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AllTuckedUp
03-13-2012, 02:24 PM
Does it impact a player's career as badly as everyone thinks?

ny06
03-13-2012, 02:30 PM
It's a serious injury; but with medical science we have today doctors are getting these players back sooner then later. </P>


Look at Rod Woodson back in 1995, he needed reconstructive knee surgery. And miraculously 19 weeks later he played in the Super Bowl. </P>


Here is a list of some players who had torn acl injuries andstill had productive careers. </P>


Jamal Lewis</P>


Jerry Rice</P>


Nick Barnett</P>


Tom Brady</P>


Willis Mcgahee</P>


Frank Gore. </P>


So to answer your question yes players can still have great/good careers after suffering this injury.</P>

bLuereverie
03-13-2012, 02:36 PM
Yes and no. The rate at which players play X amount of snaps after the initial injury is night and day when comparing to a few decades ago. This is relevant not to the premiere players, but the small late round guys who average only 3-4 years in the league.

However, it doesn't take into account effectiveness upon return. There is precedent that goes both ways here.

nygsb42champs
03-13-2012, 02:48 PM
It is still a serious injury but the medical technology has improved so much it has made the comeback from that injury easier.

Itlan
03-13-2012, 03:02 PM
Just look at Wes Welker. He injured himself in the last week of the season, but worked his *** off rehabbing, and still put up some serious numbers(not this year's type numbers, but still very solid).

A lot has to do with the reconstruction, but I also believe a lot has to do with will and work ethic.

Also, remember, TT most likely won't be starting.

gmen46
03-13-2012, 04:13 PM
It's a serious injury; but with medical science we have today doctors are getting these players back sooner then later. </P>


Look at Rod Woodson back in 1995, he needed reconstructive knee surgery. And miraculously 19 weeks later he played in the Super Bowl. </P>


Here is a list of some players who had torn acl injuries and*still had productive careers. </P>


Jamal Lewis</P>


Jerry Rice</P>


Nick Barnett</P>


Tom Brady</P>


Willis Mcgahee</P>


Frank Gore. </P>


So to answer your question yes players can still have great/good careers after suffering this injury.</P>

Instructive list, in that it shows the mixed results nature of players' recovery. In any event it shows how--as most here recognize--even the good productive recoveries require at least 2 full years for a "complete" recovery (ie, Brady, Gore).

Jamal Lewis was never the same as he was before his injury, and Mcgahee was never quite the NFL player most anticipated he would be when in college--although since his injury occurred just weeks before his draft, no one will really ever know if that was due to his knee or not.

GameTime
03-13-2012, 04:28 PM
naturally the operational and rehab technics have changed. Also players in general are in much better shape to begin with. The call it "prehab" now. </P>


BUT.....human tissue and biology are the what they are. A repaired ACL is not better than a healthy never injured one. </P>

JesseJames
03-13-2012, 05:18 PM
McGahee had the worst looking knee injury I ever saw, his leg was actually bent forward from the knee and he was playing the next season

NYG 5
03-13-2012, 07:43 PM
its not a career ender anymore, but it does waste a year of injury and another year of lowered production due to continued healing.

players careers are short enough as it is, and knocking two years off for every injured ACL doesn't help, and is more likely to be re-injured later on.

but to answer your question, news of an ACL tear isn't as dreadful as it used to be. it makes you think "well, he's done for the year, and i hope it doesn't linger afterwards"

G.I. Ants
03-13-2012, 09:45 PM
Sport Science is f'ing amazing today. The way players come back from these ligament injuries is amazing. Maybe in another 10 years, the might find away to cut the recovery time in half.

gmen46
03-13-2012, 09:46 PM
McGahee had the worst looking knee injury I ever saw, his leg was actually bent forward from the knee and he was playing the next season

No, he wasn't playing the next year. He missed his entire rookie year.

He's had 4 seasons, out of 9, with a little over 1000 yards. Not bad, but not what was expected of him when he went in the first round, and not what was expected of him by the draft gurus leading up to his bowl game injury.

In his 9 seasons in the league he has a total of only 3 more TDs than Jacobs--an unheralded 4th rounder-- has in 7 seasons.

In my opinion, he did recover from his terrible knee injury, and has had a nice career as a RB in the NFL. He just hasn't been the RB that he was projected to be, since his injury, whicj is my point.