With the Penguins morning skate report, it looked to be business as usual until you got to the defensive pairings. Zach Trotman was paired with Brian Dumoulin on the top line. The usual pairing is Kris Letang and Dumoulin, so everyone begged the question where is Letang?
Minnesota Wild defenseman, Mathew Dumba, left Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames in the first period. He sustained an upper-body injury, which we have now discovered will force Dumba to miss three months.
Jack Doyle Tight End for the Indianapolis Colts has more than playing for the same team in common with his quarterback Andrew Luck. Both players now have the experience of suffering a serious injury to their kidney following a hit during a game in their careers. Doyle spent Sunday night in the hospital after needing a procedure to treat a lacerated kidney.
Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons Kicker, Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills Tight End, Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back lead a long list of NFL players who are or have battled hamstring issues during their career. Some players return after a week or two and some end up on IR. What makes hamstrings so difficult to pinpoint a time to return to play?
Each year when training camps open in the NFL hope for the upcoming season runs high with the fan base. Then the injuries begin happening and fans get upset. There are several calls to fire the strength and conditioning staff or multiple comments that the players didn’t do enough during their break between OTA’s and training camp to stay in shape. Everyone has a reason, but there are few answers as to what is causing the “spike” in injuries. So far two torn achilles tendons, 11 ACL tears, and 6 hamstring injuries have been reported and we are only halfway through the second week of training camp.
Elijah McGuire, running back for the New York Jets underwent surgery for a microfracture in his foot on Monday and multiple reports stated he would be out 3-6 weeks when the injury was first reported. Fans have 2 questions I am sure.
Concussions are a risk in any sport, some more than others. All professional sports governing authorities have established concussion protocols including criteria that must be met in order to return to participation. The protocols are similar, but they do have several unique tweaks specific to that league. This article will review the concussion protocols and the return to play criteria adopted by MLB, NBA, and the NFL.