Monday Morning MD: Common early season medical issues
I hope Dez can make the 4-6 week return, but remember there is a difference between when a player returns and when he is truly effective. Dallas does have the IR/dfr spot to utilize if there is a roster crunch.MMMD 3: Two non-contact knee injuries Everyone fears the worst when a player goes down untouched. Both Antonio Cromartie and Andre Ellington had that happen, but with likely different outcomes. Cromartie had a hyperextension injury with obvious buckling of his left knee. The team is waiting for the MRI but is hoping against the the bad news of an ACL tear. Just this morning, it was announced the MRI showed the ACL was surprisingly spared and he has a pure hyperextension injury. He may have lucked out as this is the same knee that he tore his ACL in college. Sometimes reconstructed knees can accommodate more laxity and hyperextension. The extent of any bone bruising and swelling will determine when he can return but estimates range from 2-6 weeks. Ellington’s injury was considerably different. His knee was flexed and did not visibly shift. Bruce Arians indicated it appears to be a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury but was not certain. A non-contact PCL injury is rare, and likely would be mild. Breshad Perriman suffered a first day of camp contact PCL injury and has yet to return. Even if confirmed as a PCL injury, my hope is that it would be mild, giving a best case return in the next week or two. In the worst case, it is still non-surgical and he would return in 6-8 weeks. MMMD 4: Week 1 medical rundown Eric Berry gave us the best medical story of the day. He was diagnosed with cancer on December 8th of last year, but is now fully recovered and played in the Chiefs opener. Carson Palmer in his return from his 2nd ACL surgery played well in victory with 300+ yards 3 TDs and 0 INT. Jadeveon Clowney returned after microfracture surgery. He was platooned but played well with four tackles, one for loss. C.J. Anderson has a sprained toe. Severity not know but he did finish the game. Demaryius Thomas needed hand X-rays but finished the game as well. Delanie Walker left the game for X-rays on his right hand. No fracture, but he was still casted to control swelling and pain. The cast will likely come off today or tomorrow and with good treatment he is probable for next week. Derek Carr injured his hand straight-arming a tackler. Although X-rays were negative, his status is uncertain as it involves his throwing hand. TY Hilton knee X-rays were negative and his injury was announced as a bruise. A deep bone bruise is essentially a microscopic fracture. Hopefully it is superficial as a deep bruise could be six weeks or more. Lorenzo Mauldin, Jets LB, was placed on a spine board and taken to a hospital overnight to rule out head and neck injury. Better safe than sorry, but early reports are that he is moving all extremities. Jason Pierre-Paul was not cleared by the Giants to play. The fear always has been more than the index finger amputation. Thumb fracture and skin grafts were expected, but a new report includes loss of a portion of another finger. MMMD 5: Can’t refuse concussion evaluation Controversy started when Odell Beckham Jr. seemed to waive off medical staff. A player cannot refuse head injury evaluation like he can other body parts. After initial protest, OBJ was given a sideline concussion evaluation. The unaffiliated neuro consultants seem to have taken an even bigger role this season and there is no way an exam could be bypassed. Beckham’s immediate on field reaction to the hit is causing a stir. Jarvis Landry had a similar reaction to a hit and stayed in the game to have a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown. Despite the new medical timeout rule, concussions controversy will not go away. MMMD 6: What happens when a referee is injured?