ZACHARY O. BINNEY has a Ph.D. in epidemiology and wrote his dissertation on NFL injuries. He was born (and still lives) in Atlanta but blames his dad for making him a Miami Dolphins fan. Since he only developed his fandom in the post-Marino era, his happiest football memory involves Cleo Lemon and Greg Camarillo. You know the one. He has channeled his suffering into a passion for studying sports injuries. He has consulted for NFL, NBA, and MLB teams, written for FiveThirtyEight.com, and lost on Jeopardy! to a bus driver. During the days he is a freelance statistics instructor and analytics consultant for sports teams and other organizations.
A year ago at this time, the Alabama quarterback seemed certain to be the first player drafted in 2020. Then came a devastating hip injury that ended his collegiate career. Our injury expert Zach Binney looks for NFL players who suffered similar injuries and how (or if) they were able to recover.
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