Week 6 Injury Talk

Welcome back to Injury Talk. Week 6 is wrapped up and closed which means more injuries to talk about. Here is week 6 injury talk;

First up this week is the Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen injured his right elbow when it was hit. Allen stayed in for one more play before leaving the game and not returning. He did not speak to reporters in the locker room after the game.  If Allen cannot play next Sunday in Indianapolis, the Bills would have to decide between Nathan Peterman  and veteran Derek Anderson, signed last week.

Next up is the Oakland Raiders. Amari Cooper suffered a concussion early in the second quarter of the Raiders’ 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, after taking a vicious hit.  Cooper missed a game last season with a concussion after sustaining a similar hit. Fellow wideout Seth Roberts was also knocked out of the game with a concussion.The hits didn’t stop in the wide receiver group for Oakland. The Raiders also lost left guard Jon Feliciano, starting in place of injured Pro Bowler Kelechi Osemele, to a rib injury in the second quarter. Quarterback Derek Carr was shaken up on his sixth and final sack of the game, when his left  shoulder was pounded into the Wembley Stadium pitch. Both Carr and head coach Jon Gruden said they did not expect the injury to be serious ; “It just was a little bruise,” Carr claimed. The Raiders are and with the Raiders’ bye next week, that will give all the injured players more time to heal.

Los Angeles Rams Cooper Kupp suffered a knee injury in the first half, but returned and started in the second half before the training staff decieded it would be in Kupp’s best interest to sit for the remainder of the game. Kupp said afterward that he would undergo further testing to determine the extent of his injury.

New York Jets Quincy Enunwa wil undergo a MRI , after injuring his right ankle in the second quarter of the win over the Colts and missing the remainder of the game. His replacement, Terrelle Pryor  also got banged up with a groin injury, so the Jets could be shorthanded when they face the Vikings at home in Week 7.

Baltimore Ravens Alex Lewis suffered a neck injury and was carted off the field in a stretcher in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Lewis was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for further examination but was moving all of his extremities, according to a Ravens spokesperson. He was released from the hospital after evaluation and will fly back to Baltimore with the team. “So far, so good,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “There is a lot of optimism.” With  Lewis out the Ravens will replace him with rookie  Bradley Bozeman.

Dallas Cowboys Tavon  Austin left the game against Jacksonville in the second half with a groin strain, and it’s an injury that might be problematic for the state of the receiver group. Brice Butler was inactive because of a groin injury that cropped up in practice. Deonte Thompson was a late add to the injury report last week with a hamstring strain.  If he needs some time off, rookie Michael Gallup could see a bigger role.

Philadelphia Eagles Starting left tackle Jason Peters suffered a biceps injury Thursday against the Giants. He was replaced in the lineup by Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Coach Doug Pederson said the early news is “positive,” but they’re awaiting further testing.

Jacksonville Jaguars Niles Paul is out. The Jags were already thin at tight end after Austin Seferian-Jenkins went on injury reserve last week with a core muscle injury, and then lost Niles Paul in the first half of Sunday’s loss. He left the locker room on crutches and with his left leg in a brace. That leaves James O’Shaughnessy and David Grinnage at the position, the latter of whom played in his first NFL game on Sunday. The Jaguars will have to find help before Sunday’s game at Houston.

Arizona Cardinals Right guard Justin Pugh, who was among three offensive linemen to leave the game with injuries, broke his left hand. With Pugh and Mike Iupati back issues sidelined, the Cardinals used a guard duo of John Wetzeland Daniel Munyer.

Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield played the entire game, but his ankle will bear watching. Mayfield turned his right ankle stepping on the turf as he ran out of bounds in the first quarter. He is not expected to miss any time, but the team will pay attention to see if the ankle swells or gets worse overnight.

Tennessee Titans Starting outside linebacker Derrick Morgan was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. He left the game in the second quarter and came back after halftime in street clothes. Head coach Mike Vrabel said Morgan will undergo further testing on the injury.

