A report just posted on ESPN makes it seem likely that Marshall Faulk’s brilliant career could be coming to a close. He’s had surgery after surgery on his knees, and hasn’t really been at full strength for the last few years. With two knee surgeries this offseason, there was a question mark as to whether or not he’d be able to recover. One of his knees is coming along decently, the other swells up and gives him major problems after a moderate workout.
He’s going in for surgery sometime next week, and that will, at minimum, sideline him for a chunk of the season, most likely all of it, and quite possible forever. He’s already 33 years old, and he’s been getting a step slower every year recently. I don’t see him having surgery, taking a year off, and then at the age of 34 being able to play professional football.
As for his Hall of Fame chances, I think he’s a virtual lock first ballot-er.