Doc Talk: Wild-card injury report

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Dr. Mark Adickes

Dr. Mark Adickes played nine years of pro football and is a Super Bowl champ-turned Harvard trained orthopedic surgeon. He's affiliated with Ironman Sports Medicine Institute and UT Health Medical School. Visit him online at Jock to Doc and follow him on Twitter.



Injuries are a part of football, but these players have been hit particularly hard.


Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

Ravens LB Ray Lewis (triceps): According to the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are staying quiet on whether or not Ray Lewis will play Sunday against the Colts. After announcing that he will retire at the end of this season, we expect that he will return during the postseason and maybe during this week's home game against the Colts.

Health Rating: Ray Lewis @ 55%

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee): RG3 will wear a brace during his first playoff game, the Washington Post reports. His knee looked fine last week against the Cowboys, seeing that he rushed for 63 yards against them, and it will continue to improve each week. Head coach Mike Shanahan noted that his starter “probably doesn’t have to wear it, but doctors thought it would be best.”

Health Rating: Robert Griffin III @ 85%

Health Ratings: So what do the numbers mean?

100-85% = NFL players are tough and despite injuries still perform at a high level. Let’s be honest, when is an NFL athlete really physically 100% . . . practically never. With a rating in this range expect players to perform at peak levels.

70-85% = In this range a player's performance will be affected but they can still get the job done.

55-70% = Players with a rating this low will require assistance to do their jobs. The team might be better served by placing these warriors on the inactive list. Only some All-Pros can get the job done when rated this poorly.

40-55% = These players need some more time to heal. Unlikely to be active unless miraculous healing occurs or my rating was based on erroneous information.

25-40% = Players will not play but show signs of recovery opening the door for a return to the active roster the following week.

< 25% = Players will not play and there is concern that additional games may be missed.

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