Don Majkowski sat out 45 days of preseason training camp to win a $1.5 million contract after a Pro Bowl season for the Green Bay Packers.
Now, a little more than three months later, Majkowski's future is clouded as he tries to recover from rotator cuff surgery on his throwing shoulder.
The 26-year-old quarterback from Depew, whom the Packers had hoped would take them to the playoffs, underwent surgery Thursday in San Diego where doctors repaired a torn tendon near his rotator cuff. At the soonest, the "Majik Man" is not expected to throw a football again for three months. It might be closer to six.
"The doctors feel very, very good about his chance for a full recovery," Packers coach Lindy Infante said Thursday.
"There was no mention of 'career-ending' or anything even remotely like that. The prognosis is a good one. They feel the repair went very successfully."
Infante said Dr. Gary Losse, an orthopedic specialist, was initially performing an arthroscopic procedure to repair an impinged nerve but then discovered a tear in a tendon in the rotator cuff area.
Lott to get second opinion
SAN FRANCISCO -- Free safety Ronnie Lott, apparently dissatisfied with the diagnosis of the San Francisco 49ers' team physician, missed Thursday's afternoon practice to get a second opinion on the sprained ligament in his left knee.
San Francisco coach George Seifert said Lott may need surgery, but that is only a possibility and not a probably. He said the injury is day to day.
O'Neal sticks by remarks
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Linebacker Leslie O'Neal stood by accusations made Wednesday that certain players are afforded preferential treatment by the club and some favoritism might be racially motivated. Players have agreed that O'Neal appeared to direct his remarks about club bias toward linebacker Billy Ray Smith.
Coach Dan Henning warned O'Neal and other players that further divisive comments might warrant suspension.
"The funny thing about it, the statement was made and everybody drew their own conclusions about who it was said about," O'Neal said. "Obviously, I wasn't the only one thinking the way I was thinking. So that's something everybody can think about."