Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Just how difficult has this summer been for Eric Fisher? Let's take a breather from the signature stats and draw some analogies.
Task: Transition from left tackle to right tackle.
If you've played baseball or softball, you've stood on the side of home plate that's opposite of your dominant hand and foot (unless you're one of those bland ambidextrous people). If you're right-handed, you've hit from the left batter's box and vice versa.
On one summer afternoon, a Major League switch-hitter sends the ball on a one-way trip over the center-field wall. Curiosity pique: check. Five minutes later, a friend pitches an experiment while you're aligned in the opposite stance of your standard one. You whiff, the ball graduates to troll status and your ego deflates faster than the pitch.
Transitioning to the opposite end of an offensive line is likely every bit as awkward and challenging—all of your ingrained tendencies are U-turned.
Task: Jump from blocking the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to NFL standouts while injured.
Let's stick with the sports analogies.
Imagine you're at middle school track practice, where hurdles normally measure 36 inches in height. You clear those and make the track your personal runway without breaking a bead of sweat. Air Jordans should embroider your silhouette instead of that one guy's.
Bragging ends with a dare that results in you staring at the 39-inch vasectomy known as a high school hurdle. One failed takeoff later, you're on all fours yelping out an expletive-laced run-on sentence that, if bleeped on FCC airwaves, would sound like Morse code for "Take me now, sweet baby Jesus (NSFW)."
Then, you're ordered to finish practice.
Fisher's injuries aren't comparable—not in the least. But I'm willing to bet—and let's call the person in above story "Brett"—that the pain from blocking a raging defensive behemoth, while nursing a thumb and shoulder injury, is. The No. 1 pick has only lined up for 44 preseason snaps, yet his four quarterback hurries are tied for the second-most amongst tackles.
Is Eric Fisher a subpar blocker? No, quite the opposite.
But if he's not allowed to fully heal, his play will encourage critics to continue adding insults to injury.
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