Oct 1, 2009
I received an e-mail with some injury thoughts on some current guys from our Dr. D, our resident physician and fantasy freak. He had some good insight on some of these injured players, so I thought I’d share.
Anthony Gonzalez/Felix Jones – Like with what I said last year about Sidney Rice, the recovery for these injuries is completely variable. Some athletes start feeling “right” within a few weeks,and others take a very long time to get their proprioception (or position sense) back to normal. If I had to guess, I would say that Gonzalez would be back to normal sooner than Jones, since Jones’ game is far more likely to be affected by this injury than Gonzalez’.
Willie Parker – I have been down on Parker for a while, and all this injury does is slow him down even more. From his history, he’ll likely try to practice play through it, which should only exacerbate it, making him slower and less agile. I doubt PIT will have patience with that.
Frank Gore – Gore’s had a history with his ankle, and his current injury really sucks. I have no idea what an ankle strain is – we don’t usually refer to any ankle injury as a strain. It sounds like he sprained ligaments, but he also has a hind foot injury that may be a result of this recent injury or it may be a chronic injury. I can’t say for sure, but the MRI report sounded bad. Foot sprains really suck – I would advise any Gore owner to RUN, not walk, to get Coffee, since I would bet Gore is out for longer than any Gore owner would hope.
Kevin Smith – your guess is as good as mine. No clue when the Lions got so tight-lipped.
Kurt Warner – For a guy pulling the trigger on a pass-happy team to have an injury to his throwing arm that might cause weakness in the arm and numbness in the hand…not good. This is a days-to-weeks kind of injury.
Matt Forte – Watch this one. The way he got hit is a swell way to injure a medial meniscus or MCL, and his “not feeling natural” on that knee could be from that. If he were on my team, I wouldn’t be happy, but there’s nothing out there about that.
Laurent Robinson – not a good injury, and I’d bet he’ll need surgery. He’ll probably recover well enough for next year, since the injury is pretty far away from next season.