Reading around the net over the last couple weeks, I notice that people blame a lot of things for losses. Penalties. Clock management (or mismanagement). Schemes. Execution. All true, all very valid points, but I seldom see that "availability" is put into the headlines after a Sunday loss.
It's a surprising fact that injuries don't go up significantly from week to week in the NFL. Fatigue is a factor and the raw numbers go up, but with a week between games and year-round conditioning, all the hullaballoo around the 18-game schedule isn't about playing longer, but merely playing more games. Talk that the NFL will insert more bye weeks doesn't work if the goal is to reduce injuries. Doing that requires a lot of hard work, a committment to doing the things that we know can reduce the incidence and severity of injuries, and a little luck.
We're never going to eliminate injuries in the NFL and I don't think we'd want to. The idea of "next man up" or the underdog, ala
I'll not only be back on Sunday morning with the Med Check, but I'm filling in for a vacationing
"Only a bruise" sounds like a great thing for
A strain is, by definition, a tearing of muscle or tendon. I realize that what most people mean by "tear" is actually "rupture," which is a complete tearing of the muscle. I also realize that no matter how many times I say this, people are still going to confuse the terms. (Thanks to my pal
The Lions are still hoping -- or at least putting out there -- that
Speaking of spatting, we also saw that this week with
We'll never know if
You can be glass half full or glass half empty with
"Stinger" doesn't sound like much. It's an injury like "turf toe" where the description doesn't give any indication of the real severity or the very real pain. A stinger is actually a nerve injury where the nerve that comes out of the spine and down the arm is stretched. The head goes one way, the arm/shoulder goes the other, and there's a pain that shoots down the arm, usually with some transient weakness. There's enough slack in the nerve that it's seldom a tear, which would be a devastating injury, but the cumulative effect can be much the same. For a QB, it's the transient weakness that's the proximal issue, but it's really getting hit at all that's the problem. The Vikings are going to have to keep the heavy rushers off Favre, both to prevent more stingers and to keep that ankle healthy. I'm not sure if having the bye week this early isn't going to work against Favre. If you're unsure how serious this problem can be,