Week 17 Injury Report : Injuries That Impact Wild Card Weekend, Aaron Rodgers' Concussion, Randall Cobb's Concussion Scare, Toughness Across Sports

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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 Week 17 of the 2018 season!

NFL Wild Card Injury Headlines:

Saturday 4:30 pm Houston Texans - Indianapolis Colts

Colts WR TY Hilton struggling with ankle last few weeks, biggest playmaker for Colts, has said he WILL play…

Saturday 8:00 pm Dallas Cowboys - Seattle Seahawks

No Major Injuries, Cowboys played (risked) starters the whole game in Week 17 despite having seeding locked.

Sunday 1pm Baltimore Ravens - Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, hampered all year long seemingly, played week 17 limped off in 4th and did not return…

Chargers TE Hunter Henry tore his ACL in OTAs in May (approx. 8 months ago) and is expected to make season debut this week.

Sunday 4:30 pm Chicago Bears - Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles QB Nick Foles (ribs) back to back weeks taken major shots, will play but will the hits have an impact?

Bears safety Eddie Jackson (Ankle), who is a Pro Bowl Player, has not played or practiced since injury.

Bears injuries from week 17:

Chicago Bears: Taylor Gabriel, WR, Shoulder/Ribs (looks like he will play)

Chicago Bears: Anthony Miller, WR, Dislocated Shoulder

"I think it's a lot about leadership," Rodgers said before the Packers Week 16 game against the New York Jets. "If I want to be listened to and followed and looked up to, how could I stand here and say that these games that don't matter for playoffs, I'm going to cash it in? That's just not the way I lead, and I'm super-competitive, and I want to be out there with the guys and I look forward to being out there."

Should he have played?

Miami Dolphins: Torry McTyler, CB, Concussion

Was this a dirty play?


Carolina Panthers: Kyle Allen, QB, Shoulder

Cincinnati Bengals: Cody Core, WR, Arm

Los Angeles Rams: Andrew Whitworth, OT, Knee

I don’t remember anything until I got back to the locker room, so there’s like a 10-minute span where I had amnesia,” Cobb said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Yeah, it’s pretty scary. Have you ever had a time period where you just don’t remember anything? It’s pretty scary.”

“I’ve had a punctured lung. I’ve had a broken leg. I came back and played and not thought about those things,” he said. “I would consider this to be another thing that whenever I take the field, I’m worried about that moment. I’m not worried about what’s happened in the past. Which is hard to do. That’s why we’re the men in the arena. That’s one of my favorite quotes; LeBron [James] always talks about that quote a lot. There’s a reason we do what we do and other people don’t, because we’re able to overcome those thoughts.”

Saints Defensive End Alex Okafor Was a Sack Short Of a $400K Bonus So The Saints Rested Him During Week 17 And Paid Him The Money Anyways:

Impact on player safety?

Week 16 #NFLWayToPlay Player of the Week:

Kevin’s favorite play of the year!

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