Dr. David Chao, former NFL team doctor and current sports medical analyst for SiriusXM, says the timetable for Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley's return from a knee injury is uncertain but the injury isn't as serious as it may have first appeared.
Mosley left the
Ravens' game against the Cincinnati Bengals
with a knee injury Sept. 13. Immediately following Mosley's injury, many believed that the star linebacker had torn a ligament in his leg, as his knee had buckled and he had to be carted off the field.
After the Ravens' medical staff examined Mosley's knee, the team announced there was no structural damage to Mosley's knee. Instead, Mosley had sustained a much less serious bone bruise.
"Well, first of all Ravens fans should be happy," Chao said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Sept. 14, "because there was potential for disaster there, when his knee shifted a little bit."
If Mosley had torn his ACL, his season would be over. With a bone bruise, however, Chao believes Mosley will be back on the field within three-to-six weeks, barring any major setbacks.
"I'm reasonably confident he'll be back before the halfway mark," Chao said, "but hopefully a lot sooner than that."
A player who will not be able to return before midseason is Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon, who was
placed on injured reserve
with a knee injury Sept. 12, following the Ravens' Week 1 victory against the Buffalo Bills.
To this point, Dixon has not lived up to his impressive college career at Louisiana Tech, during which he set the NCAA record for total touchdowns (which was broken later that year by Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds).
Since coming into the league in 2016, Dixon has only played in 13 games, missing the entire 2017 season with a knee injury and being placed on IR this season with knee injury as well. Dixon will be eligible to return to the Ravens' active roster in Week 11.
Dixon's inability to stay healthy and stay on the field has led some to label him as injury-prone. Chao, however, thinks in almost all cases the term "injury-prone" is misused and misguided.
"If a guy injures his hamstring, then blows out his knee and then hurts his shoulder, that's called football," Chao said. "There are some players though, that seem to get more injuries."
For more from Dr. Chao, listen to the full interview here: