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 Weeks 5 & 6 of the 2018 season!
LA Rams : Brandin Cooks, WR, Concussion
Watch this horrible helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams WR Brandin Cooks. Note the straight arm in front of him, a #concussion sign known as posturing that would mean he's knocked out. Medical staff appears to see it & run on the field to protect him before the whistle blew 👍. Prayers. pic.twitter.com/lWoE2fJ6V0— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) October 7, 2018
Also got crushed in the super bowl.
LA Rams : Cooper Kupp, WR, Concussion
Quick turnarounds for week 6.
Washington Redskins : Adrian Peterson, RB, Dislocated Shoulder
Played in week 6.
“It’s going to be painful,” Peterson told himself. “I just need to fight through it. Every time I got hit I could feel it.”
The media is still reinforcing a dangerous definition of toughness.
Listen to EPISODE 54 with Green Beret, Bill Anthes to learn about the new definition we are trying to teach athletes.
New Orleans Saints : Marshon Lattimore, CB, Concussion
Did not play week 6.
Glad to see he is apparently doing better now.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Corey Grant, RB, Foot, Lisfranc
Jaguars believe RB Corey Grant suffered Lisfranc injury that is likely to end his season, per sources. With Leonard Fournette out with a hamstring injury, Jaguars need RB help.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2018
Buffalo Bills : Josh Allen, QB, Arm
While the trainers were working on Josh Allen yesterday, someone tripped a nerve that really stung the rookie. Never seen a player sent to his knees in pain on the sideline during an examination.— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) October 15, 2018
Clearly, whatever happened to his elbow didn't tickle. #Bills #Billsmafia pic.twitter.com/qT2lUM684A
Oakland Raiders : Amari Cooper, WR, Concussion
Cooper missed a game last season with a concussion after sustaining a similar hit.
LA Rams : Cooper Kupp, WR, Knee
Johnny Bistline, ATC from West Chester PA Calls In With Question: Johnny is an ATC and says in his experience with concussions that it is rare to see symptoms resolve in less than a week, more typically 10-14 days. Should there be a timeline associated with the NFL’s concussion RTP guidelines? Johnny is concerned when he sees guys with concussions come back and play the next week and also tells us how instances like this affect him at the high school level.
Here are the NFL’s Concussion Protocol Guidelines for your reference.
Jacksonville Jaguars : Niles Paul, TE, Knee
Cleveland Browns : Baker Mayfield, QB, Ankle
Baker Mayfield wouldn’t say it after the game, but the #Browns starter did turn his ankle during the game, limiting his effectiveness, I’m told. He’s got soreness and will get treatment for the sprain over the course of the week, but Mayfield shouldn’t miss time.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 15, 2018
Why do we still use chains?
Minnesota Vikings : Mike Hughes, CB, Knee
Was a flag thrown?
NFL is reviewing three plays that involved Bengals’ LB Vontaze Burfict from Sunday’s Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game to determine appropriate level of discipline, per source. One was an elbow on Antonio Brown, and two others were Burfict leading led with his helmet.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2018
Not the first time ( See Below).
#Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert calls Vontaze Burfict "pathetic" and adds "hopefully someday he grows up."— Next Man Up (@spottingboard) October 15, 2018
Burfict tossed an elbow at Antonio Browns head in the 3rd Qtr. He will not be suspended by the NFL but may be fined. #Bengals pic.twitter.com/G9REnKA5pj
Apparently no suspension…
Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt, TE
Roughing the Passer Stats (Boydcast)
Week 5: 10
Week 6: 3 (lowest of the year, 2 less games also)
(Mentioned in the week 4 injury report)
Emphasis on the strike zone.
In the NFL, lower limb traumas account for 60% of the injuries but get less attention than concussions