Kellen Moore will bounce back

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The Dallas Cowboys must be cursed! Backup quarterback Kellen Moore sustained what was reported to be a broken fibula in his right leg late Tuesday.

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There have been numerous reports by various outlets regarding Kellen Moore’s injury, but at this time it’s all speculation. No X-Ray results have been released. All anyone has to go on is a few words spoken by the Cowboys Owner, President and General manager, Jerry Jones. If Jones wasn’t “in the know” neither is anyone else.

There have been numerous speculative reports released with a timetable of anywhere from months to the entire season. Reserve quarterback Jameil Showers had a front row seat to the injury and was the only eye witness report we were able to find. Per an article on Sports Day.

“It’s just unfortunate,” Showers said. “The d-line pushed the o-lineman right into him as he was throwing. I wasn’t sure if it was his knee or his ankle, but it didn’t look too good. He’s a pretty tough guy. He’s never hurt.”

Showers said Moore has made an impression on him during their time together in Dallas.

“Smart guy,” he said. “One of the smartest football players I’ve ever been around. He’s actually helped me a lot. Protections, I definitely struggled with protections last season. Any questions I had he answered them for me. Great guy.”

Dak Prescott on the other hand, is swarming like a starving vulture looking to pounce on the #2 quarterback spot. Too bad for him that he is in no way ready to play under center in a pro-style offense. In my mind, Jameil Showers is better prepared to fill the void having had a year in the system and taking the time to learn all he can from Kellen Moore. Per an article on the Cowboys’ official website Jason Witten said:

“Your heart hurts for him because he just works really hard,” tight end Jason Witten said of Moore. “He’s constantly taking notes, he’s studying, he’s communicating. And at that position, I’ve seen it with Tony for a long time as we came in. You never know when your break is going to happen. He’ll continue to fight. That’s who he’s been his whole life. He’ll bounce back, I’m sure.”

Kellen Moore started 53 consecutive games at Boise Sate, never missing a game. He is tough and the definition of durable. There must be some kind of curse on the Cowboys. What are the odds of a guy who never sustained an injury getting injured by one of his own teammates?. If you ask me: any guard getting pushed all the way back in to the quarterback needs to be on a bus.

I agree with Witten, Moore will bounce back.  The fact Jason Witten compared him to Tony Romo should give us all a strong boost of confidence after what we endured under Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden last year.

Jameil Showers has adopted him as a mentor for a reason. The main reason so many quarterbacks fail at the NFL level is because they don’t understand NFL protections and  are unable to make the right calls at the line or the proper reads when passing..

Understanding Kellen Moore’s injury:

We have no way of knowing if the Cowboys will look to sign a veteran backup at this time. Until some official reports are released  as to the severity of the injury, there is no reason for any of us to speculate. However, I have had some experience with a similar injury and can elaborate on it a bit. I have also done extensive research on the subject.

Kellen Moore ankle injury

Three bones make up the ankle joint:

  • Tibia – shinbone
  • Fibula – smaller bone of the lower leg
  • Talus – a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the tibia and fibula

There have been reports it was his fibula that was fractured. If that is indeed the case, that’s good news for Kellen Moore if it was above the Lateral Malleolous.

Doctors classify ankle fractures according to the area of bone that is broken. For example, a fracture at the end of the fibula is called a lateral malleolus fracture, or if both the tibia and fibula are broken, it is called a bimalleolar fracture.

Two joints are involved in ankle fractures:

  • Ankle joint – where the tibia, fibula, and talus meet
  • Syndesmosis joint – the joint between the tibia and fibula, which is held together by ligaments

Multiple ligaments help make the ankle joint stable.

Doctor Examination


Medical History and Physical Examination

After discussing his medical history, symptoms, and how the injury occurred, his doctor will do a careful examination of his leg, ankle, foot, and lower leg.

Imaging Tests

If his doctor suspects an ankle fracture, he or she will order additional tests to provide more information about his injury.

