Unbeknownst to many, Cameron Brate played with a torn labrum in his hip last year. In a recent Pewter Report article, he is cited stating that he only tried non-surgical options last year. However, he decided it was time to take the surgical path in mid-January 2019 to correct the injury. According to Pewter Report, Brate is back to normal and ready to get down to business.
Of course, Brate not only had to deal with the pain of his injury all season long, but he had to deal with the thought that he wasn’t playing up to par.
“Yeah, personally I wish I would have played better last year and everything like that, but I just don’t think I was able to prepare for the season the way I wanted to deal with the injury. Week to week I wasn’t able to prepare for the games the way I normally would. It was more just kind of getting through the season. More than anything I’m just glad I was able to get it taken care of. I won’t have to deal with that moving forward.”
I do not think he let the team down in any way. As a matter of fact, I think he was a real team player and one tough cookie for having played all season while suffering through such a painful injury.
Despite playing with the hip injury, Brate still caught the ball 30 times for 289 yards, and 6 TDs, which in the grand scheme of things is not that big of a drop off in production from the previous season. Brate stepped up big in the wake of OJ Howard’s season-ending injury, and with the two healthy this season, the sky’s the limit for the tight end duo heading through 2019.