What a debut at the New Meadowlands Stadium between the New York Giants and New York Jets for its preseason opener. Eli Manning provided another kind of drama for the crowd and viewing audience while bleeding profusely. During a crucial play on the Jets five-yard line, he first collided with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. Manning was then hit from behind by Jets lineman Calvin Pace. In the process, his helmet flew off while his face struck and rebounded from Jets safety Jim Leonhard’s face mask. This resulted in a three-inch laceration requiring 12 stitches for Eli Manning.
Eli Manning vs. other NFL Quarterback’s Injuries
Luckily the younger brother of Peyton Manning and the son of Archie Manning did not sustain any concussions. The 29-year-old quarterback was able to walk off the field with the medical team in tow. He was later x-rayed at the stadium, where the x-rays were shown to be negative. Manning is, for the time being, very lucky with his recent injury. However, some other NFL quarterbacks have sustained far more serious injuries that are certainly worth noting.
This New England Patriots quarterback was virtually unstoppable, winning several Super Bowls and on the road to another one until the first game of the 2008 NFL season. He was hit on the knee by Kansas City Chiefs defender Bernard Pollard. Brady’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was torn, which took him out for the remainder of the season. Since then, he’s been back, but not with the same gusto as before.
While playing for the San Diego Chargers during 2005 against the Denver Broncos in the last game of the season, Brees was hit by Denver tackle Gerard Warren. The quarterback was already on the ground when tackled. This hard hit injured Brees’ shoulder. We all know that Drew Brees now plays for the New Orleans Saints, where he led his team to its very first Super Bowl trip and victory in 2010.
By far the most tragic injury of all was sustained by this Washington Redskins quarterback in 1985. It is considered the most devastating sports injury of all time. Theismann broke his right leg in a compound fracture, where the broken bone is completely open through the skin. He broke both his tibia and fibula. Sadly, this injury ended his professional football career at the age of 36.
What Does the Future Hold for Eli Manning?
The reason Manning bled for quite some time on his forehead is that external scalp injuries will cause excessive bleeding because the scalp is rich with blood vessels. This includes even minor cuts. More than likely, Eli Manning will see some swelling or what’s called the “goose egg.” It’s the result of the scalp’s veins leaking blood or fluid into or underneath the scalp. Sometimes it takes days or even weeks to disappear.
However, any type of head injury, even if it’s a cut to the forehead, as in Manning’s case, is certainly not to be taken lightly. His helmet did come off during the on-field accident; he was then hit unprotected. He may not have shown signs of a concussion immediately, but what are the long-term effects? Head injuries are common causes of disability and death. More than likely, further diagnostic testing and a comprehensive medical evaluation will be needed for Manning. Hopefully the swelling from the cut is short-term. Some needed R & R is all that’s required for Eli Manning before the regular season gets underway.
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