Football is Back and So Are The Injuries


Dr. Beth Sullivann  Aug 9th, 2019

Football is back. Unfortunately, so are the injuries. Football actually began with the Hall of Fame game but Thursday marked the first day with multiple games and despite many starters being held out by their teams, there were a number of notable injuries.

The Detroit Lions offseason signee Jermaine Kearse injury occurred just five plays into the Lions 2019 preseason. Kearse exited the field on a cart after suffering a lower leg fracture when his leg was rolled up on by a defender while blocking on a run play. Based on the video of the play the injury is significant and he will spend the 2019 season on the sidelines as he recovers.


If as I suspect based on the video evidence, he broke both bones in his lower leg, commonly known as a tib-fib fracture, he will be sidelined for about four months while the broken bones heal. As is often the case in this type of injury, the fracture of both bones leaves the ankle unstable and injuries to the ligaments in the ankle often occur when the bones break. The ankle injury will lengthen the recovery time and rehab will be lengthy because it will restore the muscle strength in the lower leg and range of motion in the ankle. When all is said and done, and to ensure maximum chance of full recovery, the 2019 season for Kearse will be short and oh so bittersweet.

Second Year Houston Texans’ wide receiver Keke Coutee suffered an ankle injury on a punt return.


No official update has been received, however, based on the video it appears that he may have suffered a grade one or mild grade two high ankle sprain. If you would like to understand the difference, check out my article on sprains and strains. Since high ankle sprains are more involved and take longer to heal than simple low ankle sprains the average return to participation for all is about six weeks. The time range for this type of injury varies from four weeks to as much as three or four months.

Nate Sudfeld, Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback suffered a FOOSH injury to his left wrist Thursday night. A FOOSH injury is a wrist injury that occurs when a person falls and tries to brace their fall with an outstretched hand and arm. When the arm attempts to support the full weight and isn’t able to, the bone breaks.


The video shows how he tries to brace his fall by extending his arm out behind his back. The force of the fall and the additional weight of the defender was too much for the bones in the wrist to stand up to. After surgery today he will begin light physical therapy to help with range of motion of the fingers and limiting subacute swelling at the site of injury.


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