Cincinnati Bengals Nick Vigil injured his left knee in the first quarter, and was on crutches after the game. Vigil is the Bengals’ leading tackler thus far this season, and if he is out for any extended time, the Bengals will likely replace him with Vincent Rey.

Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes is set to undergo an MRI for what the Vikings fear is a torn ACL in his left knee. Hughes’ knee appeared to buckle when dropping back into coverage against Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald midway through the fourth quarter. He exited the game and did not return. If the diagnosis pans out, Minnesota’s cornerback depth will take a major hit.

New York Giants Cody Latimer injured his hamstring covering a punt. Latimer was serving at the Giants’ No. 3 receiver, and his potential fill-in, Russell Shepard, is already dealing with a neck injury.

Atlanta Falcons Calvin Ridley injured an ankle in the first half of Sunday’s matchup with Tampa Bay and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. The Falcons also lost WR Mohamed Sanu to a hip injury on Sunday.

That wraps up this weeks injury talk. Til next week for a new round of injuries.




Week 5 Injury Talk

Kupp and Cook from the Rams

Week 5 has come to a close and with another week down means more injuries as always. Another hand full of key players have fallen. Here is this weeks injury report:

First up is Matt Breida from the 49ers. Breida sustained a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, and did not return. He left the stadium in a walking boot, and though he mentioned that X-rays were negative, he’ll undergo more tests. After Breida’s departure, the 49ers turned to Alfred Morris .

Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp were both lost during the Rams’ win over the Seahawks, due to concussions.  Kupp was evaluated for a concussion in the third quarter before he was ruled out.  The pair was then replaced by Josh Reynolds, a second-year, and KhaDarel Hodge.

The Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he dislocated his shoulder, which is why he didn’t play much in the second half during Monday night’s game at New Orleans. He will undergo an MRI.  He did say after the game he won’t miss any time, but his MRI will determine whether that’s accurate.

The Saints lost their top cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, to a concussion in the first quarter.  They have a bye in Week 6, to their advantage, to give him extra recovery time. And they played surprisingly well in his absence Monday night. But the position is very thin behind him (they lost veteran Patrick Robinson to a broken ankle two weeks ago), so they need Lattimore back as soon as possible.

Dolphins starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil is in the concussion protocol, and his exit from Sunday’s game created a huge shift in Miami’s offensive abilities. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said after the game that his team saw “blood in the water” when backup Sam Young came in the game and struggled while being left on an island. Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he hasn’t decided if they’ll bring in outside help yet if Tunsil can’t be cleared, but he did say it played a big role in Sunday’s loss.

Vikings starting left tackle Riley Reiff injured his foot in the first half and did not return to play. There was no update on Reiff’s status after the game. Even without Reiff, the Vikings’ offensive line, which moved Rashod Hill to left tackle and called rookie Brian O’Neill off the bench to fill in at right tackle, was terrific in pass protection.

Saquon Barkley from the New York Giants felt something wrong in his back after scoring a touchdown that gave the Giants the lead with just over one minute remaining in the loss to Carolina. Barkley said afterward he was fine, as did coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants take on the Eagles on Thursday night.

Cardinals right tackle Andre Smith suffered a hamstring injury late in the third quarter and didn’t return. Coach Steve Wilks didn’t have an update on his status after the game. But this is Smith’s second injury of the season in five weeks, after having missed the last three games with an elbow injury.

Patriots Malcom Brown left Thursday’s game against the Colts with a knee injury and didn’t return. The severity of the injury remains unknown. Without Brown, the Patriots would turn to either Danny Shelton or Adam Butler alongside fellow starter Lawrence Guy.

Panthers Ryan Kalil was injured at the bottom of a pile on a third-and-one play in the fourth quarter, and did not return. He was examined in the sideline tent, where players typically go to be tested for a concussion. Kalil  has a history of neck and shoulder injuries. The good news is that the Panthers have a lot of confidence in Tyler Larsen, who started when Kalil was injured the past two seasons.

