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2009 Off-Season Injury Report - Quarterbacks
Philip Gentles
June 8, 2009
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Derek Anderson, CLE – Torn MCL

Derek Anderson is getting ready to battle Brady Quinn for the starting QB job in Cleveland during the team’s training camp in a couple of months and according to team officials Anderson’s knee is completely healthy and ready for the 2009 season. Anderson tore the medial collateral ligament in is left knee towards the end of last season and although the injury did not require surgery he was stuck in a brace for 6 weeks. Rehab reportedly went as planned and he has been very active during the Browns’ OTA’s. Now that he’s back to full strength he can focus on winning the starting job.

Tom Brady, NE – ACL Surgery

Patriots’ QB Tom Brady, who has spent the last 8 months recovering from ACL surgery, was a full participant in the team’s recent OTA’s and according to reports his knee is now doing better than expected. Shortly after the surgery last year Brady suffered a series of setbacks that included an infection to the surgically repaired joint.  The medical staff was understandably concerned and team officials weren’t sure if he would be able to recover in time for the start of the 2009 season. The good news is that the infection was controlled and eliminated and his rehabilitation since then has gone smoothly.  In fact in a recent interview the doctor who performed the surgery and has monitored Brady’s recovery said that “with regard to his recovery of strength, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” Athletes can now return to play from ACL surgery as early as 6 months post-op but it still takes most players anywhere from 12 – 18 months before they can return to pre-injury form. Brady isn’t particularly mobile anyway so his knee will be less of an issue as he works himself back to 100%. 

Trent Edwards, BUF – Undisclosed Shoulder Injury

According to reports Bills’ QB Trent Edwards complained of soreness in his right (throwing shoulder) following the team’s final regular season game last year and after several examinations the team’s medical staff felt there was a chance that the problem could require off-season surgery. But after visiting three specialists it was determined that the injury would be able to heal on its own. The exact nature of the injury has not been made public, but it does not appear to be an issue. Edwards spoke with reporters earlier in the off-season and he said that the swelling in his shoulder had subsided and there was no longer soreness in the joint after he throws. Edwards has looked great passing the football during OTA’s and he’s spent a lot of extra time after practice working with Terrell Owens and Lee Evans.  Edwards might not be a top 10 QB, but with the presence of TO he could end up having a very good year.

Brett Favre, RETIRED – Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

According to several reports QB Brett Favre had his torn biceps tendon surgically repaired last month and although he’s not 100% he is apparently making progress. There was a report last month that said Favre was scheduled for surgery. Favre denied the report and he indicated that he wanted to see how his shoulder responded to just treatment and rehab. As it turns out he actually had the surgery and he is currently working hard to get his shoulder ready for the 2009 season. Favre has thrown the ball on a limited basis since the arthroscopic procedure and since his shoulder is not back to full strength neither Favre nor the Vikings are willing to commit just yet. But if Favre makes a full recovery expect him to sign with and start for the Vikings this season.

Matt Hasselbeck, SEA – Bulging Lumbar Disc

Seahawks’ QB Matt Hasselbeck missed nine games last season because of a rather unusual combination of issues. Hasselbeck initially complained of lower back pain and then he began to experience weakness and instability in his knee. The medical staff first thought that he was dealing with separate problems. But an MRI on his knee showed nothing out of the ordinary and additional testing on his back revealed that he had a bulging disc in his lumbar spine that was compressing a nerve that runs into the problematic knee. Hasselbeck spent a large portion of the 2008 season treating the problem but it never fully healed. According to reports it didn’t take very long following the season before his back showed significant signs of improvement. He took part in an extensive off-season weight-training program and he’s reportedly looked strong during the team’s recent OTA’s. Team officials expect him to be a full participant in minicamp practices this month and he should be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.

Carson Palmer, CIN – Torn Ulna Collateral Ligament

By all accounts Bengals’ QB Carson Palmer has made a full recovery from the torn ligament in his elbow that ruined his 2008 season. And while he appears to be healthy, I’m just not sure how he avoided surgery. The Bengals never really specified how bad Palmer’s elbow was, but according to most reports the ulna collateral ligament in his elbow was torn. There were also reports that said the damaged ligament in his elbow had actually detached from the bone. Obviously if this were true then he would have to undergo reconstructive surgery (Tommy John Surgery) to repair it. If we are to believe the Bengals his elbow healed with just treatment and rehab. But I’m a bit skeptical and it wouldn’t surprise me if we found out that he had the Tommy John surgery at some point last year. Generally it takes quarterbacks about 6 months post-op to return to competitive levels of activity. Regardless of how the injury was treated, it looks like Palmer is getter closer to full strength. He’s been limited during the off-season and he will likely be limited as a precaution throughout training camp. But team officials are confident that he will be completely healthy for the start of the regular season.

Brady Quinn, CLE – Surgery to Repair Fractured Index Finger

Browns’ QB Brady Quinn fractured the index finger on his right hand at the end of last season and although the injury required surgery he made a quick recovery and he is already back to full strength. Quinn had pins surgically inserted into his right hand to help repair the fractured tip of his index finger and just one week after the pins were removed he began throwing. He’s since been a big part of the team’s off-season program splitting reps with Derek Anderson during recent OTA’s. He’s healthy and appears ready to compete with Anderson for the starting QB job.

Aaron Rodgers, GB – Sprained Shoulder

According to reports Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers played a majority of the 2008 season with a sprained ligament in his right (throwing) shoulder. Rodgers revealed during the off-season that he sprained his shoulder in Week 4 and that the injury never fully healed. He was examined by the medical staff at the end of the season and although he avoided surgery he still spent several months treating and strengthening his shoulder. He’s looked good in recent off-season workouts and it appears that his shoulder is back to full strength.

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – Knee Contusion / Fractured Ribs

Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger gave coaches and teammates a scare during recent OTA’s when he limped off the practice field after “tweaking” his knee. According to reports the injury does not appear to be serious and it is currently being called a minor bruise. He was back on the field the next day wearing a black wrap and he did some work with the first-team offense. On a separate note Roethlisberger actually played the Super Bowl with a pair of fractured ribs. An MRI on his chest after the game reportedly revealed two cracked ribs. His ribs have since healed and they are no longer an issue.

Kurt Warner, ARI – Surgery to Repair Torn Hip Labrum

Cardinals’ QB Kurt Warner, who had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and remove loose bodies from the joint during the off-season, is ahead of schedule in his recovery and he has already been cleared to practice at full speed. Warner reportedly played the entire 2008 season with pain and discomfort in his hip that affected his mobility. Warner recently told reporters that he doesn’t expect to be completely pain-free but that his range of motion has significantly improved. He apparently looked good in last month’s OTA’s and team officials expect him to be fine when training camp begins.

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