Thursday, June 9, 2011
Updated: June 10, 9:43 AM ET
Erik Ainge has torn rotator cuff
By Rich Cimini
New York Jets quarterback Erik Ainge, who revealed his drug and alcohol addictions two months ago in a graphic, first-person story for ESPNNewYork.com, announced Thursday night on his Twitter page that he has a torn rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder.
"Found out i have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder today, no fun, o well, could always be worse, im sober and loved, all that matters," Ainge tweeted.
Ainge, who turns 25 Sunday, didn't say how he suffered the injury or if he would have immediate surgery in an attempt to play football again. In the ESPNNewYork.com story, he said his future in football was uncertain and that his primary goal was to stay clean. He underwent foot surgery a few months ago to repair a stress fracture.
The former Tennessee standout, yet to take an NFL snap, still is under contract to the Jets. He didn't report to training camp in 2010 because he checked into a rehab center and spent the season on the non-football illness list.
The Jets have three veteran quarterbacks under contract and they're not expected to retain Ainge, a fifth-round draft pick in 2008.
Ainge made national headlines in March, when he revealed the depth of his substance-abuse problem.
"My addiction is with the hardest of hard drugs -- heroin, cocaine and alcohol," he said. "During my days of using, I was a really bad drug addict. I would've made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy."
At the time, Ainge said he had been clean for eight months, his longest stretch of sobriety since he was 11.
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.