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 3 of the 2018 season!
Week 3 Injuries:
San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo QB, Torn ACL (Out for season)
Get out of bounds bro!
Karma? Chicks In The Office
San Francisco 49ers: Richard Sherman CB, Heel Injury
Sherman left the stadium in a walking boot.
Related to Achilles injury from last year?
Last year he tore his right achilles ( I believe he was experiencing pain before the game he tore the right), Did he learned his lesson?
New York Giants: Evan Engram TE, Sprained MCL
Engram was hurt when he was hit low by Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson after a catch.
While running down the sideline after a catch, Engram took a low hit to his knee and somersaulted out of bounds.
Is this tackling method being taught by the Texans’ coaches? All their DB’s tend to go for the knees.
Pat Shurmur on WFAN w/ Francesa: "You guys saw the injury to Engram, they hit him low. They tried the same vs. Saquon Barkley. I think that was by design." Really disappointing the #Giants had to deal with that all game. Lucky to have escaped the game w/o any season-enders.— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) September 25, 2018
Atlanta Falcons: Ricardo Allen S, Torn Achilles
Falcons now have lost both their starting safeties, Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal, to season-ending injuries, as well as LB Deion Jones.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2018
New Orleans Saints: Patrick Robinson CB, Ankle
Will Blackmon Speaks out - Interesting Twitter Feed (Link Below)
Washington Redskins: Morgan Moses OT, Concussion + Green Bay Packers: LB Nick Perry, Concussion
Double Wammy Concusisons
It wasn’t until later that #Packers OLB Nick Perry left to be evaluated for a concussion, but in the first quarter he suffered this head-to-head collision with RT Morgan Moses. In fact, this play forced Moses out with a concussion of his own: pic.twitter.com/VEyf9a4Hsl— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) September 24, 2018
Cleveland Browns: Tyrod Taylor QB, Concussion (No video)
Slammed face into the ground while getting tackled
After Monday night’s Buccaneers-Steelers game, there have been 34 roughing the passer penalties through the first three weeks of the season, or 48 games.
At that rate, there will be a whopping 362 roughing calls this season, more than triple the 109 total roughing penalties last season, and nearly four times the 92 such calls in 2016.
Judy Batista Insights NFL.com Columnist :
I'm told this morning a number of members of the Competition Committee are uncomfortable with the roughing the passer calls, particularly the Clay Mathews one from the Vikings game. Committee call next week, but members are unsure if anything will change this year.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) September 25, 2018
Why is it possible there will be no change to roughing the passer calls this season? Because there is a feeling it could be difficult for the league to pull back on a safety-related rule.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) September 25, 2018
When this point of emphasis was made in March, this is clearly not how the Comp. Committee envisioned it. Question may be how Roger Goodell views it and what tweaks can be made that don't diminish the player safety part of it while also eliminating the gratuitous calls.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) September 25, 2018
Green Bay Packers : Clay Matthews, Again…
“League is getting soft”
At some point, we're just going to have to call this what it really is: You can't hit (most) quarterbacks TOO HARD. Doesn't matter technique, helmet position, body weight, etc. It's just about force. The NFL doesn't want its QBs being hit with the same force RBs or WRs get hit. https://t.co/pMZqzBosK8— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) September 23, 2018
“The NFL doesn't want its QBs being hit with the same force RBs or WRs get hit.”
It’s not hard to protect the QB. It’s like the helmet rule or the face mask. You touch the face mask and it’s a penalty. You put your full weight on the QB, it’s a penalty. Matthews did it because he wanted to physically punish Smith, not merely tackle him. THAT’S A FLAG NOW.— Michael Salfino (@MichaelSalfino) September 25, 2018
Hit on Russell Wilson:
Miami Dolphins DL, William Hayes’ ACL Injury:
Roughing the Passer calls are absolutely out of control.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 25, 2018
Hits on Big Ben (4 Roughing the passer penalties in this game, most in a game since 2001):
To me this one was the only one that shouldn’t have been a penalty (Kevin)
The only one Ben thought was worthy of a penalty.
Wicked Stiff Arm - Football can still be safe and violent
Hit on Fitz:
Why is the wall so close to the endzone:
We discussed the possibility of installing Ice hockey board technology at the Buc’s stadium.
Rich Eisen Thoughts on Roughing the Passer:
Does the NFL need to rethink this rule?
People keep complaining about these calls and I get how frustrating it is, but this is what happens when your alumni sue the league and the majority of coverage revolves around how dangerous your game is.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) September 25, 2018
What happened to the Helmet Rule?
Denver Broncos RB, Phillip Lindsay - Throwing Punches
#NFLWayToPlay Player of Week 2:
Dallas Cowboys , LB Jaylon Smith
.@DallasCowboys LB @thejaylonsmith earned the Week 2 #NFLWaytoPlay Award for his technique on this shoulder pad tackle vs. the @Giants on #SNF. Here’s everything you need to know about the weekly award: https://t.co/C4uiuAf1Tz pic.twitter.com/wvMoKXbKYk— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) September 20, 2018
You can still light up QB’s if you do it the right way