In week 16, Raiders fans were euphoric as they dominated the Colts through three-quarters. They were the hottest team in the NFL, and Oakland looked poised to contend for their first Lombardi Trophy since Rich Gannon. However, after Derek Carr was injured, we were reminded again how much our hopes rest on the health and play the quarterback position. This article is intended to outline the demographic distributions of injury at the quarterback position from 2012 through 2016.
Before I can analyze the impact an injury may have on a quarterback’s production, it is important to understand how injuries are occurring within the position. In Table 1, you will see the frequency of injuries that had reported throughout the season. It is important to note this table does not look to control for “unique events” of injury but rather works to show the “injury report-weeks” for each player that occurred in our five-year window. For those interested, injury report-weeks is a standard measure in epidemiology used to incorporate time. Though it might not demonstrate unique events of injury, it does give us insight as to how long a player has dealt with injuries. In future studies, this data will be used in a way to predict the rates of each injury type by player position, provide a player specific estimation on recovery time, and to determine which injuries are most detrimental to a player’s production.
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