Today's fantasy football injury report is about Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He suffered a direct blow to the right shoulder on Sunday and ended up with a broken clavicle. The reports are that he will elect to undergo surgery to put a plate and screws in and fix the fracture. I am not surprised by this, but in commoners like you and I, it really is up for debate. Somewhere between 10-50% of plates that are put in need to be removed with a second surgery down the line. We don't like those odds in orthopedics. I could talk about clavicle fractures all day long. There is so many differing schools of thought on conservative vs. surgical treatment, and so many conflicting studies on outcomes and long-term sequelae.
In adolescents especially, we almost always treat conservatively. Even largely displaced fractures have the ability to fill in because of the growth potential of the clavicle. The clavicle growth plates don't close in some males until their mid 20's. I have seen fractures that I didn't think had any chance of coming together form a large callous and fill in nicely.
In us older folks, hangovers are worse and clavicle fractures too. Sometimes we use these figure 8 torture devices but the studies say they don't change outcomes. Hope and pray?
In 2013, Aaron broke his left clavicle and it healed uneventfully without surgery. The difference now is that this is his throwing arm. Even minimal changes in the alignment can alter shoulder biomechanics. This will be interesting to watch in the coming years. Aaron is such a competitor, though, that he will do anything to get back out on the field.
I would expect him to miss the rest of the season, but knowing him, if it's coming down to week 17, he is going to do everything he can to not leave the reigns to Brett Hundley. Or Tony Romo. Or Colin Kaepernick. How about Tyrod Taylor streaming at 38% vs. my woeful Tampa Bay secondary this week? Any takers?
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