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2018 NFL Injury Guide: Terrelle Pryor

Mike Casale M.D.

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2018 NFL Injury Guide: Terrelle Pryor, Sr.

 

Age: 29

 

Team: New York Jets

 

2016 Stats: 139 targets, 77 receptions, 1007 yards, 4 TD’s

 

2017 Stats: 37 targets, 20 receptions, 240 yards, 1 TD

 

2018 Projections: 35 receptions, 432 yards, 2 TD’s

 

Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: WR82

 

Injury: During Week 2 of the 2017 season, Terrelle Pryor sustained an ankle injury during a game against the Los Angeles Rams.  Though he managed to play through Week 9, he was eventually forced to shut down his season early and underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on November 20, 2017 to repair torn ligaments in his ankle.

 

After signing with the New York Jets in the offseason, Pryor sustained another ankle injury during training camp in May. This time it was an ankle fracture that required surgical fixation and likely required him to stay off the injured leg for about 2 months. As of this week, Pryor stated that he is finally pain-free and is practicing at full-speed. He will not play in this week’s preseason game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns, and it remains to be seen if he will return to game action this preseason.

 

2018 Health Outlook: Although promising that Pryor is pain-free and back at practice, his conditioning and chemistry with his new teammates likely suffered as a result of his rehabilitation from ankle surgery in May, which likely required an extended period of no weightbearing. This is a similar injury to what Odell Beckham suffered last year, and the results are generally excellent when surgery is done to restore the normal anatomy. The procedure that he had in November of 2017 is the same surgery that Cam Newton underwent in 2014. Nevertheless, two injuries requiring surgery on the same ankle in a 6-month span make for a difficult recovery, especially this close to the start of the season. It remains to be seen whether he will have any residual instability in his ankle during game action.

 

Risk of Re-Injury: Moderate

 

Mike Casale, M.D. is an orthopedic surgery resident in his final year of training in New Orleans, LA. Following residency, he plans to complete a fellowship in Foot and Ankle surgery at the University of Virginia. Originally from Cary, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, he is an avid fan of both college football and college basketball (go Heels!), and is a huge NFL and New Orleans Saints fan. When not studying medicine or fantasy football, he enjoys being outdoors with his wife and dog.

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