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.
This week Rutgers Beat Reporter, James Kratch, fills in for Josh.
You are currently looking at the show notes for Weeks 10 & 11 of the 2018 season!
Los Angeles Rams: Cooper Kupp, WR, ACL
Non-contact; walked off field
Out for the season - should come back strong
(Same knee that was injured about a month ago)
Miami Dolphins: Jakeem Grant, WR/KR, Achilles (No Tare)
Jakeem Grant is undergoing season-ending lower leg surgery today. The hope is he’ll be ready for spring ball but he will absolutely be back for the start of the 2019 season.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 19, 2018
Oakland Raiders: Martavis Bryant, WR, PCL; Jordy Nelson, WR, Knee (no videos)
Jordy retirement rumors (not true)
Detroit Lions: Marvin Jones, WR, Knee (bone bruise)
Marvin Jones tries to get Callahan with the stutter step outbreak, but Callahan isn't fooled, maintains his balance and essentially runs Jones' route for him, undercutting this pass for a great interception.— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) November 12, 2018
Again, he's gonna get paid. pic.twitter.com/WQIYBmfnmN
Tests showed that Lions’ WR Marvin Jones’ ACL and MCL are intact, but he did sustain a bone bruise and will be considered day to day, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2018
Getting second opinion - not sure why…
Philadelphia Eagles: Ronald Darby, DB, ACL
New Orleans Saints: Dez Bryant, WR, Achilles
Note: Dez has passions outside of football to look forward to throughout his recovery.
Pittsburgh Steelers: James Conner, RB Concussion (Played in Week 11)
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner was semi-evaluated for #concussion in the blue tent, cleared, returned, and was eventually sent to the locker room and diagnosed with a concussion.— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) November 9, 2018
Still wonder if the abbreviated blue tent eval is ethical. Thoughts?https://t.co/tW7bBoLgae
You don't need to get hit in the head to get a concussion
Very clear signs of #concussion on this hit. Note the impact was not helmet-to-helmet, but the brain injury (now confirmed) appears to be due to the whiplash movement of the head. You don’t have to be hit in the head to have a concussion. https://t.co/yGlhlgyN4E— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) November 11, 2018
Dolphins DB Bobby McCain is injured after the blindside block by Equanimeous St Brown.
Are these hits necessary?
Ejection on Big Ben Hit:
Edelman penalty, but no ejection:
Mexico City Game Moved to Los Angeles due to poor Field Conditions:
Monday night’s Chiefs-Rams game now is being moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions in Estadio Azteca, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2018
Back to LA for the Rams, who have been training for altitude in Colorado Springs.
This week in Roger Goodell...— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 20, 2018
1. Allows NBC to flex a Bears game to Sunday night even though they’re playing in Detroit on Thursday 12:30pm
2. Only moves tonight’s game from Mexico City after the players threaten to sit out b/c of the field conditions.https://t.co/T5u4mYwx2L
Maybe it’s not so bad after all…
Washington Redskins: Alex Smith, QB, Broken Leg
Eery how both score end with same score and occurred at the same part of the field
Tennessee Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Elbow
Detroit Lions: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Knee
Green Bay Packers: Jimmy Graham, TE, Thumb
Broke the thumb while trying to make a block.
Oakland Raiders: Brandon LaFell, WR, Achilles
The older you are, the harder it is to recover and return to high level of play.
Best Regular Season Game Ever?!:
Monday night’s game was the first in NFL history where both teams scored 50 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in NFL history has scored 50 points in a loss. Entering the game, NFL teams scoring 50+ points were 216-0 all-time. So much for that....— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2018
Zach Miller Players Tribune Documentary:
Chris Nowinski’s Broadcaster Education Program:
“We aren’t trying to turn broadcasters into advocates. We are trying to give them the tools to be the best broadcasters and journalists they can be.” @ChrisNowinski1 on today's launch of the CLF #MediaProject— Concussion Legacy Foundation (@ConcussionLF) November 9, 2018
More from @ringer's @bryancurtis:https://t.co/5jzcmkEHyW
Chris’ Thoughts on Landon Collins Concussion Protocol:
Losing control of your emotions is a sign of #concussion. If you are a player who legitimately believes you don't have a concussion, and you are upset you had to be pulled out for the protocol, definitely don't do this. https://t.co/eReGBci3Aj— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) November 19, 2018
#NFLWayToPlay week 9:
Congrats to the Week 9 #NFLWayToPlay award recipient, Kareem Jackson (@ReemBoi25)! 🎉— NFL Legends (@NFLLegends) November 8, 2018
The @HoustonTexans CB was recognized by Legends @merrilhoge, @RonnieLottHOF, @WillieMcGinest, @OrlandoPace_HOF, and Chuck Pagano for leading with his shoulder on this tackle: pic.twitter.com/2b2lDo0VLr
Finally a good one!
#NFLWayToPlay week 10 - MEHHH:
Congrats to @Titans CB, @RealLoganRyan! 🎉🎉🎉— NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2018
He takes the #NFLWaytoPlay Week 10 Award for his technique on leading with his shoulder. Ryan receives a $2,500 grant through @usafootball for the youth or high school football program of his choice: https://t.co/HVQtu1zQ3U. pic.twitter.com/8Dy9kTwGaF