Rolando McClain may be in a whole lot of trouble with the law for his own negligence in using common sense. However, his knee is feeling A.O.K. and he gives the credit to an experimental stem cell treatment. In what his doctor, Jason R. Williams, has deemed "The Future of Medicine", McClain has participated in a therapy that took stem cells from his own fat and injected them into his knee and leg. He says he is nearly pain free now. Too bad it doesn't help his idiotic legal problems.
The Deputy Director of the FDA's Office of Cellular, Tissue and Genes Therapy Stephanie Simek has a warning statement about this experimental procedure which I hope is not a sign of things to come:
"There is a potential safety risk when you put cells in an area where they are not performing the same biological function as they were when in their original location in the body"
Often times when Doctors are pioneering an unknown therapy there are going to be statements like these. Until more is known about the effects of little tried therapies, there will have to be warnings like these to cover the FDA's own behinds.
Obviously I am not a doctor, but I would have to assume that if the body wasn't going to accept this treatment whatever potential safety risks that Stephanie Simek is speaking of would have already happened. Either way, I get nervous when potential key Raider contributors and the words "Experimental Treatments" are put together in the same sentence.
McClain is not the only high profile AFC West player to undergo a similar procedure. The Denver Broncos very own Peyton Manning went through a similar procedure for his neck injury problems. If it works for these two players then perhaps Dr. Williams is correct in predicting this to be the "future of medicine".
When whatever happens with McClain's legal issues is worked out and his probable suspension is served, we can hope to see a new healthy 'Death Ro' on the field. He has not performed up to expectations as of yet but he still has a lot of potential. Maybe, just maybe, this experimental procedure is exactly what he needed to reach that potential. Or maybe the stem cells will mutate him into some sort of Incredible Hulk. Now that would be intimidating coming across the middle!