Our in house injury expert Ketul Shah offers his analysis of Josh Rosen’s injury history…
With the increased chances of the Jets landing Josh Rosen in the upcoming draft, one of the main concerns about him is durability as he has missed 8 games over the last 2 seasons with UCLA. Rosen underwent season ending shoulder surgery during his sophomore season and was diagnosed twice with a concussion this past season.
From the way Rosen described his shoulder surgery, the procedure was likely a debridement opposed to a rotator cuff repair (although he admits there was a small tear in one of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff). During a debridement, tiny incisions are made in the shoulder so a microscope can inserted to guide the surgeon as he/she removes any minor damage that may exist (such as fraying of a muscle tendon, existing scar tissue, presence of bone spur, etc). Compared to a repair, this surgery is considerably minor and typical recovery time is around the 4-6 months for return to sport. Given that Rosen was performing at a high level during his junior season, I’m not as concerned with the shoulder as the debridement was successful and the small tear likely healed on its own.
My biggest concern stems from the fact he was diagnosed “twice” with a concussion within a month. Typically concussion-like symptoms subside after 10 days but that does not necessarily mean the brain is ready for severe contact again. In fact, a mild concussion takes at least 3 months for the brain to fully heal; while I’m not saying that a player should be sidelined for that whole time frame, players and teams need to be more cautious about when to return. Considering the fact that Rosen was sacked 26 times during that season and while he may have passed the concussion protocol, one can make the argument that Rosen’s was still recovering from his initial concussion when he was diagnosed with his second one. Regardless, two concussions in a span of a month is incredibly dangerous for the overall player’s health. Nevertheless, Rosen has had ample time to fully recover from his concussions and fortunately, concussions are somewhat controllable with smart play and an offensive line that doesn’t allow their quarterback to be sacked 53 times in 3 seasons.
Overall, Rosen’s past injuries can definitely raise questions about his durability however I’m not overly concerned about any of them. As long he continues to improve his frame and protect himself, his past shoulder and concussion issues shouldn’t stop him from living up to the high expectations placed on him.
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