Jamaal Charles got carted off the field today during practice with a foot sprain.
UPDATE: Dr. David Geier has weighed in on this below.
The foot injury to Charles is being called a “foot sprain.” His x-rays were reportedly negative, meaning there is no fracture. Different reports have suggested that despite being seen walking in a boot, he will practice this week. It is very possible that there is no significant ligament damage and that the boot is just being used as a precaution. The concern, if there is one, would be that he has some damage to the ligaments in his midfoot. A mild Lisfranc injury, where there is instability to the cuneiform and first and second metatarsal bones in the midfoot, can present as pain pushing off. X-rays are often normal, so the severity can only be determined by MRI. I expect that the team will get further tests if his pain continues. We should know much more this later this week.
The good news is that X-Rays came back negative and that there is no fracture. The bad news is that like relatives just dropping by on a Sunday afternoon foot sprains tend not to leave entirely. Even a mild foot sprain is painful and affects a players ability to push off and accelerate and can make themselves felt the whole season. Fantasy Footballers are already keeping a hawkish eye on Charles because of his ACL tear in 2011 however a foot sprain actually present more of an in-season game to game nightmare than an ACL tear. Reason for this is that whilst ACL tears on the same knee do happen, it is not very common, whilst chances of re-injuring a foot sprain during the season are high.
Three players who suffered foot sprains and then reinjured them are:
- Amendola (2012) – 3 games
- Demaryius Thomas (’10) – 2 games
- Emmanuel Sanders (’11) – 2 games
One other thing to consider is that even though it’s referred to as a sprain it could actually be severe enough to be season ending. A “sprain” is any type of injury to a ligament and the severity is determined by the grade. So whilst the Kansas Chief’s staff are publicly saying the X-rays came back negative, there is still the possibility of several games being missed as the grade of sprain has not been released.
Let’s hope everything is ok with Charles and this is just a scare. He was primed for a monster year and it will be a tragic season that never was if he is unable to make it out of the gate. We’ll keep you updated with any news as it comes in.
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