Clavicle fracture, a potential program for Jaguars' Nick Foles after surgery


In the minutes from his first game as the quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise, Nick Foles had an injury to his left shoulder, and will now miss a significant part of the next season.

Foles gave DJ Charak a touchdown pass before moving to the bench, holding his non-throwing hand. The team immediately announced that it would be ruled out of the rest of the game with a left shoulder injury.

Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters after the loss to the Kansas City chiefs that Foles suffered a left clavicle fracture or clavicle fracture. Foles himself announced that he would undergo surgery on Monday. No calendar has been announced for its expected returns.

A clavicle fracture, or a clavicle fracture, is, unfortunately, a common injury in contact and collision sports, such as football. An injury usually occurs when the athlete falls on his shoulder. Radiographs usually confirm the nature of the lesion without the need for more tests such as MRI.

Surgical repair of the fracture, usually with a plate and screws through the fracture, can help the clavicle fracture better align and heal in a more physical position. A player's playing time depends on the time it takes to heal the bone.

In general, for a clavicle fracture, it may take 6 to 8 weeks for the bone to fully freeze. The athlete must then recover all shoulder strength. For a quarterback, it can be a prolonged absence if the injury is to the throwing shoulder.

In Foles' case, since the injury is to the shoulder that he does not throw, the team's doctors and athletic coaches can let him play before the plate and screws can theoretically protect a healing fracture. Nevertheless, 4 to 6 weeks seems the best case, as there is still a risk that an energetic approach will fracture and disrupt the hardware if it is not fully recovered.