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The Cam Newton (shoulder surgery) fantasy fallout

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Cam Newton set for surgery

According to Matt Henson, Cam Newton will have surgery on March 30. Doctors will be working on Carolina Panthers quarterback rotator cuff, which is his throwing shoulder. The damage took place in week 14 against the San Diego Chargers. Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion spoke about the injury.

“It is well-documented and well-researched that overhead throwing athletes commonly have wear and tear to their rotator cuffs,” Vermillion said. “As a result of the MRI, we modified all of Cam’s work in the weight room and on the field for the final three weeks of the season.”

So what is to expect now that he will have his surgery.

“The thing we need to stay away from the most is throwing, but he will start immediately with range of motion and rotator cuff exercises,” Vermillion said. “The positive thing, unlike when he had ankle surgery, is that he will still be able to work on his conditioning, work on his core, work on the rest of his body.

Since Newton played after the injury, why the surgery? According to Vermillion, when the injury took place, Newton was on a set program. When he reached the strengthening portion, the signal caller began to have pain while passing the ball.

“We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March,” Vermillion said. “Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage — the strengthening stage, the throwing stage — he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing.

What’s next for Cam Newton?

Newton’s surgery should put him out at least four months and possibly up to six according to Dr. Parekh. Which means it is possible he will miss the pre-season and up to four games of the regular season. Missing any time slashes into any redraft value that Newton has. It also doesn’t help that he was thrown around like a rag doll in 2016. Newton hit the dirt 36 times last season, ninth-most in the NFL. He also didn’t run as often as he has in the previous seasons. Newton finished with just 359 yards, while his previous low was in 2014 as he put up 539 yards in 14 games.

Head coach “River Boat” Ron Rivera has mentioned he would like to mix up the offense and keep Newton from having to run with the ball as much.

 “One thing we don’t want to do is overexpose our quarterback as a runner,” Rivera said. “And so we have to go ahead and look to change some of the things that we do. Some of our philosophies, obviously, have to be a little different when it comes to running the football.”

Rivera expects Newton to fight with this decision

“Oh yeah, without a doubt. I promise you that’s going to happen. He wants the football. But again, we have to be very dogged in terms of what we are going to do with him and how we are going to do it. We have to pick and choose. It’s got to be the right situations and circumstances. But again, him, he wants to succeed, he wants to do things that help this football team to win.”

The news on Newton’s shoulder is more detrimental to redraft leagues than perhaps dynasty as for now. Obviously, we don’t know the true extent of how successful or how quickly Newton can bounce back from it. What is not in the air is how much running he will be doing. This has been a key component of his success.

Newton has had only three seasons where he has thrown for more than 20 touchdowns and one being a 35 touchdown season. His production comes from his legs, and if he isn’t using those, he becomes an erratic passer with very little output. It’s time to lower your expectations and consider drafting Newton as a bottom starting quarterback for your fantasy team.

My love of sports came as far back as I remember. I look forward to covering all major injuries to not only help you gain a fantasy football advantage but also incorporate more of an insight on what it means for your favorite player. Follow Mike @RFLRedZone

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NFL Week 8 Injury Review

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As week eight comes to a close, unfortunately we saw several big-name players again go down with injury. The San Francisco 49ers continue to be ravaged by injury, as they likely lost both George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo for the remainder of the season. Kittle fractured a bone in his foot, and Garoppolo re-injured his high ankle sprain. Add in Tevin Coleman, who was recently activated off IR due to a knee injury, re-injured the same knee and is awaiting additional imaging.

