Category Archives: Achilles Tendon Rupture

Two More NFL Players Rupture Their Achilles Tendons During Preseason

As far as achilles tendon ruptures in the NFL go, this is now getting ridiculous since it is still only preseason.

Yet Another NFL Player Ruptures his Achilles Tendon

Late last year I wrote an important post on the increasing number of achilles tendon rupture injuries among NFL players.  This week yet another NFL player’s name was added to that ignominious list. Seahawks fullback Brandon Cottom tore his achilles tendon and will miss the 2016 season.  The surprising thing is that Cottom is only 23 years old.  Most athletes who rupture their achilles tendons are in their late 20s or older.

Duke Quarterback Thomas Sirk Ruptures his Left Achilles Tendon Three Years After Rupturing his Right one

In April 2013, Duke football quarterback Thomas Sirk ruptured his right achilles tendon at the very young age of 19.  Now comes news that he has ruptured his left achilles tendon at the age of 22.  It is quite unusual for people to rupture their achilles tendons before the age of 30.  In fact most everyday people seem to get the injury after the age of 35.  Professional athletes who suffer from this injury typically do so a bit sooner, usually anywhere from their late 20s to their late 30s.

So the case of Thomas Sirk is very unusual, especially since he got unlucky twice.  Similar to the case of Terell Suggs, although at a much earlier age.

In any event, Mr. Sirk’s surgery seem to have gone well per his Tweet from a few days ago: