4/30/21, 1:07 AM
ACL tears mean increased long-term risk for NFL players, but data says those effects aren’t as large in offensive linemen as in other positions. Having had one on each knee doesn’t inspire confidence, but it’s also far from a death sentence to his playing career. Regarding his ankle injuries and surgeries, the exact details aren’t clearly reported, but none of the most likely scenarios add too greatly to his risk profile.
He should be fully cleared to play from his latest knee injury by August at latest, so we can expect to him to be available for the majority of training camp and all games. Reports say multiple teams have given him a C- medically, and historical NFL data does appear to back that up. His performance when healthy should be pretty similar to what we’ve seen so far, but longevity is a question mark with the injury history he’s built up already. Overall high risk, high reward player.
ACL x2 (Right – 2016, Left – 2020)
Ankle season-ending injury x2 (Right – 2017, Left – 2018)
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