The Washington Post asks Dr. Jung to weigh in on Commanders WR Tim McLaurin’s toe injury.
The Washington Commanders hope to have their top wide receiver available for their Sept. 10 season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but it’s not a certainty.
Terry McLaurin sprained his right big toe in Monday night’s preseason win over the Baltimore Ravens, according to three people with knowledge of the injury.
According to Kenneth Jung, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, recovery from a toe sprain can vary based on the grade of the sprain and the individual. A complete tear of the cartilage typically requires surgery, said Jung, who did not treat or consult with McLaurin about his injury. But a milder sprain can be treated more conservatively.
“Sometimes these can be played through, but sometimes they may take as long as four to six weeks to heal,” Jung said.
With McLaurin, Washington has the benefit of time — there is a 20-day window between the date of his injury and the season opener.
“The next week or two would probably determine a lot,” Jung said. “… You’ll see how fast they progress him along. If he’s back in practice at the end of this week and even next week, I think that’s probably reasonable. If they’ve got him shut down, you’re getting close up to that date, so it may be a little tougher.”