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Discussion in 'On The Field' started by Joe Fan, Apr 6, 2019.
I've done some research and the condition can't be cured only treated. I don't see any way he could be medically cleared.
Love this player/hate this news
Pretty sure it's the same reason Michael Irvin quit football.
The TJ Ford Story
and, of course, Earl...
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Unfotunately, I fear he is done with football. Hope I'm wrong, somehow...
Absolute best wishes to the kid. There really is more than football, though in my own life one might question that. Hookem
Randy Simmons was my biggest recruiting disappointment of the last 30 years. Of the players we actually signed and never played a down, Arlington’s David Condon was my biggest letdown. IIRC he had the same condition.
Well at least they found it before something worse happened on the field of play.
I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet as I have some familiarity with the condition. While the question is certainly the severity, evolving treatments, including micro surgery (I believe) have supposedly yielded good results.
The most important thing is that Floyd can live a normal and pain free life, but it would be terrific if in his case, the condition is treatable such that he can return to the field.
Let me add that pretty much anything Chip Brown reports should always be met with some measure of skepticism.
It's very disappointing when someone with that great ability is diagnosed with a condition that could/probably end his career. It's "all he knows" at this point in his life. Is it worth paralysis? Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions but I'd put walking/using my arms a step above playing a sport I love. I like that schools encountering this type of thing step up and honor the scholarship and help the player continuing his education....admittedly, it'd be a little bad pr if they didn't....
Spinal stenosis is a very general term that can mean a lot of things, not all of which would be football-career-threatening. It just means that one of the many passageways through spine bones through which nerves pass is narrowed, either through injury, degeneration or congenital. How narrowed, located where, having what effect on nerves--these all go into how serious that term can be.
I'm no doctor but if I was and this condition substantially increased the chances of paralysis I wouldn't clear anyone to play in a billion years.
I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in my 20's. I have had the best medial care, treatment and rehab available. Treatments have come along in the last 10 years that have helped with the chronic pain. Helped. Not eliminated. This young man has been dealt a bad hand, but I pray no one talks him in to ever stepping on to a football field again.
From TFB --
– De’Gabriel Floyd has a herniated disc. This seems to be a huge factor at play because it is the main cause behind the spinal stenosis that is holding him out.
– Per spineuniverse.com, a bulging disc or fragments from a herniated disc can then protrude into the spinal canal or pinch on the nerve extending through the foramen. Ligaments connecting the vertebrae may also degenerate and allow the vertebrae to shift, which can pinch the spinal cord or nerves. I have a picture below that displays an example of what is possibly happening.
– The plan going forward with De’Gabriel Floyd is to put him through rigorous physical therapy to reduce the swelling in his herniated disc causing the spinal stenosis. As a very last resort, Floyd may undergo surgery for the herniated disc.
– All parties are optimistic about his treatment; however, I will not tell you that it is 100% happening. The neck is tricky.
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Appears not to be a congenital restrictive issue which should provide some hope for the guy. However, the last TFB statement is very true.
Didn't stop Peyton Manning from winning a Super Bowl MVP after his surgeries:
A History of Peyton Manning's Neck Surgeries | Dr. Stefano Sinicropi
Sounds like it needs TLC.
True, but Peyton didn't play LB; in fact he was protected, as a QB from head hits.
Floyd's head/neck area would get hammered every game, multiple times.
Love this kid. He is focused, intense, very mobile, hungry. Probably has a drive to one day play in the League. Let's hope he and Dr. find a way to play soon...
Several similarly diagnosed have gone on to play even in the NFL. Each condition is different.
God bless the kid - best wishes for your future!
and the point is IDE was spot on, he's medically retiring....for fear of severe injury.
As I understand it he still gets full scholarship to Texas so take advantage of it kid and God bless!
I don't think a kid would lie about a serious injury
He is making the best choice for his health. He most likely has a misalignment of the spine not a narrowing of the spinal column. The misalignment could sever the spinal cord on high impact. I have the misalignment so I had to quit playing it was too much of a risk. Narrowing can be correct to some degree, but a misalignment is a genetic condition that stays with you for life. Best to find another sport that is not high impact and just deal with the pain.