We see it happen a lot: two players suffer the same injury, but face two very different roads to recovery. The question is why does this happen? To help fans understand, lets take a more in depth look into Tom Brady and Calvin Johnson’s ankle injuries.
Tom Brady suffered a rolled ankle with an ankle sprain. This is treated with stabilization, icing, anti-inflammatories and rest. For a quarterback, the ankle is a form of support, but it is not the most important part of his physique in relation to performance. There are multiple other parts that are more important, such as the shoulder. Calvin Johnson has also suffered the same type of injury this season. As a wide receiver, however, his ankle is one of the most important parts of his performance physique. Most importantly, the use of his ankle is crucial for initiating speed and for misdirection during a route or to plant after a catch.
Therefore, it is no surprise that Calvin Johnson has found it difficult to return to 100% performance. The amount of force that gets applied to the ankles for wide receivers is incredible. Tom Brady, one the other hand, did not miss a game and was able to perform at a top level. This is because his ankle has much less of an emphasis on his performance. Ultimately, while it may look the same on paper, comparing Brady and Johnson’s injuries to each other is not comparing apples to apples. In fact, it would be more of an apples to apples comparison if Tom Brady injured his shoulder.
At Inside Injuries we have downgraded Calvin Johnson’s report card from A- to C+ due to repeated ankle injuries. However, Tom Brady has stayed at an A-. As partners, Inside Injuries and scoutPRO combine the best of a player’s medical information with statistical analysis to predict accurate performance for fantasy football players that can help you win your league. For more information on how injuries may affect your favorite player visit InjuryReportCard.com and optimize your roster in scoutPRO today.