Green Bay Packers quarterback Don Majkowski underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.
Coach Lindy Infante said surgeons who performed the operation in San Diego did not characterize the injury as career threatening, but said Majkowski would not be able to throw for three to six months.
"Doctors feel very good about his chances for full recovery. There was no mention of career ending or anything remotely like that. The prognosis is a good one. They feel the repair is successful," Infante said.
He said Dr. Gary Losse and Dr. David Flood initially were performing an arthroscopic procedure to repair an impinged nerve but then discovered a 1/2 -inch-by- 1/2 -inch tear in a tendon in the rotator cuff.
The doctors then made a separate 1 1/2 -inch incision to repair the tear in a 90-minute procedure.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles covering the shoulder joint that connects the upper arm bone to the shoulder bone. It controls shoulder rotation, a key motion to a quarterback's passing.
Although Infante said doctors believe Majkowski will make a full recovery, radio station XTRA-AM in San Diego, quoting sources, reported yesterday that doctors considered the injury potentially career-threatening.
It did not name the sources.
Majkowski, 26, was injured Nov. 18 at Phoenix and has not played since the second quarter of that game when he was tackled by Cardinals lineman Freddie Joe Nunn.
Tests in Green Bay earlier revealed nothing more than a bruised rotator cuff, team doctors said.
Packers team physician E.S. Brusky had cleared Majkowski to play last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, but Majkowski, who had tried to throw during two practices last week, said the pain was too severe and objected.
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