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 12 of the 2018 season!
Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Knee (MCL)
Came into game with left hamstring injury.
Grade 2 MCL tear (partial tear) - likely going to be braced and back in there in 2 weeks
Limits cutting ability.
Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton, QB, Thumb, On IR
Ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb is the issue. Yes there is one in the thumb as well as elbow. Surgery only if torn and pulled away. Even partial tears that don't need surgery can inhibit grip and ability to spin the ball for a QB. Will be 100% for this offseason. https://t.co/S9djA7oLB0— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) November 26, 2018
Looks like UCL of the thumb - important for gripping (weakness of the pinch grasp) and spinning the ball.
Gamekeeper’s thumb - first coined when Scottish gamekeepers would sacrifice game (rabbits) by breaking their necks between the thumb and index finger of the gamekeeper and the ground; nowadays seen commonly in skiers when the thumb would land on a ski pole and suffer a valgus force causing rupture of the thumb’s UCL.
Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Ankle (previously surgically repaired), Possible Concussion?
No Video, Re-entered the game.
(2016 injury to the ankle)
Here is the Derek Carr hit that led to a blue tent, then locker room #concussion evaluation. His head whiplashes & appears to strike the turf. The immediate double head shake is almost always a sign of vision impairment. He cleared the protocol... but good chance that changes. pic.twitter.com/XwLEoK8OdU— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) November 25, 2018
Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Hamstring Tear
Jacksonville Jaguars: Andrew Norwell, OG, Ankle, Moved to IR
No Video - line has been decimated