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 7 of the 2018 season!
Buffalo Bills : LeSean McCoy, RB, Concussion
Video doesn't show head impact… What about the freaking d-back’s head?!
Los Angeles Chargers : Melvin Gordon, RB, Hamstring
"But I felt like I had to protect him today because I don't want this to be a lingering thing. I want to get him back for Seattle, and he's got a bye week off, so he'll be rehabbing, getting healthy, and hopefully we'll have a full-speed Melvin back in a couple weeks."
- Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn
New England Patriots : Sony Michel, RB, Knee
Not considered serious…
Miami Dolphins : Albert Wilson, WR, Hip
Looks similar to Bo Jackson’s hip injury…
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kwon Alexander, LB, ACL
(WHOOPSIE, somehow missed these)
Philadelphia Eagles : Jay Ajayi, RB, ACL (Week 5)
Here is the clip of the play when @Eagles RB Jay Ajayi tore his left ACL on an attempt to pass block Anthony Barr and took an awkward step. He exited the game and returned for the next drive with a knee brace on. @AdamSchefter pic.twitter.com/FA5oTySieP— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) October 8, 2018
Oakland Raiders : Marshawn Lynch, RB, Groin (on IR)
New England Patriots : Rob Gronkowski, Back
Atlanta Falcons : Devonta Freeman, IR, knee, foot, groin, etc.
All these guys play “tough”… Is this finally catching up to them…
Odell hates water, but he is trying
Dr. Waz discusses the difference between hydrating with IV’s versus drinking water orally. Which method is more effective?
Deshaun Watson takes bus to game because he can’t fly due to injuries….
Toughness or Dangerous?
Dr. Chao weighs in:
Bill O'Brien's take:
Dak’s Smelling Salts?! WTF
My predictions on fallout from Dak Prescott #AmmoniaGate:— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) October 21, 2018
1. #NFL #concussion committee holds an emergency meeting this week, bans smelling salts for players that have been evaluated for #concussion.
2. @CBS gets yelled at by #NFL for putting it on camera twice. pic.twitter.com/rcBwl0QH8H
If this isn't the Helmet Rule, then WTF is?!
Hit on Baker Mayfield:
Hit on Amari Cooper (Week 6):
Lowering-the-helmet report card through six weeks: seven flags, 11 fines, and a whopping 65 warning letters
Vontaze Follow - Up
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $112,000 for multiple plays that constituted unnecessary roughness in Cincinnati’s Week 6 game against Pittsburgh, including the plays involving the Steelers’ Antonio Brown (11:19 in 3rd quarter) and James Conner (5:17 in 3rd quarter).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2018
Twisting Ankles on Sunday night:
ICYMI: The Week 6 #NFLWayToPlay award goes to @Buccaneers LB Lavonte David for making this great form tackle on Falcons RB Ito Smith!— USA Football (@usafootball) October 21, 2018
He receives a $2,500 grant from #USAFootball to a high school or youth program of his choice.
🎥 via @gmfb pic.twitter.com/jQ7fiu7mxL