This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
Week 17 is here. We made it. The 2020 NFL season has been a challenging one in multiple aspects. The league and fantasy managers navigated their way through a global pandemic and endured season-ending injuries to some of the NFL's brightest stars including Saquon Barkley, Dak Prescott and Odell Beckham. Congratulations to all the fantasy players who managed to win the war of attrition and are still fighting for fantasy immorality or are celebrating a Week 16 championship. For one last time in this crazy year, let's take a look at the injuries impacting the regular season finale.
The Rams quarterback recently underwent surgery after suffering a broken and dislocated thumb in the team's Week 16 loss to the Seahawks. Goff was able to finish the game after relocating the displaced joint but, after further evaluation, surgery was deemed necessary.
A dislocation occurs when the bones of a joint are forced out of alignment and do not naturally return to their natural positioning. Goff performed what is medially known as a reduction when he forced the thumb back into place. However, like with most dislocations, the force that resulted in the displacement also disrupted the surrounding stabilizing structures like muscle and ligaments. Additionally, the bone tissue of Goff's thumb also failed, resulting in a fracture. Goff's surgery involved the insertion of surgical screws to stabilize the bone, and he will not be available for the team's pivotal Week17 contest against the Cardinals.
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