‘I just wanted to be the best’: Tyson’s comments after his injury-marred career
With a broken hand, a torn ACL and a torn medial collateral ligament, Tyson Summers is out for the rest of the season.
And he’s got no plans to return.
On Thursday, Summers spoke about the injury-plagued season he’s had with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the fact that he will miss the entire 2016 season.
“I just want to be out there, play, be a great teammate and have a great year,” Summers told reporters.
“But at the same time, you have to understand that it’s not only me, it’s our entire organization and the entire football team.
There are a lot of people that don’t get to play and play for the organization.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to decide if they’ll retain Summers, who has missed the past two seasons with the concussion and ankle injuries.
Summers played in just two games in 2016 because of a torn right ACL, the first in the past three seasons.
In 2015, Summers suffered the same injury in the second game of the 2015 season and missed the entire season.
He played in all 16 games in the 2016 season, totaling 27 tackles and four sacks.
In his second season with the Steelers, Summers had career highs in tackles (77), tackles for loss (40), sacks (17) and quarterback hits (seven).
Summers missed the final four games of the 2016 regular season with a torn MCL.
In an ESPN article from March, Summers said he had “no regrets” about the injuries he suffered.
Summers, a sixth-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, has played in four Pro Bowls, all of which were played against the Steelers.
He was injured during the 2016 preseason, when he was on the injured reserve.
His recovery was completed in the regular season, when Summers was placed on injured reserve because of the same MCL injury.