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Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
Love me some Kyle Pugh but I saw 3 critical plays yesterday where he missed tackles with the biggest being the OT TD. (He did run all the way from the opposite sideline but failed to get the runner down or knock out of bounds).

I've come to expect greatness from him so when he doesn't perform I question if he is still hurt. I recall he didn't play against FSU and assume it was his arm.

Anyone else see a reason for concern or have any insight to share?

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09-30-2018 12:49 PM
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
I've noticed him favoring his arm a couple times this year and yes missing some tackles. On the flip side Antonio Jones Davis has been damn good this season!
09-30-2018 12:59 PM
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
He’s got a shoulder issue that will require surgery after the season.
09-30-2018 01:22 PM
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
(09-30-2018 01:22 PM)Dtownboys Wrote:  He’s got a shoulder issue that will require surgery after the season.
Thanks. Bad news I'm sure. Let's hope he can get thru the season at a high level. He is a huge key to that defense.

I wonder if younger guys like Labus will be getting some reps.

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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
Saw him favor that arm too. I'm certain he's one tough SOB, glad he's still playing even if he's got limitations. I'll take him playing hurt!
09-30-2018 05:43 PM
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
I couldn't believe my eyes when he missed those tackles. He's the best tackler on the team. It explains a lot that he's playing hurt.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
I think he probably entered the year banged up. When the Iowa back plowed him over, I don't think that happens if Pugh is 100 percent
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
Darn, if it is causing him to miss tackles you have to wonder if it would be better to play someone else and encourage him to take care of his health and get on with the surgery before he makes the injury worse.
10-01-2018 04:14 PM
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
(10-01-2018 04:14 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  Darn, if it is causing him to miss tackles you have to wonder if it would be better to play someone else and encourage him to take care of his health and get on with the surgery before he makes the injury worse.

Yea I was thinking that too.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
(10-01-2018 04:14 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  Darn, if it is causing him to miss tackles you have to wonder if it would be better to play someone else and encourage him to take care of his health and get on with the surgery before he makes the injury worse.

They could redshirt him now. He's only played in 4 games but if he plays against Ball State then that's no longer an option.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
(10-01-2018 05:38 PM)epasnoopy Wrote:  
(10-01-2018 04:14 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  Darn, if it is causing him to miss tackles you have to wonder if it would be better to play someone else and encourage him to take care of his health and get on with the surgery before he makes the injury worse.

They could redshirt him now. He's only played in 4 games but if he plays against Ball State then that's no longer an option.

I don’t think that is being considered. He missed some tackles but played well overall last week. Pressured the qb a lot
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
(10-01-2018 08:33 PM)Dtownboys Wrote:  
(10-01-2018 05:38 PM)epasnoopy Wrote:  
(10-01-2018 04:14 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  Darn, if it is causing him to miss tackles you have to wonder if it would be better to play someone else and encourage him to take care of his health and get on with the surgery before he makes the injury worse.

They could redshirt him now. He's only played in 4 games but if he plays against Ball State then that's no longer an option.

I don’t think that is being considered. He missed some tackles but played well overall last week. Pressured the qb a lot

I’d too doubt they’d do that. Don’t want a freshman taking over at MLB. Something he will have to play through. Bad Shoulder makes sense because he’s arm tackling and guys are running right through it.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
(10-01-2018 05:38 PM)epasnoopy Wrote:  
(10-01-2018 04:14 PM)bikechuck Wrote:  Darn, if it is causing him to miss tackles you have to wonder if it would be better to play someone else and encourage him to take care of his health and get on with the surgery before he makes the injury worse.

They could redshirt him now. He's only played in 4 games but if he plays against Ball State then that's no longer an option.

Pugh redshirted as a freshman. He is not eligible for another one. He could sit out and try for a medical redshirt, but that is risky. NCAA is not always uniform when doling those out.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
This defense has been the best tackling team I have ever seen. Their open field tackling has been absolutely amazing this year. I think that's why it was so surprising for me to see a couple missed tackles last week, let alone Pugh missing a tackle. I'm sure Pugh will figure out a way to overcome this.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
Pugh appears to be at about 70% or less. I know he was in on that 4th and 1 tackle, but Kramer had the ball carrier wrapped up and was already bringing him down. Kyle just hit him with his shoulder and then fell to the ground. Without knowing his injury and if rest would help, would it benefit the team down the stretch to sit Pugh until the Toledo game after this weekends game vs ohio? After playing the Bobcats for homecoming NIU has a bye week, then BYU, then Akron. That would give Kyle a full month to possibly get that shoulder better. Not to mention get Labus some more valuable experience. Kyle may be one hit away from having to shut it down for the year anyhow.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
He's missed a lot of tackles this year. I think he's better than that, and it must be due to injury.
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RE: Kyle Pugh injured or playing hurt?
He was wearing a shoulder brace yesterday and I didn't see him miss on any plays. Our defense is the best tackling defense I've ever seen. I only saw one missed tacle yesterday and that was on a pass play.
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