X-rays. X-rays are the most common and widely available diagnostic imaging technique. X-rays can show if the bone is broken and whether there is displacement (the gap between broken bones). They can also show how many pieces of broken bone there are. X-rays may be taken of the leg, ankle, and foot to make sure nothing else is injured.

Stress test. Depending on the type of ankle fracture, the doctor may put pressure on the ankle and take a special x-ray, called a stress test. This x-ray is done to see if certain ankle fractures require surgery.

Computed tomography (CT) scan. This type of scan can create a cross-section image of the ankle and is sometimes done to further evaluate the ankle injury. It is especially useful when the fracture extends into the ankle joint.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. These tests provide high resolution images of both bones and soft tissues, like ligaments. For some ankle fractures, an MRI scan may be done to evaluate the ankle ligaments.

Treatment: Lateral Malleolus Fracture

A lateral malleolus fracture is a fracture of the fibula.

There are different levels at which that the fibula can be fractured. The level of the fracture may direct the treatment.

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Nonsurgical Treatment

He may not require surgery if his ankle is stable, meaning the broken bone is not out of place or just barely out of place. A stress x-ray may be done to see if the ankle is stable. The type of treatment required may also be based on where the bone is broken.

Several different methods are used for protecting the fracture while it heals. ranging from a high-top tennis shoe to a short leg cast. Some physicians let patients put weight on their leg right away, while others have them wait for 6 weeks.

He will see his physician regularly to repeat his ankle x-rays to make sure the fragments of his fracture have not moved out of place during the healing process.

Surgical Treatment

If the fracture is out of place or his ankle is unstable, his fracture may be treated with surgery. During this type of procedure, the bone fragments are first repositioned (reduced) into their normal alignment. They are held together with special screws and metal plates attached to the outer surface of the bone. In some cases, a screw or rod inside the bone may be used to keep the bone fragments together while they heal.


Because there is such a wide range of injuries, there is also a wide range of how people heal after their injury. It takes at least 6 weeks for the broken bones to heal. It may take longer for the involved ligaments and tendons to heal.

As mentioned above, Kellen Moore’s doctor will most likely monitor the bone healing with repeated x-rays. This is typically done more often during the first 6 weeks if surgery is not chosen.


Rehabilitation is very important regardless of how an ankle fracture is treated.

When his physician allows him to start moving his ankle, physical therapy and home exercise programs are very important. Doing exercises regularly is key.

Eventually, he will also start doing strengthening exercises. It may take several months for the muscles around his ankle to get strong enough for him to walk without a limp and to return  regular activities.


Moore’s specific fracture determines when he can start putting weight on his ankle. His physician will allow him to start putting weight on the ankle when he or she feels his injury is stable enough to do so.

It is very important to not put weight on the ankle until the physician says he can. If he put’s weight on the injured ankle too early, the fracture fragments may move or his surgery may fail and he may have to start over.


It is very common to have several different kinds of things to wear on the injured ankle, depending on the injury.

Initially, most ankle fractures are placed in a splint to protect the ankle and allow for the swelling to go down. After that, he may be put into a cast or removable brace.

Even after the fracture has healed, his physician may recommend wearing an ankle brace for several months while he is doing sporting activities.

The good news is, unlike receivers, running backs and defensive backs, quarterbacks don’t need to plant their foot to make cuts or do a lot of jumping or running. This enables them to get back on the field sooner with some type of support brace on the ankle. On average, the average Joe will be back to work within 6-8 weeks. Typically, providing there is no ligament damage, a professional quarterback should be back on the field within three months.

Training camp just started which means there is approximately 2 months worth of camp left. The Cowboys first regular season game vs the Giants isn’t until September 11 (8 weeks away . More than likely, Kellen Moore will be able to start throwing in drills by week one of the regular season. I say this with confidence because NFL players have access to the best orthopedic doctors and rehab specialists in the world.

Unlike average Joe’s like you and I, they get daily rehab treatments and tend to heal at a faster rate. So hey, don’t panic! Kellen Moore will bounce back. Unless Tony Romo gets hurt week one or two, the Cowboys have absolutely nothing to worry about.

