The Patriots starting quarterback title is his to win. Unfortunately, Jarrett Stidham hasn’t quite done that yet, and we are learning today that it may, at least in part, be due to a hip injury.
While many noted that Stidham has had a few rough practices this week, it wasn’t until today that the quarterback was seen visibly limping, favoring his right leg. He was held out of a fair amount of today’s practice and reporters noted that he was neither stretching nor warming up as vigorously as usual.
Given the lack of acute injury, this is most likely a soft tissue muscle/tendon problem, most commonly involving the hip flexor muscles (hip flexor tendonitis) or the hip adductors (groin strain). Other possibilities include hip labrum injury, sports hernia (although that’s more of a chronic problem) or other issues inside the joint. An overuse injury to the right hip of a right-handed quarterback is not a short-term injury, but rather one that can limit power and affect footwork for weeks. That being said, it is something that quarterbacks CAN play through.
I’m not sure exactly what to make of the reports that Stidham was seen at MGH Thursday night for testing, but it could have something to do with an ultrasound or another type of test not routinely offered in the team imaging facility.
Either way, I really feel for Jarrett Stidham. There is a good chance that this injury is related to training hard in the offseason in preparation for him to seize the starting role. Unfortunately, this year, he didn’t have the benefit of normal off-season training in the Patriots’ facility with his team.
After Friday’s practice, Josh McDaniels said that he expects Stidham to be “ready to roll” by the Patriots’ next practice on Sunday. Let’s hope so, because the window to prove that he’s platoon leader in the QB room is starting to close.
Dr. Jessica Flynn is a sports medicine physician at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. She writes about injuries in professional sports on her blog, DocFlynn.com. You can follow her on Twitter @jessdeede.