Dr. Sullivan’s NFL Week 2 Medical Report Part 2by Beth Sullivan September 24, 2020 0 comments
In Part 1 of this injury report, I covered the multiple knee injuries suffered during week 2 of the NFL season. If you want to check it out you can do so here. Today I will cover the rest of the injuries suffered last week,
Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor suffered a UCL tear in his thumb during the Eagles’ Week 2 loss. This is similar to the injury suffered by Drew Brees last year and Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2015. He has not been placed on IR yet with or without surgery, the injury can take 6-8 weeks or more to heal. Reagor will need physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the hand. He could be fitted with a padded cast although how he would be able to perform with that type of device is unknown.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers, and Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
McCaffrey and Garoppolo suffered high ankle sprains on Sunday. McCaffrey was told that he could expect to miss 4-6 weeks so I assume he suffered a Grade I sprain. The same is true for Garoppolo despite a time frame for his return not being disclosed.
A Level I high ankle sprain is considered a stable injury and requires 4-6 weeks of conservative therapy before returning to participation. A Level II high ankle sprain generally takes 8-12 weeks to completely heal and allow a return to participation. Persistent pain or swelling after the initial rehabilitative period may require more aggressive treatment. A level III High Ankle Sprain usually requires surgery to stabilize the bones of the lower extremity and allow the interosseous membrane to heal. A level 3 injury can take 6-12 months to completely heal and is usually season-ending when it occurs.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Taylor suffered a rib fracture in their Week 1 game. The Chargers team doctor attempted to give him an injection to relieve pain before the game on Sunday. Taylor suffered a punctured lung when the doctor stuck the needle into the chest too far. The competence of the doctor is a discussion for another day. Taylor will miss 6-8 weeks as he heals from this injury caused while trying to deal with the fractured rib.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Adams suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday, Hamstring injuries are the second most common injury in the NFL each season. Each team experiences an average of 6-7 injuries each season and reinjury occurs more often than the initial injury. You can read more about this common injury in my previous article on hamstring injuries here. That being said, if it is a mild strain then Adams is looking at 1-3 weeks to return.
Malik Hooker, S, Indianapolis Colts
Hooker’s bad luck on the injury front continued in Week 2. He has had many significant injuries over his career. The one from Sunday is season-ending and will take on average 9-12 months for a full recovery. If you want to read more about this injury please check out my previous piece on the subject here.
Byron Jones, CB, Miami Dolphins
Jones suffered a groin strain on Sunday and has been ruled out of the Dolphins Thursday night game against the Jags. In the case of a simple Grade I strain the normal recovery time is 1-3 weeks. His status for next week will depend on how his treatment goes and whether he can practice next week.
Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos
Lock suffered a severe rotator cuff strain and labral injury against the Steelers on Sunday. The injury was to his throwing shoulder and will sideline him for 4-6 weeks. More information on the labral injury can be found here. The time for recovery from this type of injury is related to restoring range of motion and controlling pain.
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Akers suffered a rib cartilage injury and will miss the Week 3 game. Rib fractures heal in a couple of weeks, where cartilage injuries sometimes linger for up to six weeks. Pain control is the hallmark in treating these injuries. As I detailed above, an injection can sometimes help with this but as I discussed with Taylor, the injection is not without risk too.
Anthony Barr, LB, Minnesota Vikings
Barr suffered a torn pectoral muscle and his 2020 season is over. He will have surgery to repair the tear and then rehab and his full recovery should take 3-4 months.
Breshad Perriman, WR, New York Jets
Perriman will miss Week 3 with a low ankle sprain. The key to recovery from this is the reduction of pain and swelling in the ankle. In a simple Grade I sprain the normal recovery time is 1-3 weeks. The hallmarks of treatment for this type of injury rely on R.I.C.E. or rest, ice, compression, and elevation. His status for Week 4 will depend on how his body heals and deals with the pain and swelling.
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