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Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Ryan Braun

Braun was an early exit from Monday's game after colliding with Padres first baseman Jake Goebbert. The two appeared to come into knee-to-knee contact but Braun was diagnosed with a left quadriceps contusion. While some may scoff at the injury and write it off as nothing more than a bruise, damage to the quadriceps muscle group can be painful and limiting. Furthermore contusions to this well-vascularized area can develop into a more serious condition known as myositis ossificans. If improperly treated or not allotted the appropriate amount of time to heal, tiny calcified formations may develop in the damaged tissue of the muscle. These formations only further limit the quad and increase the associated pain.

Myositis ossifcans isn't a current concern for Braun but the seriousness of an injury deemed a contusion shouldn't be overlooked. The former MVP is confident he will be able to play Tuesday but a game or two off wouldn't be surprising.

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