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BSJ Injury Mailbag with Dr. Jessica Flynn: Rex Burkhead’s ribs

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Lots to get to this week, including how ACL and injury rehab differs for pro and amateur athletes, could we see the recovery times for ACLs cut even further, Nate Solder, and David Price's elbow, but let's first start with a timely subject: Rex Burkhead and rib injuries:


Rex Burkhead was injured in the Saints game on Sept. 17. It’s being reported by the team as a “rib injury.” This is likely either a bruised or fractured rib. The fact that it has taken 12 days for Burkhead to be spotted at today's practice leads me to believe that it’s a significant one. Rib fractures can take 2-to-6 weeks to heal, depending on other soft tissue injuries. We’re past the two-week mark at this point. Now that's he's back at practice they’ll likely work him back in slowly so he doesn’t have any setbacks.  A return for this weekend might be pushing it since he hasn’t practiced with the team in a couple of weeks, but you never know what Bill has up his sleeve…

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