As the NFL season continues along, each week has shown a string of new injuries. With no preseason games this year, are the players ready to play? Are they in the best shape to compete on the field?
In Week 2 of the NFL, we saw multiple all-stars go down with injuries. Most notable was Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. McCaffrey suffered the injury on a 7-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter. He had his ankle taped but did not return to play. After the game, an MRI revealed a high ankle sprain. High ankle sprains can be worse than inversion ankle sprains. If the sprain is not immobilized immediately it could lead to tearing in the tib-fib syndesmosis. If tearing occurs, this may require surgical fixation. McCaffrey will likely require a minimum 4 to 6 weeks of treatment, beginning with immobilization and gradually increasing range of motion and strength. If he is rushed back into play earlier, he is at risk of a syndesmotic injury that could have him sidelined for the rest of the season.
For fantasy owners, be on the look out for his replacement Mike Davis to take over for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Most importantly, if you have ankle instability and pain visit Brucato foot and ankle for evaluation, treatment, and some more fantasy football tips!