Matt, just a small thing, but xrays don't show tears. MRI's are what made Dx, plus physical exam. This is an extension injury, and I cannot imagine the force that those forearms produce once Justin has his rt hand on 1 DT, and lt hand on the other DTs chest. If you flex your arm and make a bicep muscle stand out, the triceps is used to extend and "push off" the DT's chest, face or forearm. Not knowing how bad the tear is, there is not much you can do to protect it. If justin tied one hand behind his back, he would still block 1 DT, but since he virtually always is doubled, he uses 1 hand per DT.The forces must be immense. At worst he could take on 1 DT with his good arm. Knowing justin , he will probably have the bad tricep in action on the 2nd DT also. No real way to protect this injury as it inserts into elbow at the btm of the humerus and originates up near posterior humeral head AND on the superior-posterior aspect of the clavicle. Wrapping would not do much, unless they put him in a full arm/shoulder cast and that would be one helluva club. Problem would be he couldn't raise arm much, so that wouldn't help. Justin with one good arm can keep out 1 DT. With bad tricep he could probably slow a 2nd DT down. He will need help from DT on side of bad arm. Whatever he does do, once he starts pushing and shoving, that torn triceps is going to feel like he has a hot iron poker on it.
As for recovery time, minor tears may repair themselves. Severe tears are fixed surgically and rehab is usually 4 mos. In Justin's case , I wouldn't expect a minor tear, considering the massive forces in play. To play will undoubtedly make the tear worse, perhhaps even complete. Then the push off a chest wouldn't happen. Just guessing, but I would be inclined to have justin take on 1 DT with good arm and have help with 2nd DT. Once the ball is snapped, guys doing stunts, etc, on the OL, Justin will probably not get much help, especially if other team knows he has only one good arm. Defensive coaching should be directed to protecting justin's bad arm and whereas a wrap won't help, it might make it feel a bit better. Whatever, each play for justin can't be as good as he was before injury. He still has the massive body and legs, but arms are key to a DT.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Dec 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM ]