Derrick Henry, Danny Wuerffel to star in ‘Heisman House’ commercials

The “Heisman House” will have at least two new occupants this fall. Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry and former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel will be among the featured Heisman Trophy winners of years past in the latest round of the Nissan commercials about the fictional fraternity. Wuerffel, who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy during the […]

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Rex Ryan on passing of Buddy Ryan: 'He truly was our hero'

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan issued a statement paying tribute to his father, the late Buddy Ryan.
Buddy Ryan was the architect of the famed Chicago Bears 46 defense.
“On behalf of the entire Ryan family, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sympathies, prayers and warm thoughts with the passing of my dad,” Rex Ryan said. “He was many things to many people–outstanding coach, mentor, fierce competitor, father figure, faithful friend and the list goes on. But to me and my brothers Rob and Jim, he was so much more. He was everything you want in a dad–tough when he had to be, compassionate when you didn’t necessarily expect it, and a loving teacher and confidant who cherished his family. He truly was our hero.”
“For Rob and me, we’ve had the great fortune of sharing the coaching profession that he was so proud of and cherished so much. There is no way we can possibly begin to measure how much football we have learned from him over the years and we are forever thankful to him for instilling within us his unwavering love for the game of football. While today is a tough day for all of us in the Ryan family, we are consoled in knowing how much dad was loved by so many and the love he gave back in return. Though we will miss him dearly, we take comfort in knowing that his memory will live on through all of us.”
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Defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan dies

Buddy Ryan, the crusty architect of the Chicago Bears’ famed 46 defense, died Tuesday morning.
He was 82 years old.
Ryan had dealt with a stroke and cancer
“The 85 Bears was the best defense there ever was, and ever will be,” Ryan said in 2011. “They had a great scheme and great players.”
Ryan named the 46 in honor of safety Doug Plan, who wore that jersey.
Ryan once took a swing at Houston Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
He feuded with the media and Bears coach Mike Ditka, eventually working things out with Ditka.
He allegedly put bounties on Dallas Cowboys players Troy Aikman and Luis Zendejas.
“Learning how to tear down a player with one sentence,” Ryan said years ago “That’s what coaching’s all about.”
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Bret Bielema shared his mom’s cucumber salad recipe and we have to try it ASAP

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema isn’t shy about sharing snapshots of his home life on Twitter, particularly when it comes to his cherished yorkies and other sweet moments with his wife, Jen. He brought his followers into the kitchen Monday night with a simple three-step recipe for cucumber salad (also known as vinegar cucumber salad or […]

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Dameyune Craig continues his magic touch at LSU

On February 3, then-Auburn wide receiver coach Dameyune Craig was credited for the Tigers landing one of the top wideout hauls in the nation. The highlight of the class was Tampa Catholic’s Nate Craig-Meyers, a four-star prospect who picked Auburn over North Carolina. Less than two weeks later, Craig left his alma mater for a similar […]

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Tim Tebow helps Delta passengers during medical emergency

Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow’s legacy of good deeds rivals that of his football career, and grew even larger this weekend on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Phoenix. Several passengers on the flight reported via social media that Tebow helped a family during a medical emergency. According to tweets and Facebook posts, the SEC Network analyst and […]

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Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta arrested on battery charge

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.

He was released on a $500 bond on June 19.
Skuta had 40 tackles in eight starts last season.
He signed a $20 million deal with the Jaguars last year.

“The Jaguars are aware of the situation involving linebacker Dan Skuta and are currently gathering more information,” the team said in a statement. “The team has been in constant communication with Dan through this process in its entirety. No further comment can be made at this time.”
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Monday Morning MD: Video is the history

Lesson number one in medical school is history is the most important part of a physical examination. Before touching the patient a detailed history is required. History for a traumatic injury is a description of the mechanism. What better description is there than actual video of the injury? Every day, I have at least one patient that shows me how they were hurt by showing me team, cellphone or GoPro video.
This is the basis of my video injury analysis which was honed with 17 years of Monday morning visits to the video department to reverse engineer injuries I saw and examined from the day before.
When I ran onto the field to tend to a player, my assistant physicians were trained to watch the video board for replays to see the mechanism of injury. Late in my career, sideline injury video was introduced for concussion but found to be more helpful for other injuries as it is difficult to judge head injuries by video.
The English Premiere League has now introduced video to the field. Liverpool medical staff now have the injured player on the pitch in front of them, yet still rely on video. This further validates my use of video to assess injuries. ipaddr
Of course, I would be more accurate examining a player than just looking at video. Although I am flattered by some who say I never miss, that is hardly the case. During the 2015 season, I publicly documented 94.3% accuracy. Ten times my video assessment was not accurate, but it was correct on 165 occasions. Some injuries had inadequate visual evidence and I could not opine at all.
When Jaylon Smith injured his knee on New Year’s Day, I tweeted my immediate worry about nerve injury. Later, video Smith posted of himself walking confirmed the peroneal nerve injury despite the player’s denials. In the offseason there is limited video so I rely on other methods of deduction. A recent photo had Smith still with an ankle foot orthosis (AFO), indicating his nerve is still not functional. ClfYaxdWYAAJWRM
I am not diagnosing players on twitter. If I had any role in treatment or access to X-rays or MRIs, I would not be able to comment due to HIPAA privacy laws. I deal in insider knowledge, not insider information. I know the vast majority of medical personnel in the NFL but I never contact them for information, nor would they violate player’s privacy and tell me.
When I am treating or have treated a player, I skip commenting specifically. For example, I did not comment on Drew Brees’ shoulder issue last year. On occasions when a team physician colleague discusses an injury with me, I no longer voice a public opinion. I also examined some players in preparation for the Combine and of course I did not comment on their collegiate injuries since I had the insider information. When I do speak about a player that I have treated, I have permission from the athlete or limit my discussion to publicly available knowledge.
There is no substitute for an examination, but there is growing use of video on the field to help with diagnosis. The use of video in injury assessments is here to stay.
MMMD 1: “Wide receiver” fracture revisited
With all the prominent pass catchers who have suffered a Jones fifth metatarsal fracture, I proposed to rename the injury. Bears WR Marquess Wilson re-broke his foot and was announced to likely start on PUP.
A second surgery is needed up to 20% of the time as has happened to Dez Bryant and Julian Edelman recently. Bryant has been recently cleared as his second procedure was in January. Edelman’s timeline is tight as his second screw insertion was reported in May. Sammy Watkins had April first-time surgery and may not be ready until the first game.
Remember, this fracture happens due to a “watershed area” in the bone where there is limited blood supply. This fact also makes healing more tricky.
MMMD 2: ACL mental hurdle
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction presents physical and mental hurdles. I wrote about this in my MMMD extra: ACL surgery series weekly during the 2014 offseason as I chronicled what the recovery for Von Miller and Rob Gronkowski might be like.
Joe Flacco’s admits his biggest remaining hurdle is mental. Until a player gets hit on the knee and momentarily thinks he re-tore the ACL, but gets up to realize his knee is ok, he will always have doubt.
Despite many early returns to sport, the mental hurdle to feel the knee is 100% as well as the biology of ACL graft incorporation makes the second year back the better year. The scary thought is that Todd Gurley should be even better this season.
MMMD 3: Doctors held to higher standard than lawyers
Johnny Manziel’s attorney mistakenly texted an AP reporter violating attorney/client privilege. If a medical professional breached doctor/patient confidentiality, there would be stiff potential penalties. Even if the medical information was leaked accidentally and inadvertently, there are HIPAA penalties up to 50k per single occurrence. Although just as damaging to Manziel, there are no such fines for a legal transgression of this type like there would be for medical leaks of information. In both cases the aggrieved party can take their own legal action, but only medical has built-in penalties.
MMMD 4: Offseason program over, injuries still coming
Players and coaches are essentially off for a month before training camp begins. The medical work continues as well as the injury announcements. This year just under half of teams lost a significant player to injury this offseason. Add Saints CB Kyle Wilson to the list who has been placed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder labral injury.
MMMD 5: Cautionary tale for stem cells
All stem cell treatment is not the same. Most stem cell treatments are illegal in the United States due to safety concerns. Unregulated stem cell treatments can have disastrous consequences including developing tumors in your body.
Only one’s own un-manipulated stem cells are legal in the US. Any other form is either not truly stem cells or is being performed illegally. There are some legitimate cutting edge clinics outside the US, but many more are dangerous shams than the real deal.
MMMD 6: Be true to yourself
One of the lucky things from my almost two decades in the NFL is to have met many great people and worked for many great coaches. What I learned is that one needs to be true to one’s self to be successful. I worked under hard line leaders and nice guy players’ coaches. Both styles work if you are real, as players will see thru any false pretenses.
Mike Riley was a genuinely nice guy and the players loved him for it. Riley recently made news when he met up with a rape victim who harbored hatred for the coach and instead became a “friend and ally” by genuinely caring.
Riley is just a really good human being. Being genuine and true to yourself is the key. Hip hip hooray! (Those who have played for Riley will know what I am referring to.)
MMMD 7: ProFootballDoc scorecard
When Calvin Johnson posted gruesome pictures of finger surgery, speculation arose of his potentially coming out of retirement. I wrote last week that having the procedure meant the absolute end of Megatron’s football career. Contrary to the thoughts, that type of finger surgery is only done when a player retires due to the long recovery. Johnson indeed has now emphatically confirmed that he is not coming back.
The previous 2016 record of 8-0 now increases to 9-0. I will continue to publicly keep track of right and wrong analysis this entire season.

Calvin Johnson content in retirement

Calvin Johnson has no regrets.
The former Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver retired due to his physical ailments, which included knee, ankle and finger issues that required surgeries.
“I know everybody wants to know why I retired, but it’s more so I put a lot into the game and it’s taken a lot out of me and that’s where I’m at right now,” Johnson said. “I’m not getting into the specifics of the things that it has taken away, but it definitely feels good, I guess I could say for myself, to spend more time around my family, my son, just got married. Things are going good right now.”

 Johnson caught 731 career passes for 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns.

“I wouldn’t just quit because we were losing,” Johnson said. “Just [my] body, man, I was tired of it. I was fed up. Had enough. I’m not coming back. You ain’t gotta worry about that.”

Johnson knew he would retire before last season.

“It’s my decision,” Johnson said. “I made my own decision. I’m good with it.”
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NFLPA issues statement about NFL wanting to interview players

The NFL Players Association, the union that represents NFL players, issued a statement in response to the NFL requesting interviews with players mentioned in the Al Jazeera story involving performance-enhancing drugs that included former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
The statement notes that the source for the story recanted and the union has “repeatedly asked the NFL why any player should have to submit to an investigation that is not credible from the start.  The NFL now is using public pressure to force the players to submit. The Performance Enhancing Substances Policy is jointly bargained for and administered by the NFLPA and the NFL, and we agreed to the Policy to ensure a clean game.  We don’t believe that players should be forced to respond to random allegations made by people for any possible reason. ”
“The NFL has chosen to initiate an investigation of these players based upon now-recanted statements that appeared in an Al Jazeera report. The NFLPA requested from the NFL any additional evidence supporting an investigation of the players; the NFL did not provide any such evidence, nor did they inform the NFLPA or the players that any such evidence exists.  Instead, the NFL has decided to publicly pressure the players into submission. We will continue to advise our players about their rights and hold the NFL accountable.”
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