4/30/21, 1:11 AM
Phillips has one of the most involved injury histories in this year’s draft. The cumulative risk of his ankle injuries is relatively low, but concussion risk grows as the count increases (currently at 2). His 2018 wrist surgery involved removing bones in the hand, which alters the biomechanics of the wrist and poses high long-term risk of wrist injury over his career. He will likely be able to play through much of this based on the demands of his position, but there’s a very real chance it impacts his performance towards the end of his career. Overall high risk, high reward player, but relatively safe in the short-term.
High ankle sprain, right – 2017
Low ankle sprain, left – 2017
Wrist injury, treated with multiple surgeries – last in 2018 (proximal row carpectomy)
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