NFL Injury Analysis: Grade 2 Strain for Brown
NFL Injury Analysis: Grade 2 Strain for Brown

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

Antonio Brown

In a season synonymous with injury, it seems only fitting that the top receiver in the NFL joins the unfortunately long list of impactful injuries. Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle Sunday and is done for the rest of the regular season.

Muscles of the body can be bruised or strained. Strains occur in a variety of ways and can be described as a pull or a tear. However, these designations often just describe the degree of damage to the muscle itself. Medically, strains are assigned grades based on the severity of this accrued damage. A Grade I strain, often called a "pulled muscle" is the least severe and often considered minor. In low-grade strains, microtearing of the tissue has occurred, though the injured individual often reports little to no loss of function. A Grade 2 strain is considered moderate and involves damage to actual muscle fibers. Grade 2 injuries are often referred to as partial tears. Anything given a higher grade is considered severe, and the tear is usually complete. Grade 3 injuries are accompanied by a loss of both stability and function and generally require surgery intervention.

Brown's injury appears to be a Grade 2 strain of the calf. The calf is actually a muscle group comprising multiple muscles that share a conjoined tendon. Brown's injury appears to have occurred to the muscle belly and not the Achilles tendon. As a result, he has a chance to return for the postseason though he faces an

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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.
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