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Big hurdle for Pollack

It's got to be the ultimate annoyance for Davey Pollack.

For the next few months, the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker will be confined to a halo brace to stabilize his neck, which he broke in last Sunday's game vs. the Cleveland Browns. His movement will be limited and his days will be spent getting some rest, which doesn't exactly fit his personality. He'll have to sit in his newly purchased recliner a lot in the next few weeks, and staying seated for him may be just as tough as his recovery.

Pollack seemingly never slows down, on the field or off it. But he needs rest as his injury - a broken C6 vertebra - heals in the coming months. So he'll have to allow most of his body to rest, except for his mouth, which usually moves faster than his feet.

The most time he ever spent seated may have been in college when he played, ironically, the video game "Halo."

"You know him, the kid doesn't stop moving, doesn't stop talking," said Seattle Seahawks quarterback David Greene, Pollack's longtime friend and former roommate at Georgia. "It's really going to be tough on him. I know he's going to be bored out of his mind. I don't know how he's going to sit still."

We're all hoping for the best regarding Pollack's recovery, hoping that we'll get to see the Shiloh grad use all of that energy on the football field again. That constant motor made him into the first-round NFL Draft pick he was in 2005 and the three-time All-American he was at Georgia. He never stopped chasing the ball and he was unblockable at times, turning himself into a slippery target for opposing offensive linemen.

Although he has to take it easy now, the prognosis is still good. If the injury heals properly in the coming months, no surgery will be required to fix the break. If spinal fusion surgery is necessary, which the family's hoping it isn't, his football career could be in jeopardy.

But my money's on him persevering through this and earning his paycheck in the NFL. His will is strong, whether it's fighting to get to the quarterback or turning himself from an overweight Shiloh sophomore into a UGA legend. If he puts his mind to it, he'll get it done.

Even if it means slowing down (just not for too long).

Will Hammock can be reached via e-mail at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays.