago he became the oldest back to lead the league in rushing, with 1,697 yards, and the Jets had little choice but to let the younger LaMont Jordan flee to Oakland.

    It seems like light years ago now.

    Because now, when Chad Pennington needs some help, there appears to be a growing possibility that he will have to get it from Cedric Houston, or Derrick Blaylock, or rookie Leon Washington.

    In the meantime, rookie GM Mike Tannenbaum looks under every rock for a young back with NFL experience that will, to some degree, scare the opposition.

    If it is true that inside Martin's knee is bone on bone, then a grim reality looms: a living legend/gladiator could be finished. He has played 11 seasons. He has gained 14,101 yards . . . but only 735 last season. He has carried 3,518 times. Only Emmitt Smith (4,409) and Walter Payton (3,638) carried more.

    Maybe all he needs is time.

    Father Time, who has allowed 1,000-yard seasons to only three backs over 32 years of age, won't give it to him.

    And if Father Time won't give it to him, would Curtis Martin confront his own mortality, as they all do eventually, and limp away, to Canton?

    This is the essence of Curtis Martin: He would if he felt he was hurting the team.

    For example, Martin implored the Jets before the NFL Draft to consider a running back. The Jets chose not to pay an exorbitant price to the Saints for Reggie Bush, and selected LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson. I thought at the time they should have traded up for Bush, and I had no idea Martin would start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

    Bill Parcells, at the start of Cowboys camp, wasn't talking about Martin when he said this, but he very well could have been: "At 205 or 207 pounds, playing running back in the NFL is a very hazardous occupation. You get tackled 30 times a game and then you've got to block another 20, that's a lot of collisions for a 205-pound guy with the size of the guys that are playing now."

    Curtis Martin goes 5-11, 205. He has never been the biggest or the fastest. Just the one with the biggest heart.

    Maybe the conspiracy theorists will be proven wrong. Maybe Curtis Martin will return with a vengeance, forever young for one Last Hurrah. Or maybe the secretive Jets will have to tear the jersey off Curtis Martin for his own good. Because the hits that he has spent a career avoiding will find him sooner than he thinks if he can't be Curtis Martin anymore. If there is any chance that he could jeopardize his well-being, then it would be a good idea for Curtis Martin to consider retirement.

    Because Father Time has no mercy.

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    Martin running out of time

    Martin running out of time

    Pal sees one foot out door

    BY RICH CIMINI
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER



    Before coming to New York for the start of training camp, Curtis Martin was so concerned about his lingering knee injury that he spoke with people close to him about the possibility of retiring, according to two people close to the Jets' running back.
    Martin, ever the warrior, decided to plow ahead. But, nearly two weeks into training camp, the team's all-time leading rusher appears closer to retirement than the playing field. The signs are ominous.

    "I'd be really shocked if he came back," one person close to Martin said.

    Martin underwent arthroscopic surgery last December after playing nearly the entire season with damaged cartilage, bone chips and a bone bruise in his right knee. The surgery was thought to be minor, but his 33-year-old knee was left with virtually no cartilage, leaving a bone-on-bone condition.

    "The injury was a lot worse than anyone thought," the person said. "I'm pretty sure the cartilage is gone and it's bone on bone. It's pretty intolerable."

    Martin was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list at the start of camp, meaning he can't practice until he passes a physical. Out of respect for Martin and his toughness, the Jets are giving him a chance to get healthy. They don't want to count him out until it's truly over, but there's a growing feeling within the organization that Martin is finished.

    Martin has two options: He can call it quits before the end of the preseason or he can remain on the PUP list when the regular season starts, meaning he would have to sit out the first sixgames. That would buy more time to continue his rehabilitation.

    "He has to make a decision," said another person close to Martin, suggesting the future Hall of Famer is indeed mulling retirement.

    Coach Eric Mangini said that Martin comes in for rehab every day, and like with all knee injuries, his situation is difficult to forecast.

    "The way we're approaching all the injuries is exactly the same," Mangini said. "There has really been no change in his status, with either our approach or his approach."

    On the second day of camp, Martin stated emphatically that he wants to play, although he stopped short of saying he would be back.

