Week 4: JK Fantasy Football Injury Recap. Feat. The Travathan/Adams Hit

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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.  

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Week 4 Injuries:

  • Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota, ACL 
  • Chris Carson, RB, Seattle, Ankle
  • Julio Jones, WR Atlanta, Hip, Not Serious
  • Derek Carr, QB Oak, Back, Transverse process fracture, rare.

    • Usually due to sudden extreme twisting or side bending movement.

    • Out two to four weeks

  • Marcus Mariota, QB Tennessee, Hamstring, Not Serious
  • David Amerson, CB Oakland, Concussion, 2nd this season, 3rd in 14 months 

  • Davonte Adams, WR Green Bay, Head/Neck, Longer discussion below.

Week 3 Fines:

  • Jimmie Ward, S San Fransisco, 24k for Helmet-Helmet Hit we talked about last week on Robert Woods, WR Los Angeles Rams (Discussed last week).

  • Richard Sherman, No fine for hit on Marcus Mariota (Discussed last week).

  • Andrew Sendejo, S Min, 24k Helmet-Helmet hit.

Week 4 Illegal Hits:

  • Vontaze Burfict, LB Cincinnati, Roughing the Passer, 1st game back from preseason suspension. 

Long Discussion- Trevathan/Adams Hit Thursday:

  • Trevathan Suspended 2 games, fine equals around 250k (2 game checks)

  • Situation, GB 3rd and Goal from CHI 16, GB up 14, 5 minutes left in 3rd Quarter

  • WR Screen, fighting for extra yards, Trevathan helmet-helmet, launched

  • Late Flag?

  • Defenseless Receiver?

  • Possible Defenses of Trevathan

    • Fast game?

    • Head entered correct target area late?

    • No intent to injure?

Instagram Comments:

  • That’s called playing football !
  • He’s all wrapped up. There was absolutely no reason for that dirty play. I thought that should’ve been an automatic ejection with a massive penalty
  • There is certainly inherent risk in playing football. But the defender launched himself, leading with his head, at a ball carrier who was already going to the ground; a hit that was penalized for unnecessary roughness. Players should have at least a decent level of respect for the safety for others on the field.
    • Watch it full speed tho .. I don’t think he intentionally aimed at his head ... the game is a very fast game.. you can’t always control what you hit
    • The slow mo always makes it look as if things like this are intentionally done.. it was a hard hit yes but I don’t think he was out to hurt the guy
      • Completely agree that his intentions were not to injure!
      • We will definitely bring that point up in our podcast conversation on Monday! Thanks for the comments bro. Love having these conversations.
  •  He shouldn't be lowering his head and Adams knows that fighting for extra yards in the middle of the field is dangerous in the NFL. That LB was already committed to the hit before Adams was going down. Probably didn't intend to hit the head but definitely went in full speed as hard as he could.

  • My God! As an AT this is just one of many reasons I would never let my kid play football😳

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