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Week 5 Injury Review

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Initially week five started off relatively quietly. We first found out that Julio Jones was inactivated, secondary to a hamstring injury that caused him to leave Week 4 early. Then things got really crazy really quickly.

The Patriots / Broncos game got postponed secondary to a new Covid infection on the Patriots. This indirectly led to a ripple down effect, leading to eight different NFL games getting rescheduled.
Compared to the last couple of weeks thankfully there were not too many injuries today. However there were several big name injuries including three to quarterbacks. The Washington football team’s Kyle Allen suffered a huge hit and likely a concussion. This in turn led to an unbelievable return from Alex Smith, who suffered a traditionally career threatening injury over two years ago that led to over 18 different surgeries.
Baker Mayfield suffered a big hit on his side which likely injured his ribs, and the initial reports were that x-rays were negative. Rib injuries are very painful and particularly concerning for quarterbacks. Remember not too long ago Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was dealing with a rib fracture that was treated with a local injection that led to a partially collapsed lung.
The most significant and devastating injury of the weekend belongs to the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott. Unfortunately he suffered what appears to be a season-ending ankle injury. Based on recent reports he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle. That this means that his ankle bone was broken in multiple pieces. Prescott already underwent surgery and there are major concerns that if the bone popped out of the skin, we would have a similar situation to Alex Smith, which could be potentially career-threatening. Best case scenario Prescott misses at least six weeks, but the more likely scenario is that he misses at least 6 to 8 months. Very unfortunate nonetheless.
Kansas City Chiefs veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered a hamstring strain and missed the majority of the game after catching a touchdown. Fellow veteran wide receiver AJ Green also suffered a hamstring strain and missed the majority of the Bengals game as well.
After reverting to his 2019 form in Week 4, Jaguars’ wide receiver D.J. Chark suffered an ankle injury and left the game early, there have been little details about this injury.
Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson suffered a back injury that caused him to miss the majority of the game. Rookie wide receiver Charles Claypool took full advantage and scored four touchdowns in total. Jets wide receiver Chris Hogan suffered a potential serious injury, only limited details are available right now.
Unfortunately the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo appears to have returned toI early from his high-ankle sprain, and was unable to push off with his throws, struggling in his return. He was replaced at halftime and may need more time for the ankle to fully heal.
In the Sunday night game, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook appeared to have suffered a groin strain. He attempted to return but only made it one play and remained on the sideline while back up Alexander Mattison looked fantastic. There’s a good chance Cook misses Week 6.
One final note is that Michael Thomas, returning from a high-ankle sprain of his own, Thomas was potentially expected to return tomorrow night for Monday night football. News came out that he reportedly got into an altercation with a teammate during the Friday practice and punched him. As a result he has been inactivated for Week 5 and will not play.
We are still awaiting details on several of these injuries, but both the Prescott and AJ Green injuries were covered here. If you prefer the video form of this into review, please watch it here.
Initial Dak video: https://youtu.be/tnZjNOYAPIk
Week 5 injury update: https://youtu.be/ayUOXax9-zU

Jesse A Morse, MD is a fellowship-trained sports medicine doctor practicing in Miami, Florida. He specializes in Regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, fractures and, non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Morse treats professional athletes regularly and understands their mindset and how to get them back on the field. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Morse grew up watching the Larry Bird led Boston Celtics, the Wade Boggs and Pedro Martinez led Boston Red Sox, and then the Tom Brady led Patriots win multiple championships. Dr. Morse has served on the medical staff of multiple professional teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Miami Marlins. In his spare time, Dr. Morse loves exercising, sports cars, and playing fantasy sports/DFS.

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NFL Week 8 Injury Review

Jesse Morse M.D.

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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

Jesse Morse M.D.

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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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