Broncos starting left tackle Garett Bolles left the game in the second half with a right ankle injury, and will be evaluated more back in Denver. Starting right tackle Jared Veldheer didn’t play in Sunday’s contest against the Jets because of a knee injury he suffered in the Monday night loss to the Chiefs. That meant Billy Turner and Elijah Wilkinson, both backups, were at the two tackle spots in the fourth quarter, and may have to play against the Rams’ front next Sunday.

Titans Taylor Lewan limped off the field in the second quarter. He was questionable to return with a right foot injury, but did not return to the game. Lewan said his right foot was swollen after last week’s game, and he had the same injury in the season opener last year. At this point, he can’t say whether the injury is a long-term one.

Lat up is Lions Kerryon Johnson injured his ankle in the fourth quarter, but told ESPN he was “fine” after the game and he likely could have re-entered the game if needed.

That is all the new updates on injuries in the NFL. Til next week for Week 6 Injury Talk.

Week 4 Injury Talk

Earl Thomas from Seattle Seahawks leaving game after fracturing leg

Week 4 has come to a close meaning more injuries. Keeping up with all of the new injuries that happened in the NFL here is this weeks injury talk:

First up on this week 4 report is the Seattle Seahawk’s, they are down two players now after the win against the Cardinals. Earl Thomas fractured his left leg half way through the third quarter. There were several Seahawk players knelt around Thomas as medical staff tended to him. The second year free safety Tedric Thompson will take over for Thomas. Seattle is also down rookie tight end Will Dissly. In the first quarter of the game Dissly left with what coach Pete Carroll said to be  a patellar injury. This leaves Nick Vannett as the Seahawks’ only tight end.

Rob Gronkowski New England’s number one tight end left the game in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins. He went to the locker room with an ankle injury and never returned spending the rest of the game in the locker room. There was no official word on the severity of the injury. Gronkowski did not hold his usual post game news conference. New England is likely to turn to Dwayne Allen who is their top back up, while No. 3 option Jacob Hollister has missed the past two games with a chest injury.

Cincinnati Bengals loses tight end Tyler Eifert in the game against the Falcons. Eifert broke is right ankle and will have to have surgery on it, meaning his season is now over. This is the 3rd straight season he has gone down with an injury. Bengals will likely activate Mashon Schreck on game game days to play in three-tight-end sets with Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah.

Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars left the game Sunday  with hamstring tightness. This is a concern because he has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Injuries like that an tend to linger and the Jaguars are going to have to be careful with Fournette so it does not become an injury they are dealing with all season.

Will Fuller wide receiver for Houston Texans left Sunday’s game against the Colts with a Hamstring injury. He missed time in the preseason and week 1 game because of the same injury. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said he thinks Fuller could have played in the second half, “but he wasn’t going to be able to run all of the routes we needed him to run; Fuller wanted to be in there, but I made that decision,” O’Brien added; If Fuller can not play against the Giants then expect to see Deshaun Watson.

Titans are another team down two players after week 4.  Wesley Woodyard injured is shoulder early in the first quarter of the game when he and safety Kenny Vaccaro collided when they tackled Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. He came out of the game and remained on the sideline the rest of the time. Kenny Vaccaro injured his right elbow just before halftime as he tackled Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood. He left the game in serious pain and went directly into the locker room with the training staff. He was in the locker room after the game with a sling on his right arm.

For the second week in a row Donald Penn from the Oakland Raiders was lost for the game due to injury. A strained groin suffered in the third quarter sidelined him against the Browns. he was replaced with rookie Brandon Parker, and he might be pressed into action next week against the Chargers. Last week he was taken out in the first half against Miami for suffering from concussion like symptoms; he was replaced with T.J. Clemmings.

