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Guard Matt Slauson Says He Played 2011 with a Number of Injuries

At a press conference announcing that Wrestlemania will be held at MetLife Stadium in April of next year, Jets guard Matt Slauson disclosed that he played the entire 2011 season with a torn labrm, rotator cuff and biceps in his left arm, Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reports.

According to Vrentas, Slauson already underwent surgery to repair those injuries, which he believes occurred in December of 2010. Though he faces a five-to-six month recovery process, Slauson expects to be ready for training camp.

“I knew something was wrong, but I was like, ‘OK, I’ll keep on playing as long as I can play,’ and I was able to get through it all,” Slauson said. “I felt like I had a fairly successful year personally with it. So I’m really excited about next year without having pain.”

A 2009 sixth-round pick out of Nebraska, Slauson has started the last 35 regular and post-season games for the Jets. Slauson’s regular season playing time has helped increase his 2012 base salary from $615,000 to $1.308 million.


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