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Week 3 NFL Injury Review

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Week three was quite exciting. There were so many injuries in week two that I am happy to announce they were not as many significant injuries in week three. With many of the top players already banged up including Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Devante Adams, and Julio Jones dealing with injuries over the past 10 days.
They were a couple of concussions to two wide receivers that ended their day’s early, including Diontae Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Russell Gage of the Atlanta Falcons.
The largest injury of the day appears to be a torn ACL for the recently extended Chicago Bears running back to Tarik Cohen. An MRI in the morning should confirm the unfortunate season ending injury.
The injuries continue to mount for the Philadelphia Eagles, already struggling with rookie Jalen Reagor‘s recent thumb injury, add in some miss time with Miles Sanders, a soon to return Alshon Jeffery and now add Dallas Goedert, who is dealing with a foot/ankle injury that could sign Hiren him a couple weeks depending on the imaging. DeSean Jackson also left the game early with a hamstring injury which I believe he was already dealing with but we aggravated.
The only team probably hurting more than the Eagles, besides maybe the Broncos is the San Francisco 49ers. Already without star tight end George Kittle who is likely to return in week four, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who is dealing with a high ankle sprain, running back Raheem Mostert who should miss a couple weeks with an MCL injury and Tevin Coleman who is dealing with a knee injury of his own. Add in Deebo Samuel who is likely to return the next two weeks.
Replacement tight end Jordan Reed suffered an ankle injury today that needs to be monitored. Third string running back Jerick McKinnon suffered a rib injury today that could potentially hold him out of Week 4 depending on the severity.
Colts rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman suffered an ankle injury but was able to return to the game. Fellow wide receiver Paris Campbell was recently placed on IR after suffering both a PCL and MCL injury to his knee last week.
The Bills, who stormed back to beat the Rams and secure a 3-0 start. John Brown, who had been recently dealing with a foot injury, left the game early with a calf injury. These have a tendency to linger and usually will keep him out at least a couple weeks.
The Chargers Mike Williams, who suffered a grade 3 AC/shoulder sprain in training, camp re-injured his shoulder today. New should clarify the extent of his current injury. He returned much faster than traditional protocols so maybe he can repeat his magic again. Rookie Justin Herbert was in at QB for the chargers, after Tyrod Taylor who had been dealing with a rib fracture, received an injection before Week 3’s game which unfortunately punctured his lung, causing a pneumothorax. I expect him to miss a couple more weeks.
In a thrilling shoot out, Seahawks running back Chris Carson suffered a left knee sprain after a defender twisted his knee at the end of a play. Depending on the severity of the damage this could range from 1 to 4 weeks.
The Buccaneers wide receivers have struggled to stay healthy through the first three weeks of the season. Initially Mike Evans was dealing with a hamstring strain and then Chris Godwin suffered a concussion in Week 1, which kept him out of week two. Now Godwin strained his hamstring and it remains to be seen how long he’s going to miss now.
In the Sunday night game, New Orleans Saints, who should get Michael Thomas back in Week 4, potentially lost another receiving option, as tight end Jared Cook suffered a groin strain. These traditionally take about two weeks to heal, but can be much longer if it is a sports hernia.
I discussed the majority of these injuries today, find the links below.
Top Recent Videos:
Chris Godwin Injury: https://youtu.be/RpTMYsYPHV4
Chris Carson Injury: https://youtu.be/43xZQAPmKZU
Budda Baker Injury: https://youtu.be/SY2uvZTbXAI
John Brown Injury: https://youtu.be/w_SIU07u2DI
Tarik Cohen Injury: https://youtu.be/RbL7dQG88DI
Russell Gage Injury: https://youtu.be/Egm0zqFw4SY
Dallas Goedert Injury: https://youtu.be/AoJ4CnXoYqA
DeSean Jackson Injury: https://youtu.be/HmOvnx6S-7k
Jerick McKinnon Injury: https://youtu.be/vD6MFVGSd14
Diontae Johnson Injury: https://youtu.be/6jLghjhf_Uc
Jordan Reed Injury Gage: https://youtu.be/jkf7eKItO1k
Darren Waller Injury Video: https://youtu.be/4d5murzi6N8
Zack Moss Injury Video: https://youtu.be/VKA2OmduPUw
Davante Adams Injury: https://youtu.be/XLtNAgH0AOM
Josh Jacobs Injury Update: https://youtu.be/3_tpfSIeSGk
George Kittle Update: https://youtu.be/liF5z0N_fvs
Alshon Jeffery Injury: https://youtu.be/pgBQ8CMhvIs
Jalen Reagor Injury: https://youtu.be/Bu10nbJnAu0
Tyrod Taylor Update: https://youtu.be/EREKvdw0qnc
Sterling Shepard Injury: https://youtu.be/4_o7VMp6yrE
Julio Jones Injury Video: https://youtu.be/s06g84lvTBY
Josh Jacobs Injury Video: https://youtu.be/wjEoXjBDV-k
Raheem Mostert Update: https://youtu.be/xOvw79HOql4
Jimmy Garoppolo Update: https://youtu.be/LT7mKF_oB3k
Tyrod Taylor Injury Video: https://youtu.be/MlT4lbfmC0I
Parris Campbell (MCL) Update: https://youtu.be/jILgQerTzd0
Parris Campbell (PCL) Update: https://youtu.be/rzsuOJHr3Xo
Courtland Sutton update: https://youtu.be/V-bkcmYUyCw
Christian McCaffrey Update: https://youtu.be/y8-oduDj9sc
Saquon Barkley Update: https://youtu.be/APhmX_cPDkU
Cam Akers Injury Video: https://youtu.be/riYsfXJie6M
Michael Thomas Injury Video: https://youtu.be/HDC4kNx7B_Q
A.J. Brown Injury Video: https://youtu.be/jQF7dHCE7Uk

