Week 4 Injury Report : Earl Thomas’ (aka Birdman) Broken Leg, Eifert’s Ankle, Booth ATC’s in Action & Passing Trends

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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 4 of the 2018 season!

Week 4 Injuries :

Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas, S, Leg Fracture

  • La’Veon Bell weighs in:

** Big Backstory, held on for new contract, trade rumors, skipped practices, played in games and is now hurt. Full explanation on the pod**

New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Ankle

  • Supposedly will play Thursday night.

Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert, TE, Broken Ankle

Viewer Discretion Advised!!!

Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, Nagging Hamstring

  • Week 4 was his first game back since original injury week 1.

Tennessee Titans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Elbow

Seattle Seahawks: Will Dissly, TE, Patellar Tendon (Out for Season)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OJ Howard, TE, MCL

Cleveland Browns: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Fractured Forearm

Minnesota Vikings: Kevin McDermott, LS, Just the Finger tip


Roughing the passer explanation by NFL Operations (After Complaints from last week)

Example of what they are looking for (proper technique):

Questionable Call on Mayfield Hit:

  • *Week 4, 5 Roughing the Passer calls, lowest of the season by far*

What happened to the Helmet Rule?

Kareem Hunt Run

  • **3 lowering helmet calls in 4 weeks so far**

Illegal hit (Unnecessary Roughness, Not Helmet Rule)?

Questionable Crack Back Call on James Connor


Notable Safety Buzz:

Adam Thielen Pulled by Booth ATC

Quick Whistles:

Passing Stats:

Other News:

Tennessee State LB, Christion Abercrombie Injury

  • Keep Christion in your prayers.

  • Speak up when you are hurt.

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