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DeAndre Hopkins suffers AC joint separation-Dr. Patel

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DeAndre Hopkins suffered a grade 3 AC joint separation on Saturday’s loss to the Colts. These are commonly called “shoulder separations” and occur from hard falls resulting in the ligaments between the clavicle (“collar bone”) and shoulder girdle tearing. These can be considered mild (Type I or II), moderate (Type III), or severe (Type IV or V).

(Courtesy of Brisbane Knee and Shoulder Clinic)

 

Type III separations are treated without surgery initially. Cases with continued pain after a period of rest and rehab can be treated successfully with surgery if needed to secure the bones back together. Recovery is around 10- 12 weeks before full participation in contact sports.

 

Regardless, the Texans are out of the playoffs and with either scenario DeAndre should be back for the preseason at full health.

Amar A. Patel, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in hand, elbow, and shoulder surgery. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and obtained his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he learned advances techniques in traumatic and sports- related injuries. He completed advanced training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. Dr. Patel currently practices at the Orthopaedic Associates of Riverside in Chicago, Illinois. He is an avid sports fan and has been a fantasy sports participant for over 15 years.

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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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