Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman is dealing with a cracked rib. It will take 4-6 weeks for the rib to fully heal, however, it is not displaced so there is no danger of it puncturing any organs. This will become a matter of pain management. Dr. Vernon B. Williams, the director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine in Los Angeles explained the situation. “The more common scenario is if there is pain associated with the rib fracture and that pain can limit a person from taking a deep breathe,” Williams aid. “If you are exerting yourself and you’ve got to take deep breathes, which most of us do, when we are exerting ourselves, the pain associated with the cracked rib can be difficult and kind of shorten your inspiration hellip; Oral medications, anti-inflammatory medications and pain medications can be helpful. There are now some topical agents that are sometimes used like a local anesthetic patch that can be applied over the skin in that area … We can turn the century nerve off for months at a time. You can get some really good pain control that way. It’s a very, very safe way of turning the nerve off that’s sending pain signals. That’s great because it doesn’t involve any medication and it can be very effective for a long period of time. It’s a way of pain control by therapy. It’s basically freezing the nerve so that it is unable to send pain signals … We’ll normally use a four-to-six week period for a complete healing of the rib. But a lot of the symptoms, the pain associated and limitations are normally going to improve in that two-to-four week period.”
FANTASY ANALYSIS: This sounds like very good news for Coleman. If he can be back within two weeks and be productive, he is in great shape. In the meanwhile Devonta Freeman will hold down the fort as the lead back. The two are really a very good one-two punch. Coleman is the early-down ball carrier and Freeman is the superior pass-catcher. Freeman should see an increase in production until Coleman returns. This is a situation to monitor closely if you own either back.