After each week of NFL football games for the 2017-2018 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. My co-host and strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd (hence the J in "JK"..I'm the K...). 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. 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 THE 2017-18 DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS!
Divisional Playoff Injuries & Plays:
Eagles 15, Falcons 10
Sanu drew an unwarranted unnecessary roughness penalty near the goal line.
- Most Instagram comments voiced this being a clean hit and we agree.
- Is this an example of why the NFL should implement the NCAA targeting rule? We understand there are different implications, but definitely food for thought.
Devonta Freeman Falcons RB, played the end of the season with MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman played the end of the season with MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee. ``I hope I don't have to,'' Freeman said of the possibility of having offseason surgery. Freeman emphasized that the injuries had nothing to do with his... https://t.co/bxOTXxueal— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 14, 2018
- I preach constantly that Devonta Freeman's running style is not how a running back maximizes career longevity, but he might be on to something.
- Josh and I discuss why Freeman's running style might be calculated...
Patriots 35, Titans 14
LaAdrian Waddles, New England OT, Knee
LaAdrian Waddle, who left Saturday's game with a knee injury, just walked through the Patriots locker room. Didn't have any limp or brace.— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) January 15, 2018
Marcus Mariota, Tennesee QB, Quad Injury
- Mariota has been banged up his whole career so far.
- Broken leg in 2016.
- hamstring, knee and shoulder this year.
- Can mobile QB's be a teams QB for the long haul?
- Cam Newton seems to be the exception.
Jack Conklin, Titans RT, Torn ACL
- Click tweet below for video:
Jaguars 45, Steelers 42
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville RB, ankle, seems fine...
Click tweet below for video:
Also, apparently okay after being in car accident today:
Paul Posluszny, Jaguars LB, Abdominal injury
- K. Saum doppelganger?
Dante Fowler, Jacksonville DE, Shoulder injury (did not return)
INJURY UPDATE:— z-#Sacksonville (@Jaguars) January 14, 2018
DE Dante Fowler Jr. has a shoulder injury and is QUESTIONABLE to return.
Tashaun Gipson, Jacksonville S, Foot (did not return)
Antonio Brown's Comeback:
Antonio Brown, playing through the flu and a torn calf: Seven catches, 132 yards, two touchdowns.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 14, 2018
One of the things I hate in the playoffs is when a good performance gets overlooked because it came in a losing effort. Brown was great today.
Vikings 29, Saints 24
Andrew Sendejo, Minnesota S, Concussion...Apparently doing better.
Shamar Stephen, Minnesota DT, Knee
The injury occurred on the play below. You can see Shamar start to go down at the bottom of the screen...but not really...
Marcus Williams Missed tackle
Okay, so I’m sure by now you’ve seen this play and everyone has been quick to call out Marcus Williams for missing the tackle. ⠀ ⠀ Does anyone else think he might have been trying to avoid a pass interference or a defenseless receiver penalty? ⠀ ⠀ Initially I thought he missed the tackle because he ducked his head. It is always taught to see what you hit so that still might be the case. ⠀ ⠀ What do you guys think?⠀ ⠀ #NFLPlayoffs #vikings #saints #headsntales
- Was this a result of being afraid to draw a penalty? Not seeing what he hits?
- Josh and I think everyone needs to cut Marcus some slack.
- Glad Marcus has a good outlook after the play (below).
- He is handling it a lot better than I would be. I would be at a deficit of tears for a decade. And thats saying a lot because I am a crier.
- We will be rooting for you next season Marcus!
I appreciate my friends, real fans, family, and team for everything they have done for me this season all of the support is highly appreciated!No the season didn’t end as planned but one thing for sure I won’t let one play define the type of MAN or PLAYER that I am or will be!💯— Marcus Williams (@Babymagik32) January 15, 2018
Can't help but laugh at this funny Titanic version of the play below (Sound On)
A WALK OFF 61 YARD TOUCHDOWN FOR THE VIKINGS TO ADVANCE TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!!!— 🏈🚢🎶TITANIC TD🏈🚢🎶 (@TitanicTD) January 15, 2018
CASE KEENUM'S 61 YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS TO STEFON DIGGS, AT THE DEATH, IS EVEN BETTER WITH TITANIC MUSIC!!!! UNBELIEVABLE WIN FOR THE @VIKINGS!!!!!