Devin Moore was placed on injured reserve after suffering a brachial plexus injury during his second kickoff return of the Week 4 game at Jacksonville on October 3. In the Training Room explores the likelihood that Moore can return to duty in 2011.
The brachial plexus is a nerve bundle that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. An injury to the area can be caused in a few different ways – one is falling such that the neck is moved too far laterally (to the side) from the shoulder. The other is when the arm is suddenly pulled upon when already extended (the example given in Wikipedia is grabbing a tree branch as you are falling). Another possibility is that the nerves were damaged trying to relocate a dislocated shoulder. It is most likely that as he tried to reach for more yards, Moore had his arm extended and it got caught under the pile while tacklers converged. More >
Earlier this week, the league levied steep fines for several violent hits delivered by players either as helmet-to-helmet contact or hitting defenseless receivers. The primary issue is the threat of concussion, an injury to the brain that can result in the loss of memory, reduced cognitive ability, and an inability to speak normally. In severe or repeated cases, concussions can cause ongoing headaches, change one’s personality, and accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mechanically, a concussion takes place when the brain strikes the inside of the skull through some sort of traumatic force. Think of the brain as a loosely-belted passenger in a car, and recall Newton’s first and second laws of physics. If the car is driving straight ahead and crashes into a brick wall, the passenger will continue moving ahead at the previous speed until the belt or the dashboard stops him. Similarly, in a head-on helmet-to-helmet hit, the brain crashes into the front of the skull, potentially causing temporary or long-term damage. When you consider how the game is played and the sense of invincibility that players likely feel with helmets and pads, it’s a wonder that concussions aren’t suffered on every play.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Dallas Clark has a hand/wrist injury that will keep him out indefinitely. Injury expert Will Carroll that it was a wrist sprain, and that Clark was seeking an opinion as to whether surgery is necessary.
A sprain is when the ligaments that control motion around the joint are stretched beyond their normal limits. A sprain usually happens when the athlete uses his outstretched hand to break a fall. Sprains are classified by severity, with Grade 1 being mild with no tearing, Grade 2 moderate with partial tearing, and Grade 3, torn ligaments and joint instability.
Joseph Addai had a career day last Sunday, one that Bill Polian declared maybe his best performance ever, if not statistically. He also suffered what appeared to be a very serious injury in the game when Redskins linebacker London Fletcher buried the crown of his helmet into Addai’s left shoulder as Addai was already being brought to the ground on a short run.
Today, we learned from Indianapolis Star writer Phil B. Wilson that Joe suffered nerve damage to the point where he was unable to raise his left arm on Sunday night. More >
With Colts safety Bob Sanders currently sitting out with a torn biceps (his second in two years), most fans assume that the team is just prolonging the inevitable. But instead of shipping Bobzilla to injured reserve, they are holding out hope that he can rehab his way back to the field as early as the San Diego game (November 28). At the very least, they hope he will be available for the final two or three regular season games and a playoff run, should the Colts get in. Even if Sanders is available only for those final three games, that could prove significant, as two of those games are against division rival Tennessee – imagine Sanders laying wood on Chris Johnson, denying him a second consecutive 2000-yard season, while propelling the Colts into the playoffs! More >
Chip Vaughn was signed to the team on October 25, after spending time with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. The Training Room takes a look at the investment from a medical perspective.
Vaughn’s injury history is refreshingly clean. There are no reports of injuries before his rookie season with the Saints, when he underwent surgery before the first preseason game to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The primary question is why Vaughn was placed on IR for what is usually a shorter term recovery.
There are two courses of action to address a torn meniscus: either a meniscectomy (removal of the torn fragment), or an actual repair. Full recovery from a meniscectomy is typically a four-to-eight week process. Recovery from a meniscal repair takes much longer because of the poor blood supply to the area; it may require 6-12 months before the athlete can return to the field.
According to WLFI Channel 18′s Anthony Calhoun, Anthony Gonzalez is expected to be out for an “extended period of time,” up to several weeks, due to a knee injury sustained in the November 1st game against Houston. The assumption is that he sustained the injury when Texans’ safety Bernard Pollard, an accomplished knee-killer, rode Gonzo out of bounds and drove him into the turf.
Coltzilla does not have any inside knowledge, but it is reasonable to speculate that he suffered a broken or dislocated patella (kneecap) on the play. Updates to follow as we get them.
After sitting out 3 games to recover from previous concussion symptoms, Austin Collie roared back to the field on Sunday, catching 8 passes for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he would make another early exit as Jacksonville LB Daryl Smith’s forearm caught Collie’s neck awkwardly on an attempted seam route, resulting in yet another concussion.
One of the debates raging amongst fans and analysts right now is whether this was Collie’s second or third concussion. The team has been careful to classify this as his second, labelling his exit from the Patriots game as being due to a recurrence of symptoms from the original concussion suffered in the Eagles game. There are fans who believe that, because Collie was medically cleared to play in the Patriots game, an early exit due to concussion-like symptoms is tantamount to a separate concussion, thus making this most recent one his third.
To all of these arguments, I say… what does it matter? More >
UPDATE 3: Phil B announces the end of Jerraud Powers’ season:
confirm signing of RB Dominic Rhodes and place CB Jerraud Powers (arm surgery) on season-ending IR.
UPDATE 2: Paul Kuharsky, who covers the AFC South for ESPN, suggests that Powers then play with it.
UPDATE: We now know that Powers has a broken bone in his right forearm. It is still undetermined whether this will land Powers on IR, but he will definitely be out for several weeks.
Fresh off a heart-breaking loss to the Cowboys in overtime, the Colts may now be reeling with another loss… this one to injury. Indy Star writer Phil B. Wilson just about Jerraud Powers’ status:
Hate to pile on, but I’m hearIng CB Jerraud Powers has serious arm injury. If so, he’s likely done for year.
Coltzilla will bring fresh news as we hear what the injury is.