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 13 of the 2018 season!
Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Foot (season ending surgery)
Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen, TE, Foot
Same foot that forced him to miss three games earlier this season and nine games last season, and appears done for the season.
New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Returned - quad contusion
Denver Broncos: Chris Harris, CB, Broken Fibula
Washington Redskins: Colt McCoy, QB, Fractured Right Fibula
Pittsburgh Steelers: James Conner, RB, Lower Leg Contusion - Possible high ankle sprain (toe caught in the dirt)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Switzer, WR, Concussion
What cleats would you rep?
Helmet Rule Stats:
The NFL's "lowering the helmet rule", which we spent all summer talking about, has been called only 8 times this season. More smoke and mirrors from the NFL.— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) November 30, 2018
NFL fields continue to be a dangerous place to have a head. https://t.co/9stUC2c3BM
Hits From Thursday Night:
Which thoughts go through your head watching this hit?— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) November 30, 2018
A. If the greatest athletes in the world cannot avoid hitting heads in a tackle, how do we expect kids to avoid head contact?
B. The players decided a touchdown > form/health
C. The NFL stopped flagging lowering the head pic.twitter.com/YVz2flr8HZ
Alvin Kamara takes a brutal helmet-to-helmet illegal hit, drops the ball & stumbles getting up, & is put in the #concussion protocol.— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) November 30, 2018
Passes "test" and is returned.
Appears to possibly use smelling salts later (pointed out by @alanschwarz)
This is fine. pic.twitter.com/imqqkvyPBg
Did these no-calls lead to three Helmet Rule penalties this weekend?
#NFLWaytoPlay Week 12:
The Week 12 #NFLWayToPlay Award recipient is @packers CB @JaireAlexander for leading with his shoulder on this block and finishing the play with a wrap-up tackle.— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) November 29, 2018
See the full list of 2018 award recipients: https://t.co/C4uiuAf1Tz pic.twitter.com/NfUc8MGSFZ