Is Pro Football Too Violent? 'A Clean Shot' Pulverizes a Fullback's Cheek and His Career
Doctors found that 12 bones in his face were shattered. They wired three of them together and simply put the others back in place to heal. Meantime Bulaich's sinuses are stuffed with gauze, and at night his head is cradled in what he calls his "doughnut," a cast that keeps him still when he sleeps. "I can't lie on my side," he says, "or get my head wet. I'm also gumming a lot of my food." He is expected to recover fully by the end of the year.
A 10-year veteran of the pros, Bulaich has ended his career. Injuries have always plagued him: He was often sidelined during his undergraduate days at Texas Christian, tore three leg muscles his first year in the NFL and was having knee trouble last September. "Football has been good to me," Bulaich says. "But this injury put the icing on the cake. I don't need another hit like that. I'm ugly enough as it is."
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