The Pittsburgh Steelers won, but they lost at the same time. When it was announced by head coach Mike Tomlin after the game of Joe Haden’s fractured fibula, fans feared the worst. But more importantly, fans were left wondering if it would be the end of the season for Haden.
After the game Dr. David J. Chao, MD wrote this about Haden’s injury, and how long it may take for him to return.
The possible good news is that “indefinitely” doesn’t have to mean a long time.
Haden’s season does not have to be over. He could return in as little as 4-6 weeks.
There are two bones in the lower leg. The tibia is the primary bone for weight bearing and support. The fibula, especially where Haden was hit, is not structural. Thus, there will be no requirement for a cast.
It is doubtful he has surgery, because the fracture is in a location that is not important for weight bearing. As such he could have a return this season. The worst case is IR and return for playoffs.
Dr. Chao isn’t the only medical expert on the internet who was weighing in on the subject. Melanie Friedlander used her medical expertise to talk about what might entail Haden’s return.
And a complete fracture at the mid-point of the fibula would probably heal without surgery also. Takes about 6-8 weeks.— Melanie Friedlander (@Girlsurgeon) November 12, 2017
With that said, these two medical experts are suggesting the same thing — Haden’s season isn’t over. The actual timeline for his return will depend on the injury itself, and what little information we, as the general public have.
So, if it were anywhere from a 4-8 week injury, Haden could return as soon as game in Week 15 vs. the Patriots, which is probably doubtful, or he could be out until the playoffs, assuming all goes as planned and the team will be in the “dance” when the dust settles.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this injury as more information unfolds...