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Good morning, Sunshine! Welcome to bye week football

I feel sorry for Sam Bradford, re-injuring his shoulder against Texas. And while nutsacks like Mike Florio are laughing at Bradford for not entering the draft last year, where he surely would have been a top 10 pick, I think it was a smart move.

Bradford's "knocks" are his durability and the system they run at Oklahoma (spread offense). If he's had declared for the draft last year, he'd have come into the NFL as a sophomore (age 21). Sorry, but you throw a 21-year-old rookie QB out there, safeties like Ed Reed and pass rushers like Dwight Freeney won't give Bradford a bruised shoulder. They'd tear his arm off. If Bradford's injury shows anything it's that he is not ready, physically, for the NFL.

Sure, if he wanted a quick payday, not caring about whether he becomes a great QB or not, then the advice of a sleaze bag like Florio makes sense. However, if you are Bradford, and you are looking for a long and fruitful career in the NFL, your body must be able to take the pounding. This newly injured shoulder will allow him to rest, heal up, and (hopefully) help him come back to Oklahoma next season for his senior year, where he can prove he is durable and gifted enough to play NFL-style football. Because, seriously folks, professionals in the NFL hit a lot harder than the pampered Longhorns in Texas.

OK, enough college football. Today, the pros play. I'm looking forward to Giants v. Saints along with Ravens v. Vikings.

Some interesting trade rumor news:

In case you are wondering what I think on this (because I know you do), I do indeed think the Colts will make a trade before tomorrow's deadline. For two of the past three years, the Colts have made a major trade just prior to the deadline. They traded a second round pick for Anthony McFarland in 2006 and a 3rd rounder for John McCargo in 2008. The McCargo trade was voided after he failed a physical with the Colts, a move I still find a little dubious on the part of the Bills.

The current needs for the Colts are tackle, kick returner, and maybe a pass-rushing DT.

Open threads coming soon. Until then, chit-chat here.

Oh, and congrats to shake n bake, whose Iowa Hawkeyes are still undefeated. It's crap like this that makes me hate college football. How an undefeated Big 10 team is not ranked in the top 5, I don't know.

[UPDATE]: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand speaking of trades the Colts, right on cue, we have news from Pewter Report that the Buccaneers are talking with the Colts about trading linebacker Barrett Ruud to Indy. Ruud is Tampa Bay's middle linebacker and is 6'2, 240 pounds. If Indy gets him, they will likely transition him to SAM backer.