Dr. Soppe adds perspective to the Saints’ play-caller’s injured shoulder and return to play.
Derek Carr’s timeline to return to the field for the Saints likely will be determined by his pain tolerance and the severity of the sprain in his injured throwing shoulder, an orthopedic specialist said this week.
“Really, it just boils down to pain,” said Soppe, who, like Saints coach Dennis Allen, is a graduate of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas. “If it’s a Type 1 injury where basically the joint is just strained, it may just be two weeks. It really just depends on how he’s feeling, how much pain he’s having and what he can do.”
A 2013 study of AC joint injuries in NFL players from 2000-11 by the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed a mean recovery time of 17.3 days for quarterbacks. Only 1.7% of the injuries required surgery.
“I think we dodged a bullet there in terms of anything of real significance,” Allen said. “… We’re not making any decisions today, and we’re not ruling anything out. We will see where he’s at as the week goes on.”
“The first few weeks are typically pretty painful,” said Soppe, who also serves as an orthopedic consultant to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy. “Usually after a couple of weeks, people feel significantly better, even with higher grade injuries.”