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28 Sep 2009

Dwight Freeney Has Torn Quadriceps

Our own Will Carroll notes on his Twitter that Dwight Freeney has a torn quad and is out for Week 4.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 28 Sep 2009

9 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2009, 12:22pm by Bowl Game Anomaly


by Bobman :: Mon, 09/28/2009 - 5:33pm

"Torn" sounds insanely bad. could that mean a small tear in the quad and not, you know, torn in two/severed? I mean he was walking okay off the field--didn't seem crippling. Except to the Colts chances.

MRI in next couple days, but don't expect much detail from those guys.

I suspect he won't see the field until maybe the NE game. Who knows, if the AFCS seems to be imploding and they think they can win it without him, maybe they keep him on ice until the playoffs and take their chances on seeding....

by DrewTS (not verified) :: Mon, 09/28/2009 - 5:38pm

I don't think torn means torn in half. I suspect he'd be in surgery right now if that were the case. And he sure as hell wouldn't have been walking off the field like that, or walking at all.

by Purds :: Mon, 09/28/2009 - 7:33pm

Years ago, I had just finished a race in college when a teammate in the next race did the "torn in two" tearing of a hamstring. It seemed like I heard it (though I doubt that's true), but I am sure I could see all the muscle bunched and it was gross. No way he could walk.

by JG (not verified) :: Mon, 09/28/2009 - 9:41pm

A soccer player I knew tore a quad muscle in two and played the rest of the season without surgery. It was really gross. The muscle tore, then balled up on itself so he had this giant lump on his upper leg. I couldn't believe that he was able to keep playing like that. But he did. And this was in a low level pro league.

So, yeah, that probably didn't happen to Freeney [the muscle tearing in two, not finding himself playing soccer]. But I do wonder, given that his success is so much contingent upon superior acceleration, if he might not be all that effective at getting to the passer until he is truly 100%. Thoughts?

by Cass (not verified) :: Mon, 09/28/2009 - 5:34pm

Hey Bob, check out the comments in the latest post on Stampede Blue. You will be reassured. Trust me.

by Bobman :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 1:03am

Yah, Cass, I saw. It's just thw word "torn" as opposed to, say, even a gentler sounding "has a tear." One to me sounds apocalyptic, the other sounds like a few fibers in a much larger muscle mass tore.

I know two brothers, about 35 years old, who have had that "muscle rips off its anchor on your femur" injury while playing hoops. In most ways they hit the genetic lottery, but not in the thigh muscle attachment category. They both described it as coming loose down by the knee and rolling up like a tape measure into a giant wad in their thigh--but both had roughly immediate surgery and were on crutches for 1-2 months. But back skiing and playing rec hoops inside a year, which is just nuts in my book.

by Briguy :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 11:20am

ESPN reported this morning that Freeney has a strained quad and will likely be back after their bye week. So all this talk of balled up muscle lumps, while fascinating to read while I eat lunch, is premature.

Edit: On the other hand, the Colts once reported Harrison as day-to-day when his career was basically over, so I don't trust them on their injury reports anymore.

by Pats fan.... (not verified) :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 12:15pm

Harrison is still "day to day." The day has not come yet.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 12:22pm

I remember Carrol noting once that the quad is made up of 4 muscles (obviously), while the peck is a single muscle, which is why you can continue to play with a torn quad but a torn peck will put you out for the year.