O.J. Howard of Tampa Bay Buccaneers left the game with a knee injury and did not return. Buccanneers head coach Dirk Koetter didn’t have much more information about Howards injury in his postgame news conference, any absence could be a real issue. Howard will undergo an MRI on the injured knee to evaluate the injury.

San Fancisco lost Joe Staley after he suffered a left knee injury in the first half of Sunday’s game that kept him out the rest of the game. After the game, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said he was unsure of the severity of Staley’s injury. There will be additional testing done, though Staley did walk out of the stadium, with neither crutches nor a walking boot. Veteran Garry Gilliam replaced Staley against the Chargers.

Browns are potentially down Terrance Mitchell for the season with a fractured forearm. Mitchell was playing very well opposite Denzel Ward, and the Browns did struggled after he was sidelined.  E.J. Gaines and T.J. Carrie took turns playing corner while Mitchell was out.

A groin injury took out Bills safety Michah Hyde. He sustained the injury in the first quarter and he declined to speak to reporters in the locker room after the game. If need be Rafael Bush would step in as the replacement.

Packers Geronimo Allison  sustained a concussion in the second half of the game against the Bills. He will be in the concussion protocol. He has had at least one other known concussion in his three year NFL career.

T.J. Lang of the Detroit Lions left the game in the first quarter with a concussion. He did not return to the game, it is his fifth or sixth concussion of Lang’s career. It is times like this where after a certain number of concussions the team should put a limit on how much play time the player gets or if they should even continue playing for their own safety. As with any other concussion he will have to under go the concussion protocol before returning to game play.

The Cowboys have David Irving coming back from four-game suspension should be a good thing. They are now down Antwaun Woods who had been playing through a groin injury he was knocked out of the game Sunday with a calf injury. After the game the team was unsure if Woods would be able to play or not next week against Huston. Irving is eligible to play in practice again. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins should be closer to return from a knee injury after missing the past two games.

Atlanta Falcons are now down Grady Jarrett. He left the game with a left ankle injury. His status is unclear heading into the next week.



Week 3 Injury Talk

49ers Quarter back Jimmy Garoppolo

Another week in the books for this NFL season, so that means more injuries. If you are a 49ers fan you are coming out of week 3 with heavy hearts after losing multiple key players to big injuries. Covering all the new injuries that happen this week to prep for week 4 here is the week 3 injuries:

The 49ers are now down 2 key players to their roster. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and corner-back Richard Sherman both went down in this weeks match up against Kansas City. Garoppolo sustained a left knee injury, the team was concerned that is was a torn ACL on Sunday. Monday it was confirmed a torn ACL and his season is now over. In his place the 49ers are relying on second year C.J. Beathard to take over. Sherman sustained a calf/heel injury. It cost him most of the game and was seen leaving the locker room with a boot on his left foot. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell went down after suffering a right ankle injury. He was already dealing with soreness in his right knee. They will be cautious with him this week.

Muhammad Wilkerson of the Packers was taken to a local hospital after what seemed to be a serious ankle injury. He may be done for the season. While out the packers will split up the work between Dean Lowry and Montravius Adams.

The Rams lose both Marcus Peters and Aquib Talib to ankle injuries Sunday. Peters left the locker room with a boot on his right foot.  Talib left the  locker room with a walking boot on his left foot. Rams head coach Sean McVay said he is unsure of the extent of their injuries and is unsure if they will be ready to play on Thursday.

In the third quarter Bengals wide reciver A.J. Green left the game with a groin injury. He did not return to the game even though he was not ruled out. Green said he landed hard on his hip and said he should be fine to play next week.

New York Giants are down tight end Evan Engram. He left the game in the second quarter after taking a low hit. According to him he said it just “didn’t feel right.” There will be further testing done to determine his injury.

Vikings lose Trae Wyanes in the first quarter against buffalo. He will be getting an MRI to  look further into the injury to his right ankle. The rookie Mike Hughes entered the game as his replacement.

