Posts Tagged ‘Season ending injury’

Henrik Zetterberg‘s NHL career is over due to his back condition, Red Wingsgeneral manager Ken Holland said on Friday, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan.

Holland added that Zetterberg is not retiring, but will instead be placed on long-term injured reserve, according to’s Nick Cotsonika. He has three years remaining on his contract with an annual cap hit of $6.083 million.

Zetterberg has dealt with back issues dating back to the 2014-15 campaign, but incredibly didn’t miss a game the last three seasons. He labored through most of last season and wasn’t able to practice for half the year, Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said last month, but still managed to put up 56 points. His back didn’t allow him to train this offseason either.

The 37-year-old Swede finishes his career as one of the best players in his generation.

Zetterberg was a member of the elusive Triple Gold Club, winning Olympic and World Championship gold medals in 2006, and leading the Wings to a Stanley Cup title in 2008 while also being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.


Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert broke his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons and is expected to undergo season-ending surgery, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Eifert’s left leg was placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field after suffering the injury in gruesome fashion.

The tight end posted four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown before the injury.

The 28-year-old has finished each of the last two seasons on injured reserve because of back injuries. The former Pro Bowler signed a one-year contract in March to stay with the Bengals.

Jimmy Garoppolo‘s MRI Monday revealed what the San Francisco 49ers had originally feared, as the team confirmed he suffered a torn left ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.

The quarterback went down late in the fourth quarter after cutting back into the field instead of stepping out of bounds at the end of a quarterback scramble. He also stepped into a heavy hit upon making the cut.

C.J. Beathard is currently the only other quarterback on San Francisco’s roster, so he’ll presumably start in Garoppolo’s absence barring a trade or free-agent signing. The team will reportedly bring free agent Tom Savage in for a workout, a source told ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.

The injury is a huge blow to a once-promising 49ers season. The team currently sits at 1-2 after a 38-27 loss to the Chiefs.

Garoppolo’s first full season with the 49ers finishes with 718 passing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Atlanta Falcons starting strong safety Keanu Neal is out for the season, the team announced Friday.

He suffered a torn ACL during Thursday night’s season opener versus the Philadelphia EaglesESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, citing a source.

Neal exited the game twice with a knee injury, one that head coach Dan Quinn said didn’t appear to be serious. He was taken for a precautionary MRI on Friday morning when the full extent of the injury was revealed.

Neal, a 2016 first-round pick, established himself last year with 116 total tackles and three forced fumbles in a full 16-game campaign. Jordan Richards, whom the team acquired from the New England Patriots last week for a conditional draft pick, is the next man up on the depth chart.


New England Patriots offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn will miss the entire season after tearing his Achilles during Thursday night’s preseason affair with the Philadelphia Eagles, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Wynn suffered the injury on his first snap in pass protection and was carted to the locker room after being examined by trainers on the sideline. The rookie was competing for a starting spot on New England’s offensive line and was lined up at right tackle when his Achilles gave out.

The Patriots selected Wynn with the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 draft.

A St. Louis jury ruled in favor of former running back Reggie Bush on Tuesday.

The jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and another $7.5 million in punitive damages for the injury he suffered at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in 2015, according to Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Rams were found 100 percent liable for the season-ending knee injury Bush suffered in a Nov. 1 game as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Bush slipped on what his 2016 lawsuit called a “concrete ring of death” after being pushed out of bounds, severely injuring his knee. The concrete surface was covered with rubber padding two weeks later.

The Rams moved to Los Angeles the season following the injury.

“I’m very happy with the verdict,” Bush told the Post-Dispatch. “The people spoke and decided very fairly.”

Bush’s lawyer had asked for a judgment ranging from $10 million to $15 million, arguing that the running back was in line for a three-year contract in that range at the time.

He signed a one-year, $1.5-million contract with the Buffalo Bills for the 2016 season and said in December that he plans to retire.

Rams spokeswoman Joanna Hunter didn’t comment on the verdict, while attorneys for the team said they plan to file a motion for a new trial.

A civil trial began in St. Louis on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit filed by former NFL running back Reggie Bush, who’s reportedly seeking at least $25,000 in damages for an injury he suffered at Edward Jones Dome (now the Dome at America’s Center) in St. Louis in 2015, according to Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bush submitted the lawsuit against the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission in January 2016, after he suffered a season-ending knee injury as a member of the San Francisco 49ers when he slipped on concrete as he was being pushed out of bounds.

“You can see, it’s like all of a sudden he’s running on an ice rink,” Bush’s lawyer Tim Cronin told jurors in opening statements Tuesday as he played video of the injury in the courtroom. “Whatever risks a football player assumes, concrete 11 yards outside the sidelines is not one of them.”

The then-St. Louis Rams were added as a defendant roughly two weeks after Bush initially filed the suit, which claims the owners and operators of the dome showed negligence by allowing “a dangerous condition to exist at the Dome.”

The suit states the concrete surface was covered with rubber padding two weeks after the injury.

“There have been hundreds of games here and they haven’t had any issues with it,” said then-Rams head coach Jeff Fisher shortly after the incident.

Bush finished the 2015 season with just 28 rushing yards in five games. He then signed with the Buffalo Bills for the following season but lost three yards on 12 carries in 13 games, though he added 90 yards on seven receptions.