4/30/21, 1:07 AM
Caleb Farley is immensely talented but does carry elevated injury risk. Data in NFL players who have spine surgery for disc herniations tells us to expect them to continue their prior performance trajectory. Unfortunately it also suggests that having this diagnosis at a young age may result in shorter careers.
Having an ACL tear prior to entering the NFL is associated with lower performance and game participation. In the short term he will most likely be unaffected, but there are multiple causes for long-term concern here.
2 spine surgeries (microdiscectomies)
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