This article will provide you with in-depth
analysis of key injuries and their resultant implications on fantasy
football. This information comes straight from my perspective
as a Physical Therapist and collegiate Athletic Trainer of ten
years. Over that time, I have seen and treated almost every injury
that can occur in this violent sport. Hopefully this piece gives
you a little more insight into the anatomy of an injury.
The Vick sandwich should cause him to
miss two weeks .
Vick and LeSean
Injury: Broken Ribs
Healing Time: 2-4 weeks, 1-2 weels
Impact on the Field: In what was
one of the worst hits I have seen in a while, Michael Vick was
sandwiched between two defenders on his way to the goal line.
He was hit at exactly the same time causing compression of ribs
and sternum. The force was so great that he broke multiple ribs/sprained
cartilage. "There is some cartilage damage up in there and
a small fracture up in there, so maybe a week, maybe 2 weeks,
Vick said earlier this week. He was in a lot of pain and I doubt
that you see him before two weeks are missed. It was that bad
of a hit and pain is a big concern for someone who has to torque
his body to throw. McCoy also experienced a broken rib and was
able to play through it. His status for this week is in jeopardy
- again because of pain. Running backs take more hits but are
able to brace themselves better with padding and avoiding big
hits more than quarterbacks. Twisting motions are miserable for
people with broken ribs and pain medicine can only do so much.
In my opinion, Vick will miss more time than McCoy.
Smith and Andre
Injury: High Ankle Sprain
Healing Time: 3-4 weeks
Impact on the field: The high-ankle
sprain is one where the lower leg meets the foot. The two shinbones
are splayed apart ripping a ligament that attaches them. Because
that is where the force of the ground is transmitted, this injury
takes longer to heal. That being said, Smithís bigger problem
is his quarterback play. I think he is back after the Week 6 bye,
but he may not score very well the rest of the way if Matt
Moore doesnít come back to save him. In Johnsonís case, he
already has a week of rest. Heís very dedicated and may try to
play this week but as I have stated more than a few times in this
article, it is best to let this injury heal. Let what happened
with Michael Turner last year be a lesson - if one returns to
early, they are much more susceptible to re-injury.