Jesse A Morse, MD is a fellowship-trained sports medicine doctor practicing in Miami, Florida. He specializes in Regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, fractures and, non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Morse treats professional athletes regularly and understands their mindset and how to get them back on the field. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Morse grew up watching the Larry Bird led Boston Celtics, the Wade Boggs and Pedro Martinez led Boston Red Sox, and then the Tom Brady led Patriots win multiple championships. Dr. Morse has served on the medical staff of multiple professional teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Miami Marlins. In his spare time, Dr. Morse loves exercising, sports cars, and playing fantasy sports/DFS.

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NFL Week 6 Injury Review

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Week six saw a couple big-name injuries but thankfully none appear to be season-ending. Baker Mayfield struggled and appeared to either re-injure himself or essentially get benched due to the blowout.

Several big name running backs suffered injuries in week six, unfortunately sticking with the worrisome trend. Joe Mixon briefly left with a foot injury, likely a sprain as he ended up returning.A very good sign which usually means there is no fracture. The Baltimore Ravens’ Mark Ingram suffered an ankle injury and is unlikely to return until week eight, likely meaning he’s dealing with either a moderate lateral low ankle sprain or a high ankle sprain.
The Philadelphia Eagles can’t seem to catch a break. Despite putting up monster numbers on the ground, Miles Sanders unfortunately suffered a knee injury that initially appeared concerning but looks like he will only miss 2 to 3 weeks. The timing is unfortunate as they play on Thursday night, and then again in 10 daysbefore a bye. Already without tight end Dallas Goedert, and the majority of their wide receivers, the Eagles lost Zack Ertz with a high ankle sprain for at least 3 to 5 weeks.
After recently returning from a knee sprain, the San Francisco 49ers Raheem Mostert unfortunately suffered a high-ankle sprain, and is likely going to miss at least three weeks, possibly up to five. Look for him to go to short term IR, with the goal of returning after Week 10.
Several big-name wide receivers return from injury this week, including Davante Adams, Julio Jones and Chris Godwin. Although DJ Chark returned, he did not do very well, only catching 7 out of his 14 targets for 45 yards. Julio Jones‘ hamstring fared much better than his last game as he put up monster numbers in his return.
Despite returning after dealing with the combination of calf and knee injuries for the past few weeks, John Brown was held catchless in his return.
Despite putting up solid numbers the Minnesota Vikings‘ Adam Thielen appears to have possibly re-injured his shoulder. He was dealing with a shoulder injury a couple weeks ago, but did not miss any time. This is something to monitor.
The Dolphins’ DeVante Parker unfortunately suffered a groin strain, but thankfully the Dolphins’ have a bye in week 7, and Parker may be able to return without missing any games.
The Tennessee Titans continue to impress, as they head into week seven as one of the only undefeated teams remaining. Jonnu Smith unfortunately suffered an ankle injury that limited him for most of the game. Early reports are that this is a mild injury and he has a very good chance of playing in a big matchup against the Steelers in week seven.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Tyler Eifert, who had been dealing with a neck injury for the past several weeks, unfortunately re-injured this same injury again.
The majority of these injuries are discussed extensively in their own individual videos below, but there is a good summary provided here: https://youtu.be/gIbqhL_L7vw
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Week 5 Injury Review

Jesse Morse M.D.