The Falcons are dealing with another major injury concern. Ricardo Allen had suffered what appeared to be a bad left leg injury. The team called it a calf injury. After further testing on Monday it was ruled a torn Achilles tendon, Allen is done for the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chris Conte has aggravated his knee injury that he has been dealing with all week. He left the game and did not return, Isaiah Johnson left the game as well with a shoulder injury when he collided with the wall in the back of the end zone. Meaning they would only have two healthy safeties, Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead.

Denver Broncos are next on the list of injuries. They lost Tramaine Brock in the first half of the game and did not return. He suffered a groin injury and is expected to miss some practice time.

Chiefs Dee Ford in another player to suffer from a groin injury this week. He will undergo a MRI to reveal the extent of the injury. As his replacement the chiefs will turn to second round pick Breeland Speaks.

Senio Kelemete  from the Houston Texans injured his knee in warm-ups and never played in the game. If he ends up missing significant time Greg Mancz will fill in his spot. The Texans are already lost Seantrel Henderson for the season with his ankle injury.

Morgan Moses the right tackle for Washington Redskins left the game in the first half due to a concussion.  he was then replaced with Ty Nsekhe. After the game Moses was walking around and talking to other players. He will have to under go the concussion protocol before returning, luckily the Redskins have a bye week so he has time to pass before their next match up on October 8 against New Orleans.

Miami lost William Hayes and Andre Branch to game ending knee injuries. Branch suffered a left knee injury while Hayes suffered a right knee injury. 2017 first-round pick Charles Harris stepped  after the two veterans left. Losing both of these guys will be significant, as defensive line depth was one of Miami’s biggest strengths.

Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted off the field with a left ankle injury and did not return to the game. This is a big blow for the Saints’ pass defense, which has strongly struggled this season.

Philadelphia lost Rodney McLeod to a left knee injury in the game against the Colts. Teammate Jalen Mills who accidentally laid a direct hit to that left leg. Despite the injury McLeod seemed to be upbeat when speaking to the reporters after the game.

Last up for this weeks injury talk is quarter back Tyrod Taylor of the Cleveland Browns. He also suffered a concussion in the games against the Jets. Baker Mayfield replaced him in the game. Taylor is expected to clear concussion protocol in no time.

That is all the new injuries in the NFL  for week 3. Week 4 is up next and as always there will be more injuries and more things to talk about.

Week 2 Injury Talk

LeSean McCoy leaving game in the third quarter of Sunday’s game

Another week in the NFL has gone by so that means more injuries to talk about. Here is the big injuries week 2 has brought up:

First up is LeSean McCoy from the Buffalo Bills suffered a rib injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. After center Ryan Groy fell on McCoy’s midsection as he was being tackled. McCoy had returned to the game for one rush but did not re-enter afterward and was later announced as questionable to return. McCoy declined an interview after the game, saying his rib injury made it difficult to talk.. If he is unable to play in the week 3 match up Sunday against the Vikings, the Bills would likely turn to Marcus Murphy as their lead back.

Cincinnati is down running back Joe Mixon after he had a procedure Saturday to clean up some loose particles in his knee, a result of an old injury that was never addressed.  He will be missing a few weeks of game play. The procedure went well, but while Mixon recovers, expect Cincinnati to use Giovani Bernard as his replacement.

The Ravens lose C.J. Mosley after he injured his knee on the first drive of Thursday’s win against the Bengals and didn’t return. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise, and the MRI revealed no ligament damage. Coach John Harbaugh said, “It doesn’t look to be long-term; We’ll just have to see how it responds the next couple of days. The good thing is we have a long week (10 days until next game). I don’t know if that means he’ll be ready for Denver or not.”

Dalvin Cook of the Vikings is out after suffering a hamstring injury in overtime Sunday against the Packers.  He was sidelined and did not return to the game, it looks to be no concerned, after the game he said it was related to a cramp.

