NFL Injury Analysis: QB Problems for the Football Team

NFL Injury Analysis: QB Problems for the Football Team

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Washington Football Team lost their latest starting quarterback to a serious hip injury that could keep him sidelined for up to eight weeks. Fitzpatrick suffered a right hip subluxation in the second quarter of the team's loss to the Chargers, an injury later confirmed by MRI. A subluxation, also known as a partial dislocation, occurs when a joint is forced out of its normal alignment, but only temporarily. Subluxations generally reduce, or return to normal alignment, without outside assistance. However, even if the joint goes back in place, there are still ramifications following the undue stress placed on the area. Generally, this involves soft tissue structures like ligaments or stabilizing cartilage. Multiple major ligaments stabilize the acetabulofemoral joint (ball-and-socket joint) of the hip, along with a ring of cartilage known as the labrum. When the head of the femur displaces from the hip, it often does so at the expense of the labrum and/or these ligaments. Fitzpatrick's eventual return will be dictated by the severity of the soft tissue damage and any necessary treatments. Washington is sending Fitzpatrick to multiple specialists to determine the extent of his injury and the most appropriate approach to care. In the meantime, Taylor Heinicke will take over as the starting quarterback. The fourth-year pro completed 11 of 15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown after replacing Fitzpatrick. 

Jerry Jeudy

The Broncos wideout suffered a scary looking ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Giants. Jeudy's leg was trapped underneath him

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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