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Initially week five started off relatively quietly. We first found out that Julio Jones was inactivated, secondary to a hamstring injury that caused him to leave Week 4 early. Then things got really crazy really quickly.

The Patriots / Broncos game got postponed secondary to a new Covid infection on the Patriots. This indirectly led to a ripple down effect, leading to eight different NFL games getting rescheduled.
Compared to the last couple of weeks thankfully there were not too many injuries today. However there were several big name injuries including three to quarterbacks. The Washington football team’s Kyle Allen suffered a huge hit and likely a concussion. This in turn led to an unbelievable return from Alex Smith, who suffered a traditionally career threatening injury over two years ago that led to over 18 different surgeries.
Baker Mayfield suffered a big hit on his side which likely injured his ribs, and the initial reports were that x-rays were negative. Rib injuries are very painful and particularly concerning for quarterbacks. Remember not too long ago Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was dealing with a rib fracture that was treated with a local injection that led to a partially collapsed lung.
The most significant and devastating injury of the weekend belongs to the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott. Unfortunately he suffered what appears to be a season-ending ankle injury. Based on recent reports he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle. That this means that his ankle bone was broken in multiple pieces. Prescott already underwent surgery and there are major concerns that if the bone popped out of the skin, we would have a similar situation to Alex Smith, which could be potentially career-threatening. Best case scenario Prescott misses at least six weeks, but the more likely scenario is that he misses at least 6 to 8 months. Very unfortunate nonetheless.
Kansas City Chiefs veteran wide receiver Sammy Watkins suffered a hamstring strain and missed the majority of the game after catching a touchdown. Fellow veteran wide receiver AJ Green also suffered a hamstring strain and missed the majority of the Bengals game as well.
After reverting to his 2019 form in Week 4, Jaguars’ wide receiver D.J. Chark suffered an ankle injury and left the game early, there have been little details about this injury.
Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson suffered a back injury that caused him to miss the majority of the game. Rookie wide receiver Charles Claypool took full advantage and scored four touchdowns in total. Jets wide receiver Chris Hogan suffered a potential serious injury, only limited details are available right now.
Unfortunately the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo appears to have returned toI early from his high-ankle sprain, and was unable to push off with his throws, struggling in his return. He was replaced at halftime and may need more time for the ankle to fully heal.
In the Sunday night game, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook appeared to have suffered a groin strain. He attempted to return but only made it one play and remained on the sideline while back up Alexander Mattison looked fantastic. There’s a good chance Cook misses Week 6.
One final note is that Michael Thomas, returning from a high-ankle sprain of his own, Thomas was potentially expected to return tomorrow night for Monday night football. News came out that he reportedly got into an altercation with a teammate during the Friday practice and punched him. As a result he has been inactivated for Week 5 and will not play.
We are still awaiting details on several of these injuries, but both the Prescott and AJ Green injuries were covered here. If you prefer the video form of this into review, please watch it here.
Initial Dak video: https://youtu.be/tnZjNOYAPIk
Week 5 injury update: https://youtu.be/ayUOXax9-zU
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Why there should be a doctor in the booth

Eric Friedman, M.D.

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Why there should be a Doctor in the booth

Your favorite team is kicking off to start the NFL season and it goes near the sideline.  The kick off returner puts 1 foot out of bounds and picks up the ball.  The referee throws the flag.  Your favorite broadcaster has no idea what is going on since they do not know every NFL rule.  So all the major broadcast companies bring in a “rules expert” to explain what is going on.

In today’s culture where everybody wants immediate information and updates, I propose there should be a medical expert in the booth.
Instead of having Troy Aikman or Tony Romo who have exactly 0 years of medical training widely speculating about what injury a player has, why not have someone with training. In today’s game Tony Romo said he hoped Dak Prescott had a “cramp” when looking at his obvious open fracture.
How accurate can a doctor be just watching video?
In medical school we are taught 75% of diagnoses can be made just by history without a physical exam.  This percentage increases greatly when we take the patient’s interpretation completely out of the equation and only look at the video.  Yes it is true that it is difficult to be as accurate without a physical exam or talking to the patient, but watching a video replay of the mechanism of the injury can lead to very accurate results.  Dr. David Chao is well known on twitter, and is a former Chargers team doc, and has estimated his accuracy in the mid 90%.  I have also been diagnosing injuries by replay (including when wendy williams had a syncopal event and I correctly predicted vasovagal syncope) and my percentage is also in the mid 90%.
Give the football fans what they want and hire doctors to be a “medical experts” in the booth to let you know if your favorite player is ok.
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