Philadelphia Eagles are down one player after the loss Sunday to the Buccaneers. Wide receiver Mike Wallace is out after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday. He was seen walking around with a boot it could be a long term injury. Alshon Jeffery is out with a shoulder injury but should be back soon, but they still need help and they will either use Shelton Gibson or someone who is not yet on the roster if Wallance is out for an extended amount of time.

Los Angeles Rams are down Greg Zuerlein. He was sidelined right before the game against the Arizona Cardinals. The rams had to improvise during the game without a true place-kicker. Following the win the Rams are still unsure about Zuerlein’s return going forward.

Darius Slay of the Lions left Sunday’s game against San Francisco with a concussion and was then ruled out of play. This is the second time in a week Slay had been examined for a concussion. He was cleared to return to playing after going through tests in Monday’s opener against the Jets.

Green Bay Packers lost Kevin King, he did not play in the second half after he suffered a groin injury. King, remained on the sideline but never re-entered the game. There was no immediate update on his status after the game.

Jaguars OT Cam Robinson left with a knee injury in the first half, and left the postgame locker room on crutches with his leg in a brace. That doesn’t sit well for Sunday’s game against Tennessee. Fourth-year player Josh Wells stepped in for Robinson and played well and would get the starting potion as long as Robinson is out.

New England is down two players this week after the loss to the Jaguars.Patrick Chung  who was serving as the Pats’ primary punt returner got a concussion late in the first half and did not return. Chung was replaced by Duron Harmon at safety. Along with DE Trey Flowers who also sustained a concussion is out. After the Jaguars opening drive Flowers left the game and did not return. The Patriots are going to heavily rely on Keionta Davis and Deatrich Wise Jr. as their top defensive ends until Flowers return.

Last up on Week 2 Injury Talk is Jared Veldheer. The Broncos lost Veldheer in the third quarter against the Raiders after he suffered a concussion. He will have to pass the NFL concussion protocol before being able to return to game play.

That completes week 2 injuries, come back next week for week 3 updates. Till next week when more injuries happen.


ACL Tear? Road to Recovery.

Anatomical View of Ligaments in the Knee

As an athlete or a sports fan you don’t want to hear the words “torn ACL” it writes the end of the season. ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament, it is in the middle of the knee and it prevents the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone. Tearing the ACL can happen with a few different movements such as, getting hit very hard on the side of the knee, overextending the knee joint, or quickly stop moving and change direction while running, landing from a jump, or turning. The most common sports that this injury occurs are basketball, football, soccer, and skiing.  This is going to talk about what happens when an ACL injury happens from signs all the way to the recovery process.

To start off lets talk about the anatomy of the knee, there are three bones that form the knee joint. those bones are the thighbone (femur),  shinbone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella). The kneecap is to provide protection to the joint. There are other ligaments in the knee to keep it stable there are the collateral ligaments and the cruciate ligaments.  The two collateral ligaments are found on the sides of the knee, the medial collateral ligament is on the inside and the lateral collateral ligament is on the outside. These control the sideways motion that the knee does and braces it for unusual movements. Then the cruciate ligaments are found on the inside of the knee and form a “X” with the anterior cruciate ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament.

There are levels to how bad the injury is. About half of the injuries that happen to the ACL also occurs with damage to the other structures in the knee. there are three grades of sprains that can happen at the time of injury. Grade 1 sprain the ligament is mildly damaged and has been stretched but can still help keep the knee joint stable. During a grade 2 sprain the ligament has been stretched to the point where it becomes lose. This is also referred to as a partial tear of the ligament. Then lastly there is the grade 3 sprain this is known as the complete tear of the ligament. The ligament is split into two and the knee has become unstable at this point. Having a partial tear is not common most of the time there is a complete tear or near complete tear of the ligament.

