Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by CloakNNNdagger, Nov 12, 2010.
A timely L.A. Times A.P. piece by Kristie Rieken:
This is killing my FF team.
Is it not a high ankle sprain?
AJ was not given enough rest time for his high ankle sprain to expect anything but what we are seeing now. If the Texans insist on trodding (or agreeing to it) AJ out there (and still want him around in any further future capacity), the coaching staff and Schaub better take care to avoid throwing to his feet (especially behind him) like we've been seeing Schaub do so often. The stress on his high ankle sprain is maximized with these manuevers because his weight is fulcrumed (and twisted if behind him) such that the stress is borne strictly on his ankles. This is even worse than the stresses placed on fast route cuts. And much worse than any straight up and down high jump ball.
At this point, I'd just as soon them not play him and let him heal. Run the ball and let the other recievers step up. It's really not doing anyone any good, most especially AJ, to keep putting off his healing. If the Texans actually get their act togeather and win some games, we'll need him later at full speed.
They should have kept him out of the games following the Raiders until the bye. It's still possible to win if you have a running game and a TE to throw to.
easy to say that in hind sight now. When you really need some wins badly it's hard to keep a guy like AJ off the field knowing how badly you need him and if he says he can play. I won't fault the coaches decisions there, but these ankle sprains are proving more and more that you just need to let the player sit it out until the ankle is fully healed. Ryan Mathews entire season has been screwed because his ankle sprain.
This is the same injury Anquan Boldin had last year. He tried to play through it, but ended up being only 50% effective. It's just not worth it until the playoffs. I hope he gets well soon, but it's just not worth it at this point. Let him rest a week or two.
This was not a "simple" ankle sprain, which is bad enough. This was a high ankle sprain. These only heal with time.........lengthy stringent time at rest with appropriate rehab. These aren't healed with magic platelet voodoo injections which has been proven to this point no more effective than placebo. Or ankle braces which offer the barest of added stability even in cases of mild sprain. Or anesthetic injections or narcotics that blunt the pain, encouraging further damage due to no benefit of the protective senses. Despite it not being the best of decisions, it's hard to blame AJ for his fearsome sacrificing attitude. Clairvoyance is not expected of the organization. But with reasonable consideration of the known typical history of such an injury, using some semblance of foresight is the responsibility of the medical/training and coaching staff.
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