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Rodger Saffold Injury Might Also Be Called An MCL Tear, Apparently

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Me—well, when the St. Louis Rams tell me the latest Rodger Saffold injury is an MCL sprain, and surgery won't be necessary, I like to bury my head in the sand and accept it. But I was talking with Brandon Worley in the SB Nation Newsroom the other day (it's more a chatroom than a room-room, because we're like Web 3.5 by now) when he mentioned that a "third-degree MCL sprain," the kind Saffold has, is also known as an "MCL tear."

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There's more on that here, in which one PhysioRoom.com suggests that for third-degree sprains, in which "the ligament is completely ruptured, the treatment of choice is surgery to repair the structure."

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This is not to say that the Rams are covering anything up, or that Rodger Saffold is likely to miss more than the month initially forecast for him—only that I'm a paranoid man, and this information gave me the nervous idea that the Rams are just trying to keep Rodger Saffold from the bitter truth, like a latter-day Big Daddy Pollitt, and that his knee will actually be amputated later in the week after his injury is rediagnosed as a fifth-degree MCL sprain.