Originally Posted by thunderkyss
Doc... you mentioned before that Devier suffered a complete rupture of his Achilles. I've googled about as much as I can & haven't found anything that specific. Do you have info not available to the public?
Is it possible that it was not a complete tear?
Good question. Anything is possible. However, we have to go by the information that has been released thus far as being accurate. Posey was quoted as feeling as though her were "shot" when it happens. This description or a "snap" or a "pop" are all classic for describing what is felt when an Achilles ruptures. Rupture implies complete tear as opposed to partial tear.
From just one Feb 9 Chronicle article:
Meanwhile, Texans receiver DeVier Posey, 22, underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in the Jan. 13 playoff loss at New England. It's too early in the rehab process to determine when he might be able to return.
I would love to claim this was a partial tear. However, putting the pieces together (if they are reported accurately), Posey experienced a complete tear.
Photo taken immediately after his injury affords additional valuable affirmation.
In the "Matles Test" the patient lies prone and the knee is flexed to ~90 deg. Any dorsiflexion of the foot indicates a ruptured (complete) tendon. Dorsiflexion in the supine position would be excrutiatingly painful for a partial tear.
Posey was later positioned when carted off with his knee straight and toes down to relax (remove the tension from) the Achilles tendon rupture/gastrocnemius muscle spasm.
Keep in mind that with a complete rupture a player may still be able to dorsiflex his foot, and he may experience only minor pain and swelling.