Editor’s Note: This is the first article published from Brohamma, a 44-year-old resident of Germany. More about his bio below. Enjoy the article, and we hope to see more from brohamma soon.
On Tuesday, Michael Bush described the thumb injury he sustained versus the San Francisco 49ers as a “Bennett’s fracture.”
A what? Bennett’s fracture?
Didn’t Drew Bennett retire? Wasn’t he one of those eternal “sleepers” that would emerge and clinch your league championship? Err, umm … sorry tangent there.
So what exactly is a “Bennett’s fracture” and what does it mean for Michael Bush’s 2010 fantasy value?
In laymans terms, he broke the first bone of his thumb, the left thumb, for those keeping track (this is significant but I’ll address that shortly).
Here’s what you do: Pinch your thumbnail, move back to the knuckle and then fold the tip of your thumb into your palm. The bone between the knuckle and your hand … this still isn’t it. Psych!
Run your finger along this bone, till you reach the joint where your thumb and hand are connected. The bone that is broken is this third one that runs to your wrist, from that joint. Ouch right!?
Well, Michael Bush suffered a “non-comminuted” fracture of this bone/metacarpal. Another big word with a laymans translation … the bone simply broke and did not break into fragments. Since he suffered the non-comminuted type of fracture, the surgeons simply inserted screws into each side of the break and wired it together.
He’ll have fun in airports from now on trying to explain why the metal detector went off. That lady, who seems to be at every airport with the to tight pants and the zipper that is holding on for dear life? Yeah, her. She’s not going to be having any of that nonsense. “Please step to the side sir.”
So, the big question here is …
What does this do to Michael Bush’s value?
Here is the typical timeline for recovery from this type of procedure from numerous medical sites: 4-8 weeks. Naturally, there are many factors to consider in the healing process so those numbers are taken with a grain of salt. Ok, a third of the season. I can live with that.
Well, here is the catch. It’s Bush’s LEFT thumb. He’s a southpaw. That means it is his dominant hand that is hurt.
Did you guys just hear that collective “awww sh$7?” That was all the people who have him from early drafts or dynasty leagues.
All is not doom and gloom, though. NFL teams have some of the best physicians in the world at their disposal and they protect their investments. Well, just don’t say that to Cincinnati Bengal’s players … they may have differing thoughts.
Anyhow, Michael Bush could still make an impact this year, though he will certainly fall back a round or two.
I’d like to leave you with one more nugget of information.
There usually is an early onset of arthritic conditions with this type of injury, and muscle strength is, often, not what it was prior. In a sport where defensive coordinators and coaches teach even Mighty Mite football players to “put a hat on the ball,” this type of injury has the potential to change Michael Bush’s career.
I’m sure I speak for all NFL fans when I say “we wish you a healthy and speedy recovery, Michael.”
When asked for a bio to include with his first article, Brohamma shared the following:
“I was born on Cape Cod, MA in 1966. They were terrible times, we had to walk uphill both to and from school. Twelve years later I moved to Cocoa Beach with my mom and brother. Things got much easier then. You see, Florida is F-L-A-T … no more hills. The teenage years on Cocoa Beach were fun, with a capital F! Watching rockets being launched during ballgames, from the Kennedy Space Center, and then them hitting the self-destruct button made for some great fireworks. No joke. Sadly, one that wasn’t so great was the Challenger. Then I joined the Army. I spent several years in Germany along the border, until the day it suddenly came down. I met my wife while stationed over there and we’ve been together for 19 years now. We have an angelic little monster named Anna and a son Lars on the way. I live over here in Germany now, and have for the past nine years. I’ve been a Patriots fan for years and support ALL the New England teams. What do I currently do? I’m a Mr. Mom; my wife is the finance head of a large company here. I follow sports, especially football … both american and european fußball.