Eagles' quarterback flip-flop muddles NFL's injury message
Another week, another set of circumstances that shows the NFL has a long way to go before every team is on the same page in handling injuries in a responsible manner.
I'm having a hard time with the Kolb benching. I'll leave it to other writers to explain the football reasons, but not only did
On the other side of this issue is Witten. He was seen arguing with the medical staff after they pulled his helmet and didn't allow him to come back into last Sunday's game. His words -- "We could lose if I'm not in there" -- are precisely why NFL teams need strong trainers and doctors. Witten could have been much
The question I got most this week was variations on "How do you come back in six weeks from a broken leg?" Well, the leg isn't a bone. There are four major bones of the leg: the femur in the upper leg (thigh), the patella (kneecap), the tibia (shin) ... and then there's what Bush fractured. As you can see
This is serious -- a fracture is a fracture -- but a bit lower and Bush could have had much more of an issue with his ankle, where there are smaller bones, ligaments and tendons. With modern techniques, including bone stimulators and pharmaceuticals, players can come back from fractures much more quickly than just a decade ago. For Bush, the question is function. He's as pure a speed player as there is at RB and losing even a bit of that will cost him some value. With a series of leg injuries, Bush is potentially showing some sort of injury cascade, where one problem leads to another. Did his knee issues make him just a bit more likely to do this? Will this problem lead to another? It's impossible to say with any certainty, but we've gone from seeing where Bush could get back to being what the Saints drafted him to be, to being back where he was in 2008.
The idea that Bush could come back in four to six weeks is true, but ... what will he be in six weeks? Looking back to early last season gives us some indication. Over the next two months, the Saints will need to find some way of replacing Bush's targets and touches, but
The Chargers really downplayed the injury to Mathews after Week 2, which allowed everyone to focus more on his early fumbling issues. By Wednesday, when Mathews wasn't practicing, concern went up. When he admitted on Thursday that he had a high ankle sprain, things became outright troubling. A high ankle sprain, even a low-grade one as Mathews apparently has, gives a few separate problems for a player and a medical staff. It tends to linger, is very tough to read, and has a high recurrence rate. While Mathews' injury is a low-grade sprain, it is going to be an issue even if he does get ready for Sunday. We'll have to watch the practice reports and question whether
The Texans look like real contenders after two big wins in the first two weeks of the season. The keys, of course, will be keeping Johnson and
Yes, players who don't go to camp do have a higher rate of injury. It's small, but it's real. Of course, that comes from an older study, one that might not mesh up with the 12-month schedule, personal trainers and all the accoutrements of the modern NFL player. Revis coming up lame with a mid-grade (I/II) hamstring strain has many looking for the cause, but it's not really available. Revis' strain was a known quantity going into Week 2 and seemed most taxed by explosive activities. On the one-handed TD catch by
Harvin is already dealing with a strained hip, so the re-emergence of his migraines on Wednesday just complicates things. Harvin's problems focus on the hip flexor, but there's concern about whether the structure is sound. In Week 2, Harvin was involved in a tough-to-read situation that saw his foot hit as he was in the air, which whipped the foot out and put a lot of pressure on the hip joint. Harvin reportedly also had a direct hit to the area, but in re-watching the video of that play, slow motion shows just how quickly the forces stopped in the hip. That kind of movement can be as devastating as the one that ended
Dixon's season is effectively over, but not because of his injury. The now-former Steelers starter suffered a tear to the lateral meniscus and likely some associated sprains of the knee, and will be out around a month. The estimates are three to six weeks, but with Dixon's history and the return of
Someone asked me on Tuesday -- while I was flying -- why Faulk couldn't come back if