Today’s health and safety news around football:
* The Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said he plans to play with a fractured left index finger that could be permanently damaged if he breaks it again.
The 24-year-old Cowboys wide receiver has a fractured left index finger that requires surgery. But he could choose to play in Sunday’s game with the aid of a splint. Bryant was seen during the media portion of Thursday’s practice wearing a padded white glove that allowed the tip of his index finger to be exposed.
* The Bleacher report explained the risks of Bryant delaying the surgery.
The rationale behind protecting a broken finger lies in the fact that while a fracture is healing, the bone is quite weak. As a result, less force to the finger is needed to cause more damage. While playing with a known fracture, hits to Bryant’s hand that would not have previously caused harm may now cause further injury, including a more severely displaced fracture. Also, if a fracture is dramatic enough, surgical re-alignment may not be able to completely restore normal anatomy, and malunion can result. In the worst case scenario, nonunion, where the bone never reconnects itself at all, is possible. Malunion or nonunion can lead to decreased finger range of motion, stiffness and permanent deformity.
* The Pacific Standard Magazine wrote about the public relations involved in making the league safer.
* With the NHL in the 90th day of its lockout, The Sporting News looked at what the league should with its concussion policy when the league returns.
* UTSouthwestern offered a video that explained what the anatomy of ACL injuries.
* And Education Week examined how the concussion lawsuits against the NFL could affect youth football.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor.