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Bilal Powell (Neck) career in jeopardy?-Dr. Mimran

Ronnie Mimran M.D.

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Bilal Powell has been placed on injured reserve and will be undergoing season ending neck surgery. According to reports, he has a bulging or herniated disc in his cervical spine, likely putting pressure on his spinal cord, a nerve root, or both.

He likely will be having an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or ACDF. The procedure involves an incision in the front of the neck, removal of the offending disc or discs, and replacement with either a bone or synthetic graft. A titanium plate is placed to hold everything together. Over time, the bone above and below the damaged disc will grow together, which stabilizes the joint permanently.

It’s a very common surgery, the same one that Peyton Manning ultimately had. Although a return to play is certainly possible, the ability to return depends on many factors. Age, position, neurological status all play a role in the RTP decision.

Dr. Mimran is board certified in neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. His practice focuses on surgical and non-surgical treatment of brain and spine disorders, with an emphasis on minimally invasive and image-guided techniques for the spine. He has a broad experience with the neurosurgical care of the injured athlete and serves as a consultant for multiple different professional sports teams. Dr. Mimran received his BS in physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his medical training at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Florida. along with a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive spine surgery. Following his neurosurgical residency, Dr. Mimran moved to the Bay Area and joined the team at Pacific Brain and Spine Medical Group, in Danville, California. Dr. Mimran has received numerous awards and honors, earning the Patients’ Choice Award for seven consecutive years, and gaining recognition as a five-year honoree of the Compassionate Doctor Award, among others. He is also a leading educator in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and navigated spine surgery, and has taught over 200 courses worldwide.

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Patrick Chung undergoing multiple surgeries-Dr. Patel

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Patrick Chung of the New England Patriots suffered a forearm fracture during the Super Bowl, and he is set to undergo surgery this week. This will involve placing plates and screws across the bones to allow them to heal in the proper position. This could be something similar to an injury that Rob Gronkowski had several years ago, but all of the details are not available.

 

A few weeks later he will also have surgery to address a shoulder problem that he had been dealing with throughout the season. This is most likely a partial or complete injury to the labrum in the shoulder or the rotator cuff. These tend to be injuries that athletes can play through with some pain and address in the off season.

 

Regardless, he is expected to miss the OTAs and be back for training camp.

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Cam Newton undergoes shoulder surgery-Dr. Parekh

Selene Parekh, M.D.

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Melvin Gordon is banged up

Eric Friedman, M.D.

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Melvin Gordon has been fighting through a bunch of leg injuries all year, but this week might be his toughest yet. On 11/25 against the Arizona Cardinals Melvin Gordon suffered a right MCL injury on a tackle by Arizona defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche. This caused Gordon to miss the next 3 weeks. Then, in a week 17 game Gordon appeared to suffer a mild right high ankle sprain. Last week, against the Ravens, Gordon appeared to already be slowed down with his injuries to his right leg and was wearing a right knee brace. Then, during the first quarter CJ Mosley made a tackle that appeared to cause a left MCL sprain. He returned to the game but was not the same Melvin Gordon we have seen earlier in the year. Melvin Gordon is active and will play against the Patriots but expect him to be limited and not nearly 100%. We will likely see more Austin Ekeler than usual.

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