Editor’s note: Every week, our in-house medical expert, Aaron Borgmann, will share some notes on the injuries coming out of One Arrowhead Drive.
LB Ben Niemann — Hamstring strain
As we spoke about last week, the team will want to make sure someone that takes so many reps on special teams is fully ready as to not risk re-injury to avoid further setbacks. Once full practice or no limitation in practice has been designated, like it was Thursday, he’s probably a good bet that the player will be full go for the game.
LB Terrace Smith — Shin contusion
Typically seen due to a hit from a leg or helmet, shin contusions don’t sound like much but can actually be very painful due to the amount of swelling that can build up in the lower leg compartment. Often, symptoms do not show up until the next day, so the player or medical staff may have not been alerted to it until after the game or even a day or so later. Swelling control and early motion are key here in order for the player to return to practice and play. A shin contusion can be quite debilitating if left untreated, but it sounds like the player is on the correct path to return. Player will be monitored throughout the week and potentially even need additional padding in the game if it is severe enough.
LB Dee Ford — Groin strain
As was eluded to by head coach Andy Reid during his press conference today, the player sounds as if he is doing fairly well. “He’s actually doing very well right now. We’re optimistic,” is a great sign for the player’s status. Indications were that this would not be a long-term situation. Not to be understated is the extra day of treatment and rehab due to the Monday night game. The medical staff will undoubtedly ease this player back to action whenever he returns to practice. Any soft tissue muscle strains must be treated with care due to the risk of lingering re-injury. At this player’s position, speed and quick movement are essential, so if the player does return to practice this week in some capacity, fans can be optimistic as well that all parties feel as if he can contribute on some level.
S Eric Berry – Sore heel
Aaron Borgmann is the owner of Borgmann Rehab Solutions and a former 12 year NFL Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer