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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