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 2 of the 2018 season!
Buffalo Bills: RB LeSean McCoy, Ribs
McCoy suffered a rib injury in the third quarter when center Ryan Groy fell on McCoy's midsection as the tailback was being tackled. McCoy returned to the game for one rush but did not re-enter afterward and was later announced as questionable to return. McCoy declined an interview after the game, saying his rib injury made it difficult to talk.
Cincinnati Bengals : RB Joe Mixon , Knee
Mixon will be out for a few weeks after he had a procedure Saturday to clean up some loose particles in his knee, a result of an old injury that was never addressed.
Philadelphia Eagles: WR Mike Wallace, Broken leg
Wallace was carted off with an ankle injury Sunday and did not return. Broke his fibula.
Detroit Lions: CB Darius Slay, Concussion
In the third quarter, Darius Slay suffered a concussion while trying to make a tackle. 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk lowered his head to run over Slay and initiated head-to-head contact. Slay immediately went down and was motionless for a couple of seconds. No penalty was called on the play. It’s the second straight week that Slay took a hard hit to the head. Last week Slay briefly left the game to get checked for a concussion, but he was cleared to return.
New England Patriots : DE Trey Flowers, Concussion
Flowers sustained a concussion on the Jaguars' opening drive and didn't return.
Trey Flowers of the Patriots had an unfortunate collision with a teammate. Team announced he went to the locker for the #concussion protocol. I would be shocked if he returned, as the team would have to explain why he couldn't stand for minutes after the hit. Wish him the best pic.twitter.com/7F81Es9ERm— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) September 16, 2018
Green Bay Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers, Knee
Supposedly has no ligament damage in his knee but his injury could take up to two months to heal, per sources. For now, he will try to play through the pain.
McCarthy on QB Aaron Rodgers (knee): He's obviously sore. He's a warrior for what he gave us yesterday. It was outstanding. I don't have a read on if he's better this week than last week.— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 17, 2018
Is all this talk further enforcing the very culture the NFL and (Kevin) are seeking to change?
If no ligament damage, is this a hurt vs. injured situation?
Fournette and the Jags setting a good example:
Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Leonard Fournette suffered a hamstring injury
Sat out in week 2 - Jacksonville playing the long game and still finding success - doesn't always pay to play injured
Carson Wentz, cleared and will start Sunday
Sendejo living up to his reputation
Vikings Andrew Sendejo, who was seen wearing a MAKE FOOTBALL VIOLENT AGAIN during the preseason, followed through with this helmet-to-helmet hit to the Packers defenseless Davante Adams, who's had 3 #concussions the last 2 years. Sendejo got a 15 yard flag. Think that was enough? pic.twitter.com/AuQevzxfbz— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) September 16, 2018
Does Devante have a target on his head?
Cam gets punished for being smart
Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee was ejected for unnecessary roughness
Lagarrett Blount ejected for coming off the sidelines to shove opposing player
1 Penalty for lowering Helmet to make contact, Jags LB Telvin Smith, No Video
Protecting the CUBES (Cali-version):
Clay Matthews Game-Changing Roughing the passer
***2017 107 Roughing the Passer Penalties… 6.29/week***
***2018 21 Roughing the Passer Penalties… 10.5/week or on pace for 178 for the year***
It can be done!:
Quandre Diggs!! #NFLWayToPlay Week one recipient:
Proper hit on defenseless receiver.
Vontae Davis - Houdini Act":
Our thoughts on leaving in the middle of the game.
Reactions in the media:
Funny Eli comparison: https://twitter.com/ericsports/status/1041501618636812288
Zach Miller Update Video:
Bears TE Zach Miller is still standing. Our MNF feature on his gruesome injury, his daunting recovery and a decision that he believes saved his leg.
“No one has said no yet.” - Motivating for him