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 19 of the 2018 season!
Injuries that Impact Conference Championship Playoffs Games:
1/20 Rams vs. Saints (3:05 PM)
Divisional Round Game : Cowboys 22 - Rams 30
No notable injuries.
The emergence of Rams RB CJ Anderson and how an injury led to his opportunity.
Divisional Round Game : Eagles 14 - Saints 20
Brandon Brooks, RG, Achilles
Wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for the well wishes. Yeah it sucks I tore my Achilles but you know what I look forward to attacking rehab like it’s a game. I look forward to this long journey. God got me and this did nothing but light a fire I needed— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) January 14, 2019
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Achilles
FA DT Tyrunn Walker, who broke into the league in New Orleans, is signing with the #Saints today, source said. In the wake of Sheldon Rankins’ (IR) torn Achilles, Walker provides depth in the middle vs the team he played for last year. From the street to the NFC Title game.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2019
Saints OL still banged up, but all will most likely play.
1/20 Patriots vs. Chiefs (Sunday 6:40 PM)
Divisional Round Game : Colts 13 - Chiefs 31
Sammy Watkins, WR, Foot (played and felt good after game)
First Game since week 11 (played 92% of snaps)
The Chiefs are fully aware of how much Sammy Watkins means to their offense — and so are the Patriots, as Bill Belichick expressed concern Monday for the WR's ability to break tackles. @ByNateTaylor writes about Watkins' return and has injury updates: https://t.co/cWcgozpgKU— The Athletic (@TheAthleticKC) January 15, 2019
Eric Berry, S, Heel (Did not play)
Andy Reid says Eric Berry, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Spencer Ware and Dorian O’Daniel are all day to day. “We’ll see how it goes as we work through the next couple of days."— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 14, 2019
Spencer Ware, RB
DNP vs Colts, Questionable again for this week
Divisional Round Game Patriots 41 - Chargers 28
Will travel to KC almost fully healthy with no major question marks as we speak.
Tom Brady Apparently played through MCL injury since Week 10
Gronk Retirement talk, adapting his role in the run game.
Adrian Phillips, S, Arm Injury
The Chargers' most versatile and trusted defender is a 5-foot-11, 206-pound safety who's filling in at middle linebacker.— The Athletic (@TheAthleticLA) January 10, 2019
Adrian Phillips might not look the part, but he "just makes plays every single week," says head coach Anthony Lynn.
From @Sam4TR https://t.co/UxinzwUhT8
Anthony Lynn said Adrian Phillips tore something in his upper arm and gutted it through the game.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) January 14, 2019
Adrian Phillips played with an upper arm injury yesterday. Anthony Lynn called it a "heroic performance."— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) January 15, 2019
"You can tell he was hurting. He was in pain. He didn’t want to let anyone down. He’s a special guy."