Week 11 Fantasy Football Injury Report : Fitz Ducks Alonso, Attack of The Achilles Injuries & Defenseless...Defenders?

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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 Week 11!

Week 11 Injuries:

Chris Thompson, RB Washington, Fractured Fibula (Out for Year)

  • Is this a result of not going 100%?

Alex Okafor, DE New Orleans, Torn Achilles (Out for Year)

  • Signed 1 year contract in offseason after 4 years in ARI
  • Breakout year, pending free agent again
  • Why guys hold out and should hold out for big contract when they can

Kelvin Benjamin, WR Buffalo, Right Knee, Status TBD (History)

  • Not a defenseless receiver situation 
  • Torn Left ACL in 2015 training camp
  • Avoided any ligament damage this injury

D’Onta Foreman, RB Houston, Torn Achilles (Out for Year)

Jay Cutler, QB Miami, Concussion

(Via Instagram)

(Via Instagram)

Johnny Holton, WR Oakland, Concussion Protocol

  • Returned to Game

Jake Elliot, K Philadelphia, Concussion

  • It's not everyday you see a kicker with a concussion

Week 11 Hits:

Jacksonville Punt Returner hit on Cleveland Gunner on Punt

Some are saying this was a heads up play...

  • This is technically within the legal rules because a fair catch was not signaled
  • We think the defenseless player definition needs to be expanded to include situations such as this one 

Kiko Alonso misses hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick

  • Looking back on the Flacco hit, this looks like head-hunting

Travis Kelce trick play interception leads to our first Defenseless Defender!

Week 10 Updates:

  • Ear piece for official
  • 15 yard penalty and timeout removed like you lost a review in real time for not following concussion protocol
  • Steelers/Titans Thursday Night Game
    • No Major injuries reported
    • Are Thursday night games really the problem?

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103 : Changing The Landscape of Adaptive Sports w/ Pro Basketball Player, Ryan Martin

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Ryan Martin is a professional basketball player, President of the Ryan Martin Foundation, motivational speaker and a coach.  Ryan was born with Spina Bifida and, at the age of two, had both of his legs amputated to prevent complications with infection. 

Basketball transformed Ryan's world from "wheelchair bound" to bound for college, bound for professional basketball, and bound for traveling overseas. In 2007, Ryan joined the professional basketball league in Europe, completing 10 seasons in both Spain and France. This season Ryan is playing for the New York Rolling Knicks of the NWBA.

Before Ryan went pro, he attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University and led SMSU to the NWBA National Title Game in 2001. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, Ryan joined the Phoenix Wheelchair Suns and played in the 2005 NWBA All-Star games.

Along with establishing his foundation, Ryan is a consultant for the NCAA on their Inclusive Sports Model. A large portion of our conversation in episode 103 was dedicated to learning about the tremendous work Ryan is doing with the NCAA to improve adaptive sports opportunities in college athletics. 

Below are some additional topics covered in episode 103:

  • Explanation of spina bifada
  • Ryan's upbringing and what is was like for him to be adopted into a family with other children with special needs.
  • Ryan's work with veterans, teaching them to play basketball and their transition process.
    • "Its not about how you got there, its about how you deal with your situation"

  • Why Ryan feels his disability has opened more doors than have been closed for him.
  • The importance of reaching your maximum potential and seizing the opportunities that come your way.
  • The role of effort in overcoming obstacles.
  • Rules and regulations of wheelchair basketball.
  • Why height is still unbeatable in wheelchair basketball.
  • The unique challenges presented to the athletes who play wheelchair basketball.
  • How sports helped Ryan build confidence and fit in and how he is trying to pay it forward today.
  • Ryan's message about bullying.
  • Why how you carry yourself is how you are perceived.
  • Current projects Ryan is working on through the Ryan Martin Foundation.
    • Creating adaptive sports programs throughout the NCAA as a means of creating diverse environments.
  • Adaptive sports program starting up at the University of Connecticut.
  • The potential societal impact of adaptive sports.
  • Staying healthy in the sport of wheelchair basketball and maximising longevity.

WHERE CAN YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT RYAN MARTIN FOUNDATION?

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WHERE CAN YOU FIND Ryan?

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Week 10 Fantasy Football Injury Report : Thursday Night Games, Sherman's Achilles, Wilson/Brisset/Freeman Concussion Protocol, Teddy's Return

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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 Week 10!

Week 10 Injuries:

Martellus Bennett (TE, Green Bay & now New England) went from getting cut by Packers to active for Patriots in 4 days

  • Looks like he is feeling pretty good to me (See video below)
  • After disagreeing on the severity of his shoulder injury, the Packers released Bennett with a “failure to disclose an injury” designation after Week 9.

Daniel Lasko, New Orleans, RB taken off the field in stretcher on kickoff coverage

  • Sparks discussion on kickoffs, touchbacks, the Patriots and what happens when you try to be like the patriots (see below)

Devonta Freeman, RB Atlanta, 2nd Concussion in 4 Months

Joe Haden, CB Pittsburgh, Fractured Fibula, Out 3-8 weeks

Aaron Jones, Ty Mongomery, RB's Green Bay

  • Jones MCL 3-6 Weeks
  • Montgomery Ribs Week to Week

Richard Sherman, CB Seattle, Ruptured Achilles, Out for the year

  • Good Morning America's take on Thursday Night Games with Tony Reali (below)
    • The players benefit financially from TNF

Russell Wilson, QB Seattle, Concussion protocol issue

  • Team could be fined $150,000 for violating the league concussion protocol
  • Is the team really at fault for a situation like this?
  • Did the blue tent blow this out of proportion?
  • The idea of a helmet penalty box is brought up as a potential solution

Jacoby Brissett, QB Indianapolis, More concussion protocol issues

  • Brings up a discussion on "Concussion Body Language"
  • Delayed onset of concussion symptoms are a real thing (Kevin shares his personal experience)

Non-Injury News, FInes & Updates from week 9:

Vontaze Burfict, Ejected for Making contact with official

  • Flagged for late hit out of bounds on Titans RB earlier in the game
  • This contact with the ref is what ultimately got him ejected from the game
  • He obviously shows no remorse and embraces the persona, but how is this affecting his team?

Teddy Bridgewater, QB Minnesota, Returns from ACL/Major Knee Surgery

  • Heads 'N Tales worthy for sure!  We will definitely be rooting for this guy!

Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers, Feel-goodish story

Fines from Week 9 Fights

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