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 Week 14 of the 2018 season!
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Ribs (Returned)
Ben Roethlisberger said he expects to play next Sunday vs. Patriots, despite his rib injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 10, 2018
X-rays on Lamar Jackson’s ankle were negative and he expects to play next Sunday vs. Bucs.
Ryan Tannehill was limping postgame with right ankle injury.
Jordan Reed sprained his foot.
There is most likely more to this story that we will never find out….
Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Ankle (Returned)
Dr. Waz’s Prognosis : Inversion injury - returned - at the end of the game he was limping - not surprising - once you stop moving or take off shoe, ankle swells and become stiff and harder to walk. Will likely be taped well and play this week.
Washington Redskins: Jordan Reed, TE, Foot
Lamar Jackson: Baltimore Ravens, QB, Ankle
Los Angeles Chargers: Austin Eckler, RB: possible concussion?
Denver Broncos: Emmanuel Sanders, WR: Out for the year with torn Achilles
Alex Smith’s Complications From Surgery:
“Before this season, concussions were five times as likely to occur on kickoffs than the average run or pass play, making it the most dangerous play in the game. Punts are next on that list, causing twice as many concussions, according to Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives.”
Helmet Rule Call on Zeke:
Gronk looking Sluggish:
Proof that injuries might be taking a toll?
Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown fined $26,739 for his illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Ryan Switzer.
Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown fined $26,739 for his illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Ryan Switzer.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) December 8, 2018
Interesting take on Merril Hoge’s Brainwashed book by former NFLer Nate Jackson:
#NFLWayToPlay Week 13:
.@Eagles C Jason Kelce earns the Week 13 #NFLWayToPlay Award for leading with his hands on this block, setting up @DarrenSproles for the TD. See more examples of excellent playing technique from this season: https://t.co/C4uiuAf1Tz pic.twitter.com/nFaVInAbjZ— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) December 6, 2018