Next to talk about is the ways this injury can occur. There are several different ways that this can happen. Theses ways inclued changing direction quickly, stopping suddenly, slowing down while running, landing from a jump the wrong way, or direct contact or collision. There have been studies that have shown female athletes to be more prone to this injury than male athletes in some sports. This due to the different physical conditioning, muscular strength, and neuromuscular control.

There are a few different types of symptoms one can experience during this injury. The most common symptom people experience is a popping sound and possibly feel the knee give out on the person. Other symptoms include pain with swelling, within 24 hours the knee will start to swell. If ignored the pain and swelling may go away on its own, but if a person tried to return to sports then their knee would still be unstable and run the risk of further damage to the cushioning cartilage (meniscus) of the knee. Other symptoms are loss of full range of motion, tenderness along the joint line, and discomfort walking.

The next step would be to go to a doctor and get an examination. The doctor will order for imaging testing and take a physical examination and patient history. The image testing will include either X-rays or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An X-ray will not show damage done to the ACL. All an X-ray will show is if the injury is associated with a broken bone whereas a MRI will show images of soft tissues.

Treatment for this injury can be a few different options as well. Depending on the lifestyle of the person would determine the treatment they can follow through with. If someone does not life a very active lifestyle they can go the nonsurgical route but if someone is more active then they should take the surgical route in order to return to doing their activity safely. The nonsurgical way works best for elderly or low activity level people who have stability in their knee still. Bracing and physical therapy are the two way this can be done. A brace will help stabilize the knee and for further protection crutches maybe given to keep weight off the knee. Physical therapy will provide exercises to restore function to the knee and strengthen the leg muscles that support it. Then there is the surgical route to rebuild the ligament. Most ACL tears cannot be stitched back together. In order to rebuild the ACL the doctor will replace the torn ligament with a tissue graft. This graft acts as a building block for a new ligament to grow on. There are a few ways for the graft to be made. Often they are taken from the patellar tendon, which runs between the kneecap and the shinbone, Hamstring tendons at the back of the thigh, sometimes a quadriceps tendon, which runs from the kneecap into the thigh, and finally a cadaver graft  can be used.There can be advantages and disadvantages to all of the graft types. The pateint should discuss graft choices with their orthopaedic surgeon to help determine which is best for them. Surgery to rebuild an ACL is done with an arthroscope using small incisions, it is less invasive. The benefits of the less invasive surgery include less pain from surgery, less time spent in the hospital, and quicker recovery times.

The last thing to talk about is rehabilitation. It is a very important role in the recovery process weather or not a person has surgery or not. Because the regrowth takes time, it may be six months or more before an athlete can return to sports after surgery.If the person has surgery, physical therapy first focuses on returning motion to the joint and surrounding muscles. This is followed by a strengthening program designed to help protect the new ligament. The final phase of rehabilitation is aimed at a functional return tailored for the persons daily life activities.


Week 1 Injury Talk

Delanie Walker carted off after injury

It is now September which means it is also now football season. The NFL is back and in full swing, but with the NFL being back means so are the injuries. Week 1 has brought forth injuries already.  Some injuries are questionable for week 2 and others are out for the season. Keeping you up to date on your favorite team or helping you figure out the next players to put on for your fantasy team we got you covered.

To start off Falcon Safety, Keanu Neal is out for the season after tearing his ACL during the loss to the Eagles. There is already talk of finding his immediate replacement. The Falcons head coach mentioned Domontae Kazee, Jordan Richards, and Brain Poole as candidates. Kazee had standout performance during the preseason with play making abilities.

The Titans are down 3 players following the lose to the Miami Dolphins. Tight End Delanie Walker was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an air cast on his left leg. After being tackled by Dolphins safety T.J McDonald, Walker went down awkwardly. He will likely be out for sometime there has been no update on his return. Next is QB Marcus Mariota, the starting quarterback was removed from the game after suffering an injury to his elbow earlier in the game on a hit by Defensive End William Hayes. The hit reportedly caused Mariota to lose feeling in his hand but after the game he said he was fine. He is likely to play in week 2. Lastly,  OT Taylor Lewan is out after a hard hit by Dolphins defensive lineman Andre Branch during an interception return. He was ruled out due to a concussion. In order to return he must go through the concussion protocol which makes him questionable for week 2.

