Dr. Jung opinion sought on the Cowboy’s DB return-to-competition after foot injury.
Jourdan Lewis was fractured, dislocated and torn. His right foot curved like a banana, angling inward about 45 degrees. Bone pushed against skin. Skin pushed against shoe. A stadium X-ray underscored the need for urgent surgery, prompting an on-call medical team to be summoned.
Thirteen months ago, the Cowboys nickel cornerback suffered an injury that threatened his football career.
Lewis did what he’s long done. He fought.
When the Cowboys host the Washington Commanders on Thanksgiving, arguably the most impressive feat won’t be a Dak Prescott pass, CeeDee Lamb catch or Micah Parsons sack. It will be Lewis overcoming a midfoot fracture and dislocation to play his 10th game of the season.
One of Three independent surgeons react to Lewis’ X-rays
When I see something like that, it’s bad. It’s a bad injury. … Usually, you’d imagine it’s a car accident or something with pretty heavy trauma in order to have an injury with that appearance. It’s not what you’d expect from football. … There are fractures. There are dislocations of multiple joints where the bones are not aligned properly. Seeing that, you know it takes a lot of energy to cause that much damage or to move those bones out of place. … It’s really impressive that he is back that quick and back at all. It definitely would be a career-threatening injury.”
— Dr. Kenneth Jung, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles and consultant to the Los Angeles Rams