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SteelCrazy
09-18-2009, 08:56 PM
http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/n ... bears.html (http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/20090918_ap_sweedouttimmonsinforsteelersgameagains tbears.html)

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed won't play Sunday against the Chicago Bears because of a sprained foot.

Starting linebacker Lawrence Timmons (high ankle sprain) is expected to play against the Bears, although it is uncertain whether he will start. Timmons was injured Aug. 22 against Washington and wasn't in uniform against Tennessee on Sept. 10, when Keyaron Fox took his place.

Timmons left practice early Wednesday and didn't sound optimistic about playing, but went through full practices Thursday and Friday.

Sweed was hurt during practice Wednesday and hasn't practiced since. Rookie Mike Wallace is expected to be the Steelers' No. 3 receiver, with Shaun McDonald taking Sweed's spot on the active roster.

Ozey74
09-18-2009, 09:23 PM
I hope our staff is damn sure Timmons is ready to go. He will be back to square #1 if he re-injures it. If he isn't 100%, I'd rather have him sit out a few more weeks until he is 100%.

SidSmythe
09-18-2009, 09:52 PM
ankles and hamstrings suck and aren't worth messing with.

RuthlessBurgher
09-18-2009, 10:26 PM
If he plays, I'd limit his snaps. I wouldn't start him even. I'd basically do the same workload split that he did with Larry Foote last year, only this time with Key Fox playing the part of Foote. Let Fox handle knocking helmets with RB Matt Forte and 1st and 2nd down, and then bring Timmons in to shadow TE Greg Olsen in passing situations, since that is the job that Polamalu would have had if he were playing. I trust Timmons' athleticism at ILB more when covering Olsen, who Cutler should target quite a bit on Sunday, than I do Ty Carter's athleticism at strong safety.

SteelCrazy
09-18-2009, 11:04 PM
Here's a little info on a high ankle sprain. From what I read, I wouldn't play Timmons until it is completely pain free.

http://www.coreperformance.com/knowledg ... prain.html (http://www.coreperformance.com/knowledge/injury-pain/high-ankle-sprain.html)

“In a high ankle sprain, the ligaments that connect the two lower leg bones together are injured,” explains M. Ramin Modabber, MD, of the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group.

“The location is higher up the leg, it is usually associated with a higher degree of injury, and requires a longer time to recover and return to sport. The forces on these ligaments are greater and they need to be healed before athletes can tolerate running, jumping, and cutting—another reason for the longer time to return to sport."

While you can often return from standard ankle sprains in days or weeks, Dr. Modabber says high ankle sprains can take weeks to months.

A grade 1 sprain is the mildest form of injury and consists of a stretch to the ligaments.
A grade 2 sprain is a partial tear of the ligaments.
A grade 3 sprain is a complete tear.

In spite of increased awareness, the mechanism of high ankle sprains is still not completely understood, and there is an ongoing debate about the best ways to diagnose and manage the injury.

How It Happens

A high ankle sprain usually occurs when the ankle rolls outward beyond its normal range of motion and tears the ligament between the two bones (tibia and fibula) of the lower leg at the level of the ankle. It could happen when a basketball, football, or soccer player lands awkwardly after jumping, gets stepped on or hit by another player, or makes a quick change in direction. The medical term for the injury is ankle syndesmosis, and many sports-related high ankle sprains are misdiagnosed or recognized long after the initial injury when the person does not recover according to schedule.

By the Numbers

5-10
Percentage of all ankle sprains that are high ankle sprains

50
Percentage of athletes who have a recurring ankle sprain

40
Percentage of athletes who have long-term ankle instability after a severe sprain


Symptoms

Pain when the ankle is turned to the outside
Pain when the leg is squeezed at the midpoint of the calf
Possible bruising
Possible snapping or popping sound when the injury occurs
Limited ankle motion
Difficulty in walking
Initial Treatment

Protect the ankle from further injury with a sprint or wrap.


Comeback Strategy

For grade 1 and 2 sprains treated without surgery, it may take six weeks or longer until you are able to resume athletic activities. For grade 2 and 3 sprains treated with surgery, return to sports can take several months.
Return to training when you have full range of motion in the injured ankle, when you have near-full strength, and when you can go through the movements required in your sport without pain. Examples: a football player should be able to explode out of his stance; a hockey player should be able to skate with no pain when pushing off to the side.
Tape or wrap the ankle to prevent outward rotation of the ankle.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
09-19-2009, 12:17 AM
If the trainers are playing him, indeed if he went through full practices Thursday and Friday, I'd guess that (despite what has been said before) he doesn't have a high ankle sprain.

NorthCoast
09-19-2009, 07:22 PM
If he plays, I'd limit his snaps. I wouldn't start him even. I'd basically do the same workload split that he did with Larry Foote last year, only this time with Key Fox playing the part of Foote. Let Fox handle knocking helmets with RB Matt Forte and 1st and 2nd down, and then bring Timmons in to shadow TE Greg Olsen in passing situations, since that is the job that Polamalu would have had if he were playing. I trust Timmons' athleticism at ILB more when covering Olsen, who Cutler should target quite a bit on Sunday, than I do Ty Carter's athleticism at strong safety.

Exactly. Fox is more than up to the task. Let Timmons come in on obvious passing downs but keep Fox in for everything else. If Timmons re-injures he could easily be done for most of the season given that speed is his game, you have to two good ankles to run fast.