On Thursday night football Teddy Bridgewater suffered a potentially serious neck injury, but thankfully got lucky and no significant injury was done. He should play in week nine. In that same game, unfortunately Falcons elite wide receiver Calvin Ridley suffered a midfoot sprain which would likely keep them out a couple of weeks.
Week nine should finally see the return of elite running back Christian McCaffrey. Fellow running backs Miles Sanders, Nick Chubb, Joe Mixon, Mark Ingram and Aaron Jones are all likely to miss at least one more week with their respective injuries.
The Packers play on Thursday night, and Aaron Jones’ calf injury likely has not had enough time to heal to allow him to play on Thursday.
We found out that Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback Gardner Minshew has been playing with multiple fractures and a ligament injury in his throwing thumb. Whether or not he needs surgery, he is likely to miss the next 2+ weeks.
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold re-injured his throwing shoulder, as he was dealing with an AC sprain and is questionable to play in week nine. Jamison Crowder is still dealing with a groin injury and has missed the past several weeks. Breshad Perriman also failed to play in week eight secondary to not clearing the concussion protocol yet.
The Colts saw Michael Pittman return after suffering that crazy injury where he had to undergo emergency surgery on his calf. Parris Campbell should not be too far behind him. Unfortunately T.Y. Hilton suffered a groin strain and is likely to miss at least a week, maybe a couple. Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor, who has disappointed so far, at least based on expectations, suffered an ankle injury and his week nine status is in question.
The Rams Darrell Henderson Jr. re-injured his thigh, but appears to be able to play after the bye. Cooper Kupp, fresh off of a monster game, appears to have injured his wrist. Expect additional imaging to rule out possible fracture.
The Seattle Seahawks backfield was really banged up going into week eight, as Chris Carson, dealing with a midfoot sprain, and Carlos Hyde, dealing with a hamstring strain both missed the game. Travis Homer, who is dealing with a bone bruise in his knee, and DeeJay Dallas both saw carries.
The Steelers Diontae Johnson seems to be injured more than he has been healthy. He injured his hamstring early in the game, but still managed to run the most routes on the day, but only managed to catch one pass on the day.
The Lions Kenny Golladay suffered a hip injury, that looks like it may keep them out a couple weeks, and he is a possible temporary IR candidate.
The Tennessee Titans Adam Humphries sustained a scary back and neck injury, but thankfully managed to avoid any life-changing injuries other than a concussion after being carried off on a stretcher.
Surprisingly the Eagles activated Dallas Goedert, less than a month after sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his ankle, only one week before their bye week. He was not very effective in his first game back. Jalen Reagor, also activated, flashed his potential and reeled in a touchdown. Miles Sanders should return after their bye, possibly Alshon Jeffery too.
The majority of these injuries were covered in this injury review video: https://youtu.be/nCl4eS3lh0Q
Top Recent Videos: Jimmy G (Dr Morse): https://youtu.be/iNSRre6r-So Jimmy G (surgeon take): https://youtu.be/jenxfNnMoXU George Kittle (surgeon take): https://youtu.be/4OSOCGdLssM George Kittle: https://youtu.be/M8oEGsMfcl4 Kenny Golladay: https://youtu.be/dbOnzinDz54 Jonathan Taylor: https://youtu.be/RfLqHeqjjjk Darrell Henderson Jr.: https://youtu.be/CoBf9hOL7U8 Cooper Kupp: https://youtu.be/GmhWoqjdaIo T.Y. Hilton: https://youtu.be/Zoi3aX8GQko Trent Brown: https://youtu.be/bs8KXfRmXtA Tevin Coleman: https://youtu.be/xy8TMbk24dI Adam Humphries: https://youtu.be/C9xfje_pnNA Diontae Johnson: https://youtu.be/tv7EBloVsfU Tua Tagovailoa: https://youtu.be/C0m6yvw5Tw8 Saquon Barkley update: https://youtu.be/-hTXuA4mv8w Allen Lazard: https://youtu.be/Iwaku9w_jHQ Calvin Ridley: https://youtu.be/-klAQFP69HE Gardner Minshew: https://youtu.be/f3WKeFT9Vw0

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NFL Injury Review-Week 7

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Heading into week seven of the 2020 NFL season there were a ton of injuries to keep track of.

Thursday nights game saw a couple injuries that bear monitoring. The New York Giants Devonta Freeman suffered an ankle injury of unknown severity, possibly a high-ankle sprain. Eagles DeSean Jackson suffered a significant ankle injury similar to teammate Dallas Goedert, likely a combination of non-displaced ankle fracture as well as high ankle sprain, and should likely miss at least six weeks. However there is some good news, and that Jalen Reagor is expected to be activated off IR and should play in week eight.
Several of the consensus top 20 running backs were injured in some capacity, and Miles Sanders, Mark Ingram, Joe Mixon and Aaron Jones were all added to that list over the past week.Aaron Jones suffered a calf injury late in the week and was inactive for Sunday’s game.

In the early games Dak Prescott’s replacement, current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a head injury secondary to a dirty hit that knocked him out of the game. He was diagnosed with a concussion.

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock appeared to have suffered a knee injury, however this was only a minor concern and he didn’t miss any time.
Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay sustained a concussion.
The San Francisco 49ers ran all over the New England Patriots, but 49ers got even more injured in the process. Losing Deebo Samuel to a hamstring strain for a couple weeks, as well as fill in running back Jeff Wilson Jr., shortly after scoring his third touchdown of the day, suffered a high-ankle sprain, and is likely going to short term IR. On the opposite side of the ball Patriots’ wide receivers Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry both struggled, Edelman with a knee injury, and Harry appear to have sustained a concussion.
The most significant injury of the day belonged to Odell Beckham Jr., who unfortunately suffered a season-ending torn ACL after trying to track down an opposing defender who just intercepted a pass.
Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook appears to also have sustained a torn ACL. The Jets finally got to active stud rookie Denzel Mims after suffering double-hamstring strains early in camp, but were without Jamison Crowder due to a groin injury and then Breshad Perriman sustained a concussion.
The Steelers Diontae Johnson, who has struggled with injuries, was targeted 15 times, scoring two touchdowns but unfortunately suffered what appears to be a minor ankle injury.
The Chargers Virgil Green in the middle of catching a touchdown pass suffered an ankle injury and possible fracture.
The Sunday night game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks was a shootout. Unfortunately many of the running backs in this game sustained injuries. Kenyan Drake suffered a high-ankle sprain and is likely out at least 3 to 4 weeks, and will go to temporary IR. It’s Chase Edmonds time.
Three of the four Seattle Seahawks running backs sustained injuries. Stud Chris Carson sustained a mild midfoot sprain, commonly described as a LisFranc, that should keep them out at least two weeks, possibly longer. His back up Carlos Hyde sustained a hamstring injury, and third string running back Travis Homer sustained a knee injury. Both Hyde and Homer are questionable for week eight.
In the Monday night game, the Los Angeles Rams were without tight end Tyler Higbee who is dealing with a hand injury. Running back Darrell Henderson was also dealing with a thigh injury, but played well and Robert Woods a groin injury but managed to play. Bears stud wide receiver Allen Robinson was being evaluated for a concussion at the end of the game.
Here is a video injury review:
Several individual videos of players injuries are listed below as well:
Until next week!

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