Gearing Up for the Big Game: 2014 Super Bowl Teams’ Foot Injuries
Posted by Jenn F. on Friday, January 31st, 2014
Are you ready for your Super Bowl party? The sports fans here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City sure are! Even though none of our local NFL teams made it to Super Bowl XLVII, we can still appreciate the sportsmanship, athleticism, and… well, good old-fashioned excuse for a food and fun-filled get-together with family and friends!
We’re also thrilled that this year’s game will be held just across the Hudson at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Did you know this will be the first Super Bowl ever played in a cold weather city? We hope there will be no serious injuries to any of the players. Unfortunately, there are a few players from each team that are already suffering from ankle and foot injuries coming into the face-off.
Denver Broncos Injuries: Manning, Bailey & Harris
This year, Peyton Manning has struggled with a sprained ankle injury — missing some practices, but no games. “When you go through a significant injury and a major career change, you truly do go one year at a time and you don’t look past what’s going on now because you are not sure what’s going to happen,” Manning has said.
Fifteen-year NFL veteran cornerback Champ Bailey will see his first Super Bowl this Sunday. He’s been sidelined for most of the season with a Lisfranc foot injury suffered in preseason. Prior to this season, the 35-year-old had only missed 13 games in his entire career. Even though he only began feeling strong enough to return during the last few weeks of this season, he is expected to play in this weekend’s game. Bailey told the Boston Globe, “It’s been very frustrating — my most frustrating, probably because I’m living it right now. The only thing I care about now is I’m back on the field. I’m ready to go. I feel good, and that’s all that matters right now.”
Missing In Action: Unfortunately, the Broncos will be without starting cornerback Chris Harris, who is out with a torn ACL in his knee.
Seattle Seahawks Injuries: Wright & Willson
Linebacker K.J. Wright suffered a fractured foot in a December match-up against the San Francisco 49ers. The following week, he had surgery to repair it. After what his coach called “an incredible recovery,” K.J. Wright played in the championship game against San Francisco, with 2 combined tackles, 1 total and 1 assist, helping to lead the Seahawks to victory. He is also expected to play in the Super Bowl battle.
Tight-end Luke Willson suffered an ugly high ankle sprain in a December game against the Rams, but is also listed as “probable” for the Super Bowl. Fans were relieved that Willson hadn’t broken his leg, as was originally feared. “It was amazing what Luke did, the way he was able to bounce back, considering the severity of the injury,” said head coach Pete Carroll.
Our Prediction: A Super Bowl Free of Ankle & Foot Injuries
We hate to make any predictions, as both teams sound relatively healthy and ready to compete! NFL Sports says the Broncos opened as the “underdogs” but are now the “slight favorites.” The Seahawks have never been favorites — predicted as four-point underdogs in their meeting with Pittsburgh. We’ll see what happens! Just be careful walking from the car to the house with all your Super Bowl snacks. It’s still icy in the Northeast, with slip-and-fall patients still stopping by our office every week.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.