The are announcements today that Brian Price will be placed on IR, ending his rookie season. He was initially hampered at the beginning of the season with a hamstring injury, but this sounds like a very different injury. He is officially listed with a pelvis injury, but there has been speculation that this is a hip injury.
From what I can tell from the reports it sounds like a labral injury of his hip. Once again, this is speculation, and he may have something completely different, but this is the most likely problem. The labrum is a firm cartilage ring which surrounds the edge of the hip socket and helps keep the hip in the socket with motion. Athletes can have a tear or injury to this structure which causes hip pain with movement. The labrum itself does not have a direct blood supply and therefore has very little potential to heal with time and rest. a number of these injuries do not show up on MRI directly, but often there is swelling or signal changes around the hip. This is why Price’s MRI can still be negative, as reported a couple of weeks ago.
The injury has gotten more attention recently with some well known athletes like Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) and Sidney Rice(Vikings) having hip labral injuries in the past couple of years. Both of those athletes required surgery for the problem, and Rodriguez was able to return without restrictions, and Rice is scheduled to return later this year. Hopefully, Price will not require surgery, but he may need it if this is indeed his injury. Either way, the Bucs placing him on IR indicates it is a serious injury and they do not expect him to be back until next year.