NFL Week 2 Injuries

Tonight's game aside, the second week of NFL football is complete and along with it some players season. Only two weeks into the season the injury list for the NFL is quite long. With the hard hits on the run, it is no surprise that most of these injuries occur in the knees, ankle and feet.

Dallas Cowboys' fullback Deon Anderson is reported to be out for two to four weeks after having surgery on his left knee. This is not too surprising as during his time here in Texas there have been several injuries. Last year's knee injury may be coming back to haunt him as this surgery is to repair a torn meniscus. The menisci are very important to knee function and can be quite debilitating if not treated properly.

Yesterday surely added a few injuries that won't be fully assessed until later this week. Cornerback for the Denver Bronco's, Champ Bailey, suffered a left ankle injury in their win over the Seahawks. A good lesson for all of us, he was using crutches to off load the ankle after the game. Until the extent of the injury can be properly assessed, it is important not to aggravate the injury or cause any further damage.

While we could spend the entire football season discussing foot and ankle injuries, we'll try to limit it to the more significant problems. One such injury occurred in the season opener for the Green Bay Packers. Their running back Ryan Grant is out for the rest of season due to the injury that occurred. If similar to the picture, it is is not a common injury. The ligaments that are on the inside of your ankle are some of the strongest in your body. These ligaments are so strong that injury to them often includes bone being broken where they insert. This injury will require surgical repair and sideline him for the rest of the season. While the Packers were still able to pull off a win this week, the effects of losing their starting running back, who contributed over 1,200 yards each of the last two years, remains to be seen.

Until next time, keep happy and healthy Austin!


Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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