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11/02/20
Jimmy Garoppole and George Kittle injures
Everything you need to know about Jimmy Garoppole and George Kittle injures
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By SPORTSDOCMATT 11/02/20
The 40 Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle both left Sunday's game with foot injuries. This is raising serious concerns about their availability. Moving forward. Dr Matthew Provencher here, I'm going to break down these two injuries. Garoppolo has a high ankle sprain and Kittles foot fracture, and when we can expect to see these stars back on the field. Jimmy Garoppolo aggravated his right high ankle sprain in the game on Sunday, and he's expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks and perhaps longer if surgery is required. So what's going on in Garoppolo’s ankle? Well, he had that high ankle sprain in week two and missed two games, and what happens is in the high ankle sprain is the ligament that connects the tibia, the big ankle bone, and the fibula. This ligament becomes sprained or injured and if it's reaggravated or injured again, it can possibly stretch the ligament or cause additional compromise to the stability of these two bones together. If there is not enough stability to hold these bones together through this ligament, it's really hard for an NFL player to plant and then pivot and twist around that ankle joint which is what you have to do a lot on the NFL turf. From Sunday's video, when Jimmy went off the field, admittedly, it didn't look too bad. He walked off under his own power. There was a very little limp, but this may actually speak to his chronic nagging injury that he's been trying to get better most of this season since Week two. Certainly, there's concern from the Forty-Niners organization that this is a more significant ankle injury at this point, but we will wait for additional confirmation about whether surgery is needed or not. So what does this look overall for Jimmy Garoppolo? If he does not need surgery? I would say this is anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks of missing games, perhaps shorter if his rehabilitation goes well. However, if surgery is deemed necessary, it's probably gonna be at least 7 to 10 weeks until he's back on the field. And the reason is it just takes a while for this ligament to get stable and solid enough so that you can play and plant and pivot effectively. Regardless, when Jimmy does get back on the field from our data, we see approximately 8 to 15% decline in overall performance for those first two games back Jimmy Garoppolo. And it's been a little bit of a long season dealing with some of these nagging ankle issues, and we certainly wish she looked getting back on the field, and good luck with recovering from this injury. Next up, we have Forty-Niners tight end George Kittel, who injured his foot on this play. Well, it turned out that he fractured his foot, and it's being reported that he has a small fracture or some type of fracture in his foot. Well, what does that mean? It could be an injury anywhere these foot bones, but the one we're really worried about for George Kittle is this one, which is called a Jones fracture. And where does that happen? Right at the base of your small toe. And this is an injury that plagues NFL players and those that have participated in turf basketball and other impacts sports. Sometimes this injury can be treated without surgery in a boot or a cast in a period of immobilization. But many times, if it is this injury, you need surgery. What does it look like for George Kittles return well, if he doesn't need surgery, this is probably anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks, maybe a little bit longer, depending on what the exact fracture and characteristics are. However, if he does need surgery and it happens to be a Jones fracture, this is probably 7 to 10 weeks. And one of the issues we're gonna have to watch when you return after play with a Jones fracture is that for the first three, and maybe up to four games from our Proven Performance Data is that you just don't perform a swell and they're down about 20 to 25% in production. The good news is, that it does get better and does resolve with time. We wish you luck in your recovery and good luck getting back on the field real soon. Well, Forty-Niners fans I know it's certainly been a tough season in regards to injuries, but rest assured these injuries in which your star players can come back from when they heal and get healthy. I wanna wish them luck getting back on the field and look forward to seeing them back out there real soon. Download the all-new Fox Sports App.
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