The Seattle Seahawks are down No. 1 receiver Doug Baldwin. On Sunday he left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury before returning. He was then ruled out early in the third quarter with a sprained MCL in his right knee. During summer training camp Baldwin missed a month after suffering an injury to his left knee. Coach Pete Carroll says he is unsure of when Baldwin will return but it was a good sign he was able to return to the game even if it was for a short period of time. If Baldwin’s injury forces him to miss time then Brandon Marshall is a receiver that would be gaining more play time in his place.

Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is out with a concussion. He left the game late in the fourth after catching a 35-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick but fell hard when he took a hit from  Saints  Corner Back Ken Crawley. He will have to undergo the NFL concussion protocol before returning to play.

Carolina Panthers are down Greg Olsen after suffering a foot injury in the first quarter Sunday against Dallas. He was ruled out the rest of the game. During the second half he returned on the sideline with crutches and boot. It is unsure how much time Olsen will miss, he declined to make a comment after the game,

During the win against the Giants running back Leonard Fournette from the Jaguars left the game in the first half because of a left ankle injury. Coach Doug Marrone is optimistic about his return due to the fact that this is an injury that he has had before so he knows how to deal with it. He is questionable for play in week 2 against  New England.

Trae Waynes is out with a knee injury after Sunday’s game against the 49ers. the Vikings are now dealing with the issue of being ran thin at cornerback with the absence of Mackensie Alexander being out due to an ankle injury. The severity of the injury is unknown he is still questionable but is suspected to practice. the Vikings are relying on rookie Mike Hughes.

Texans lost their starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson on Thursday in the loss to the Patriots to what coach Bill O’Brien called a “significant injury” . He is out with an ankle injury and is on injury reserve right now as of Tuesday. This is a problem due to the fact that their offensive line was already struggling.

Dallas is down Randy Gregory after suffering a concussion in the second quarter. He did not return to the game and is now in concussion protocol.  He is likely to miss week 2 match up against the Giants.

On Sunday Pittsburgh cornerback Joe Haden suffered a hamstring injury against the Browns. Still unsure of the severity of the injury. The Steelers will need Cameron Sutton to prepare as a starter for week 2.

Last up for this weeks injury report is Jeremy Hill from the Patriots. Hill left the game in the third quarter after taking a hit to his right knee. The Patriots ruled him out the rest of the game and it may indicate that the injury is more serious than thought. He is currently on injury reserve.

That is all for this weeks injury talk. There will be more updates on injuries next week following the conclusion of week 2. There will be talk on new injuries along with updates on these current ones as far as if players are back or will be out longer.



New “Lowering of the Helmet” Rule, Good or Bad?

Sanders Sorensen tackle

Every year before the start of the NFL season you may hear about new rules that are coming into to effect for that season. This season it is the newly updated helmet to helmet rule, or targeting. Targeting in the NFL has been an issue that the league has been trying to get under control in order to protect the athletes. Lowering of the helmet not only effects the person dropping their head but the person they are hitting.  There is no need for a player to have to drop their helmet in order to get through the defense or to get a player down.  The game of football will be changed with the  ban that has been but into place.  The rule states that it is going from situational protection to all players at all times. Along with that the rule passed will flag a player for a 15-yard penalty if he lowers his head to initiate and makes contact with his helmet against an opponent, on any part of the field in any type of play. Some players such as  Richard Sherman he feels as if it is an idiotic rule that needs to be dismissed. There are also others who feel the same. Coming from an athletic training point of view the new rule is a smart idea and it is something that needs to be enforced throughout the season.




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