Super Bowl Injury Report : Rams-Patriots Injury Free Going Into The Super Bowl, Pro Bowl Alternatives, Ed Hochuli Speaks Out On Player Safety

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2018- 2019 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  

The strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd.  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  

Dr. Wazim Buksh "Waz" is the newest member to the Heads 'N Tales team and has been a long time friend of mine.   Waz will serve as the medical expert in these recordings to give you the most realistic expectations for when your favorite players go down with an injury and what their road to recovery will look like.  Dr. Buksh is board certified in both Internal and Sports Medicine. Waz completed his sports medicine fellowship with the New York Jets medical staff in 2014.

Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Super Bowl Week of the 2018 season!

Injuries from AFC & NFC Championship Games:

Rams and Patriots might not have anyone on injury report for Super Bowl!

Gronk blocking Like a beast and making plays through the air:

Thoughts on Overtime rules - Good for the game? Good for player safety?:

Letting the boys play this past weekend (player safety thrown out the window in championship games)

Hit on Saints TE Josh Hill

Controversial Rams-Saints call also player safety missed call on defenseless receiver:

Rams Injuries:


Todd Gurley Comments

#NFLWayToPlay Player of the week for the Divisional Round Games:

#NFLWayToPlay Player of the week for the Championship Round Games:

Thoughts for Alternatives to the Pro Bowl:

Juju injury

NFL Obesity Post Career:

Alex Smith Sighting:

“Hochuli joined the "Always Aggravated Podcast" hosted by Detroit radio personality Mike Valenti in his first interview since his retirement from the NFL after turning down all other media appearances in recent months.”

"I’m sorry, but I completely disagree. We have absolutely not gone too far," he said. "The players have gotten bigger -- I go back, I started in 1990. They’ve gotten bigger and faster and stronger. I worked over 600 games in the NFL, and there wasn’t a single game right up to the very last one that there weren’t a half a dozen times in that game (where) I said, 'Oh my god, how’s that guy gonna get up off the ground? He’s gotta be dead.' And they hop up and they go back to the huddle. It’s a collision sport, and we’ve got to protect them. We’ve got to protect them."

"The same thing is happening with roughing the passer. At the beginning of this year there was a huge outcry on a few particular roughing-the-passer plays for this bodyweight rule change. Now we watch the video, and time after time after time the guy gets the sack and as he’s going down he rolls to the side instead of coming down with his full bodyweight on top of the quarterback. It changes and it makes it safer, so I really have to beg to differ. I don’t think we've gone too far. I think that it’s wonderful that rules change for player safety, otherwise the game couldn’t survive."

NFL Viewership Up in 2018:

Other Stats:

Concussions decreased by 29% in 2018 Season:

Super Bowl Picks:

Josh - Patriots

Kevin - Patriots

Dr. Waz - Rams

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