i find this extremely interesting
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|33 weeks 2 days ago||Robinson Injury||
Speaking as a physician and surgeon, it would appear that denard came down on his ulnar nerve. In other words, he hit his funny bone. It is quite clear from the video that his elbow hits the turf first on the insdie edge where the ulnar nerve runs in a very exposed location. Next you see him grab the pinky side of his hand as his face goes into an ugly expression of pain.
If the nerve is lightly struck, you get that funny bone tingling, but if the nerve is pinched hard between the bone and something else (the field), it produces excrutiating pain that can last for days or longer. It feels like the little finger and half of the ring finger are being torched. In addition to the pain, you lose the sense of touch on those same fingers. In other words, the only sensation that comes from there is burning pain. There is no weakness from this because the nerve is not used for the muscles. But the numbness cause issues with your grip as you might imagine. You can also experience hyperesthesia, which means that touching the fingers hurts, like anyone who has had shingles can tell you about. None of this is good news for the throwing hand of a quarterback.
It also seems as though this is at least the scond time he has done this in a game this season. I wonder if it has happened in practice as well. The more times you do this, the more sensitive the nerve becomes. After repeated trauma, it takes less and less of a pinch on the nerve to cause the same symptoms.
The elbow can certainly be padded and I hope they do this. Since it would seem that this is a recurrent problem, I would think that Denard may consider a surgery which moves the nerve into a less vulnerable spot. Certainly this would not happen until after the season.