    Since then, he has been invisible to the public, rehabbing behind the scenes, not even showing up to watch practice. It seems the organization is trying to shield him. Some of his own teammates say they don't see him that much anymore. At Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage at the Meadowlands, he was seen limping deep inside the stadium.

    Martin's agent, Eugene Parker, declined to comment.

    The Jets are aggressively exploring the running-back market, a strong indication that Martin no longer is in their immediate plans. It seems highly likely they will make a trade in the next week or two, hoping to bolster a backfield that looks extremely vulnerable.

    Some may recall that Martin signed an eight-year contract in 2002 that included a unique insurance provision that would enable to Jets to recoup a portion of his signing bonus ($10 million) if he suffered a career-ending injury. Problem is, the policy expired after the 2003 season, according to an NFL source.

    Chad Pennington, making his own return from injury, only knows he misses the Jets' mainstay of the last eight seasons.

    "We know what Curtis means to our organization," said Chad Pennington, who also said he hasn't seen much of Martin. "We just can't wait to see him out here."



    Hey Herm, thanks for ruining Curt's career you dick!!

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    I was under the impression that after Curtis got hurt early in the season, he kept telling the coaches that he could still play and they let him. Considering that the season was a disaster all around, I have often wondered if he did that because he wanted another 1000 yard season. So while I agree that the staff should have dealt with it differently, he has to take some of the responsibility for continuing to insist that he could play instead of dealing with his injury sooner.

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    father time and a cheap leg whip from Zac Thomas and Curtis is done?
    We can hope not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by safny813
    I was under the impression that after Curtis got hurt early in the season, he kept telling the coaches that he could still play and they let him. Considering that the season was a disaster all around, I have often wondered if he did that because he wanted another 1000 yard season. So while I agree that the staff should have dealt with it differently, he has to take some of the responsibility for continuing to insist that he could play instead of dealing with his injury sooner.

    Injured players will almost never say they can't play (unless their name is John Abraham). Chad screwed up his shoulder last season, but still went in for the rest of the Jags game. It's just the way it is. It's up to the coaches and medical staff to say "sit out." I blame Herm and the medical staff for letting him play. He had another two years in him (not as a feature back), but now he's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Untouchable

    Hey Herm, thanks for ruining Curt's career you dick!!
    I swear to God UT that was my first thought exactly after reading these two stories-he's a friggin idiot and the sooner the KC fans learn it-the better off they'll be.Think,we lose our two best players because of his ignorance-Chad MAYBE..being the other-we still don't know

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    every player wants to play regardless of his health. If a professional athlete can wake up in the morning and walk to the bathroom, in his mind he is ready for anything. It's up the overpaid staff of trainers and coaches, especially the HC, to reel him in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauliec
    every player wants to play regardless of his health. If a professional athlete can wake up in the morning and walk to the bathroom, in his mind he is ready for anything. It's up the overpaid staff of trainers and coaches, especially the HC, to reel him in.
    exactly...

    I'm no doctor but bone on bone doesn't happen with one injury, does it? This was probably a degenerative thing, still no excuse for what Herm did with Chad, and Curtis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetvol1
    father time and a cheap leg whip from Zac Thomas and Curtis is done?
    We can hope not.

    my thoughts exactly. YOu hope he can play one more time but it does not look very good. He has to hope that he can even walk in 10 yrs. Get ready to retire #28.

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    HERMAN EDWARDS IS TO BLAME!!!!!!

    Edwards ran him to the ground.

    Promising to split time with Martin and Lamont Jordan.

    Time wasted and gone by in words.

    Edwards killed the running back star.

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    I agree...this has to fall on the shoulders of the former staff. Herm always preached that Curtis was a warrior, but it was Herm's responsibility to pull the reigns in all those years C-Mart was hurting but pushed through with the warrior mentality.

    Let's not forget all those promises of giving more carries to guys like Lamont Jordan, only to see Curtis carry the ball 25 times a game with Lamont getting in for only one series.

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    Bone on bone comes, a lot of time from over training. The pounding of the cartlidge takes its toll. A lot of long distance runners get this bone on bone scenario. Martin is known as a workout warrior and that could have something to do with it.

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