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Avoid Matt Breida in fantasy this week: what the heck is a “mid-ankle sprain?“

Eric Friedman, M.D.

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Matt Breida has been in and out of multiple games this season.  When in, he has been very effective.  Most recently in week 5 against the Cardinals his left ankle got rolled on by Budda Baker on a tackle in the first quarter.  He did not return.  The MRI afterwards was reported to show a “mid-ankle sprain.”  First, in medical terms “mid-ankle sprain” is not a thing.  You can either have a high ankle sprain or a low ankle sprain. A high ankle sprain is an injury to the syndesmotic ligaments which is a fancy term for saying the ligaments that help hold the 2 bones in your lower leg together and stable.  A low ankle sprain is more common and is an injury to the ATFL and CFL. Based on video it looked like a high ankle sprain.  He is currently listed as a “game-time decision” for Monday night.

It is always difficult in fantasy when you have an injured player on Monday night because you don’t want to be stuck starting him and then him not playing.  I would recommend NOT starting him in fantasy.  He will not be able to return in 1 week from a high ankle sprain and be effective.  I would recommend starting Alfred Morris who should benefit from Breida not playing.

My name is Eric Friedman and I'm originally from New York. I am a big New York sports fan including the Giants, Mets, Knicks, and Rangers. I played multiple sports in high school including baseball, basketball, and tennis. I went down south after high school and attended Wake Forest University, where I majored in health and exercise science and minored in Biology. I stayed for medical school and graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine. Now, I am living in Baltimore where I work as an emergency medicine resident at the University of Maryland and Shock Trauma. I plan to go to sports medicine fellowship afterwards due to my love of sports and helping athletes get healthy and back on the field. I have worked at multiple sports medicine clinics and have published research about achilles tendon tears. I am on twitter @sportsinjuryMD

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