A couple of Crew defenders went under the knife this week. Chad Marshall had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle and Julius James had another surgery on his right shoulder. Both had been plagued by pain throughout the year that limited their effectiveness.
Marshall's surgery removed a bone that caused weakness and pain in his right ankle that required pain treatment and forced him to miss the last two games of the season. He's expected to be sidelined 6-10 weeks which should allow him to be ready for training camp.
James right shoulder required surgery to correct repeated dislocations he suffered throughout the season. He will be sidelined 4-6 months, possibly keeping him out through April. James missed significant time this year as he recovered from left shoulder surgery and a collapsed lung, appearing in 12 games.
James and Marshall formed the core of the 2011 back line, but were limited in 2012. Carlos Mendes, the veteran presence brought in to be the primary backup was limited to 12 games. This left room for younger players like Eric Gehrig and Josh Williams to step in and see time.