Bottom line: Expect full return prior to the start of team activities. He should be fully recovered by now, but will be at increased risk for recurrence of his injury.
Injury: Shoulder stinger (traumatic brachial plexopathy)
Date of Injury: 11/3/19
Date of Surgery: N/A
Analysis in Detail:
Return to Play
Return rates are generally very high, but depend on the extent of the injury. Howard had a severe stinger, resulting in temporary trauma to the nerves in his arm and causing him to miss the season following the injury in Week 9. At this point, he is on track to return for the start of team activities.
Reports indicate that Howard’s arm strength has returned to baseline, indicating that his nerve injury has fully recovered. We therefore expect return to pre-injury level of performance.
Recurrence is the main concern following a severe stinger, with contact athletes experiencing another injury 20-37% of the time. Repeat injuries tend to have longer lasting effects, so there is some reason for concern about long-term durability. However, we expect that he will be fully healthy in the short-term.
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