Gridiron Dislocations


I’m watching the 49ers and Eagles game on Monday Night Football, I see Koy Detmer apparently dislocate his left elbow on a passing play. It seems to be occuring more frequently these days in the NFL. Several weeks ago, Shannon Sharpe of the Denver Broncos “partially” dislocated his elbow, and he hasn’t played since. Seeing Detmer’s legs flopping up and down in obvious pain brought back memories of my own ultimate dislocation in February of 2001. He’s in the locker room now, no doubt getting his elbow stabilized and reduced. I wonder if he’s asking for anything for the pain. If the elbow was dislocated in an awkward position, I can assure you that the pain is quite unpleasant.

Like I said, “Ouch.”

I see on my referrer logs that a number of football fans are learning more about dislocations from my Ultimate Dislocation page. Kudos to Yahoo and Google for indexing the page!

Looks like he’ll be out for at least 6-8 weeks. It takes a long time for the ligaments to heal and the swelling to subside. Given that it was is his non-throwing elbow, however, he might be able to take the field sooner. Feely did a nice job in his place, however.

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