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  • Lionone1

    That was very informative ty. I hope it’s only 6 weeks or so. Don’t want to sign anymore veteran scrubs.

    • Yes it was very informative. The bone will heal in 6 weeks, but he will need at least 2 weeks of rehab before he can play football. In many cases a sprain is worse than a break. As long as he has no ligament damage he will be fine.

      • BigDIndiana

        Heard 3 to 4 months on the site today. Might have been Steven Jones interview but don’t think it was from his mouth. Hope that’s just errant guessing. If true Foles will probably be signed tomorrow. If its a run of the mill break I would rather run with the 2 young guys. Take my chances Romo stays healthy first part of the year and the other 2 need the snaps.

        • Al

          Jerry said they don’t need a backup right away because Moore will step in when he comes back.

          • BigDIndiana

            Glad they didn’t trade a player or pic for a backup. Interesting what the doctors will give on a return time. Even if our youngsters have to play they can’t do any worse than the 2 scrubs we had last year.

          • Al

            As long as Romo stays healthy until at least week 4, Moore will be fine.

          • Al

            Cas just raised the idea of bringing Tanney back in her new article. There would be no objections from me.

          • Al

            Cas just raised the idea of bringing Tanney back in her new article. There would be no objections from me.

        • Al

          No one can give an exact date before he even had the surgery. There is no ligament damage which is a good thing. I stand pat in my assessment that we will be able to participate in throwing drills by week one and able to return to padded practice within 3 months of the surgery. If anything, suregrey speeds up the healing process. It takes longer when the bones have to fuse together on their own without screws and pins holding them tight together.

    • Al

      You’re welcome. He has the worst injury I covered in this article so the timetable increased by a few weeks, but I still believe he can be throwing in drills by week 1 or 2 and ready to play in pads in 12 weeks.

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    Thx Al for the informative article. As of right now, Nick at the mother ship reported it was a multiple fractures. His fibula and part of the tibula. He’s going in to surgery today in Dallas. He will bounce back but when we just don’t know. I hope he’s a quick healer and come back in the second half of the season. I’m still bummed out as we speak. This is such a golden opportunity for Kellen to go through a fully participated training camp and be on his way. Showers has improved but i question his vision. He just doesn’t have that quick read but hope he improves in that area.

    • Al

      You’re welcome bro. I’m not a Foles fan at all. Glad he went to KC

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        I’m so glad he signs with the Chiefs lol. I’m not crazy about the guy either. God speed for our boy Kellen.

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        I’m so glad he signs with the Chiefs lol. I’m not crazy about the guy either. God speed for our boy Kellen.

      • BigDIndiana


    • BigDIndiana

      Watching Showers last year he looked like a mostly running QB. Apparently improved a bunch as I think it was Broadus that said he had the best OTA of the QBs … of anybody not named Romo. Threw a 30 yard strike to Escobar today for a TD. His progress may be another reason they didn’t go after another QB.

  • BigDIndiana

    Dak swarming like a starving vulture?

    • Al

      He’s got a cocky attitude and there is something about him I don’t trust.Witt and showers showed legitimate concern for their teammate and Dak was trying not to crack a smile while acting like he is concerned.

      • BigDIndiana

        easy big guy LOL my sisters boy graduated with him and says he is a good Christian dude.

        • Al

          Good Christian dudes don’t drink and drive lol.I saw all of the interviews I don’t like his atiitude at all. Again I will say he is cocky. I will also say he is not Romo’s heir nor will he ever be. Career backup at best.

  • BigDIndiana

    Dak swarming like a starving vulture?

  • californy

    Kansas City Chiefs sign Nick Foles to be their backup QB, FYI

    • BigDIndiana

      Don’t blame him for opportunity standpoint. Hope they don’t trade anything for a stopgap. I would take the best still out there so you could release without giving up a pick or player….which would probably be Vick.

    • Al

      good he is a bum

    • Al

      good he is a bum