Cade McNown, Quarterback for the Chicago Bears
NAME: Cade McNown
TEAM: Chicago Bears
INJURY: Separated shoulder (left side)
OTHER ATHLETES AFFECTED
Many pro athletes have all sorts of banged up shoulders lately. Here is a
rundown on who is suffering specifically from a separated shoulder.
Right wing Jody Hull of the Philadelphia Flyers
Quarterback Rob Johnson of the Buffalo Bills
Running back Reuben Droughns of the Detroit Lions
Running back Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams
The 23-year-old McNown is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 208 pounds. This is
his second season with Chicago. He was drafted fifth overall, the highest
passer the Bears had drafted since Jim McMahon, 17 years ago. McNown spent his
first three years of secondary school at Benito High in Holliser, Calif. He
went all-conference in his sophomore and junior years, then played his senior
year at West Linn High School in Oregon. There, he also was a track star,
setting the school's pole vault record at 15 feet 2 inches. He headed to UCLA
for college ball, where he was selected for all-state and all-American as a
quarterback and as a safety.
HOW IT HAPPENED TO MCNOWN
On Oct. 22, four plays into the second quarter, McNown found himself trying
to evade the Eagles' defense at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. But before he
could slip out of bounds, Eagle linebacker Mike Caldwell brought him down hard,
slamming him to the fake turf, which is notoriously unforgiving. (The
Associated Press reports that the surface in Philadelphia has long been
regarded as the worst in the NFL. Some in Chicago have likened it to asphalt.)
McNown landed on his throwing shoulder, with the tackler's weight on him.
WHAT'S INVOLVED IN TREATING A SEPARATED SHOULDER
In a healthy shoulder, ligaments hold the collarbone and
shoulder blade together the way bungee cords hold luggage to the top of a
station wagon. Those connectors can tear, however, especially when the shoulder
takes a direct hit. Ligament damage allows the collarbone to come bulging off,
or separating, from the shoulder. This injury should not be confused with a
dislocated shoulder, where the top of the upper arm pops out of its socket.
In most instances, rest and wearing an arm sling is enough to
allow the injury to heal. Soon after the injury happens, ice is often used to
control swelling and ease pain. Patients then undergo exercises to regain the
motion in their shoulder. In severe cases, surgery is needed to repair the
damaged ligaments to put the joint back together again.