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Old 05-28-2012   #41
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16. Torn right biceps
Year: 2008

Favre file: Suffered over the final five games of the season, in which Favre threw nine interceptions and quarterbacked the New York Jets to a 1-4 mark.

Feels like: Sufferers will often hear a snap and may be able to feel a divot within their biceps. Ewwww. Hurts pretty bad when you have a partial tear; if and when the muscle tears completely, the injury curiously feels a lot less painful.

Standard treatment: Varies. Biceps tears can reduce function, but not always in severe fashion. "Most people walking around with a frayed biceps tendon may not even know it," says Dr. Allston Stubbs, who has worked with the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, the U.S. ski team and Duke University athletics. "The pain is more a problem than the lost functionality. The majority of people are able to compensate. Sometimes it's more of a cosmetic problem than a functional problem. A full tear can make you arm look like Popeye's. Rupturing the muscle is actually how you cosmetically enhance the biceps." As a general rule, tears located near the shoulder require surgery less often than tears by the elbow.

Average recovery time: If surgery is required, at least six months. Full recovery can take an entire year.

Weekend warrior impact: Wearing a sling is inconvenient; participating in recreational sports is a no-go until full elbow flexion and extension and full shoulder motion return. Thankfully, playing fantasy football is A-OK.



17. Pulled groin
Year: 2009

Favre file: Suffered injury in practice; subsequently played against Green Bay and Detroit.

Feels like: Depending on severity, between mild and purgatory, as most movements with your legs become painful. "It can be a harbinger of a more serious injury, such as a labral tear in the hip," says Dr. Peter Millett, a shoulder specialist and team physician for the U.S. ski team. "Alex Rodriguez and Kurt Warner both suffered from that."

Standard treatment: Ice, rest and anti-inflammatories. Extra caution that you don't return to activity too soon, because groin pulls are easy to reinjure.

Average recovery time: One to six weeks.

Weekend warrior impact: Getting in and out of cars is especially painful.



18. Stress fracture, left ankle and avulsion fracture
of calcaneus (heel area)
Year: 2010

Favre file: After injuring ankle in NFC Championship Game against New Orleans, reinjured joint against Green Bay on Oct. 24; played next week against New England.

Feels like: "This hurts!" Yoss says. "Every time you take a step, you're going to feel this one."

Standard treatment: Walking boot for four to six weeks. Limited activity for at least eight weeks. Formal rehab to make sure the calf and Achilles tendon are flexible enough to take tension off the calcaneus.

Average recovery time: Two months.

Weekend warrior impact: If your "Madden NFL" skills are rusty, now's the time to brush up.



19. Sprained sternoclavicular (SC) joint, right shoulder
Year: 2010

Favre file: Finally forced to miss start versus New York Giants.

Feels like: Very, very painful. Swelling and tenderness in the front of the chest. The SC joint attaches the collarbone to the breastbone -- in essence, the arm to the body -- which means most upper-body motions are affected. Worst case scenario: An unstable collarbone can compress major blood vessels, including the jugular vein and aorta.

Standard treatment: Requires careful evaluation by a specialist. Less severe cases require ice, anti-inflammatories, wearing a sling for a few weeks and rehab with range-of-motion exercises. More severe cases require surgery to rebuild torn ligaments.

Average recovery time: Three weeks to more than three months.

Weekend warrior impact: Your status as a jeans-wearin', backyard football all-time quarterback may be in doubt. "It's typically an extremely difficult injury from which to recover fully," Millett says. "Especially for an overhead-throwing athlete."

Additional thanks to Dr. Joshua Zimmerman of the Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Dr. Bill Moutzouros of the Henry Ford Medical Group, Dr. Patrick McCulloch of the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine in Houston and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for cataloging many of Favre's career injuries and subsequent performances.

Patrick Hruby is a freelance writer and ESPN.com contributor.
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And Farve spent part of his career, at least, addicted to painkillers.

A curious coincidence.
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I have to give Caldwell the benefit of the doubt, as he was playing on ankles both being affected with high sprains. Most of us would have trouble just walking up hill with that type of injury. I have no doubt that his performance was directly negatively related to these injuries.
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I rewatched the Ravens play-off game yesterday, and Caldwell played in at least two series The one in which we scored our only TD, and a 3-and-out deep in our own end zone (from the 1).

He looked alright so there's always hope for next year (meaning this upcoming season.)
Like I said, I don't think it's a given that Caldwell get beat out of the starting spot.
Caldwell also played solidly the entire 4th quarter against the Bengals in the play-offs.
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I am trying to respond to several topics that have been brought up in this thread, so excuse how fast this changes topics.

I am not too worried about the age of Schaub and AJ, for a few different reasons. For QBs, the first thing that seems to fail is the elite arm strength. IMO, the problem is a lot of these guys tend to rely on using that arm strength to force it into windows instead of playing smart with the ball. I mean, look at Peyton - he is 36, and while it has been noted by some (such as Ron Jaworski) that his arm strength is fading a little, he is still very effective.

Schaub never relied on arm strength, and is more about the system and hitting the right guy at the right time. I think play wise, he will hold up longer than most QBs thanks to the system we run. Injury wise, that could be a different story, but that is something we can't predict.

As for AJ, its simple to me. The man was the best WR in football for several years, and even if he starts his decline, he will still be a damn good WR. He may not be the best anymore, but I see no reason why he would suddenly become ineffective - his football IQ doesn't fade like the physical skills.

As for the Oline - profootball focus actually rated Caldwell better than Brisiel last year, and that was on the bad ankles. I can't link you to the article, cause frankly I don't remember which one it was, but they had good things to say about him. Between that and how the coaches seem to like Brooks, I think we should be ok at RG. Tackle worries me a bit, as while Butler has the physical skills, I believe this is his first time starting on the right side for us, so that could require a bit for him to fully adjust.

Like many of you have said, I have also heard the coaches heaping praise on Newton, so I think we might actually be ok at the swing tackle position. I fully expect that Butler and Caldwell will hold down their positions though, and that everything on the line will be ok.

Finally, to the contract situation. I really hope we do hold onto Barwin, as I think he is a solid player, and will give us a really solid 3 man OLB rotation. While I know we COULD replace him with a draft pick, I would hate to spend ANOTHER early pick on OLB. I would much rather us have a chance to spend it elsewhere, wherever that may be.
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It's a hard thing to accept, but AJ won't be around forever. We should have started preparing for this years ago; shouldn't have waited around on Jacoby Jones to break out.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Here's hoping we have beasts in Posey and Martin.
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