Numerous reports emerged early in the week that Andre Johnson received what’s called Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) treatment on his injured hamstring.
More recent information, and seemingly well-informed speculation, is leading us to believe the procedure was surgical, and not PRP.
Dr. Kenneth R. First of the All American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute in Houston visited with SportsRadio610 this morning and speculated that Johnson received some form of surgical repair performed by Dallas Cowboys physician Daniel Cooper.
“Reports initially were that (Johnson) had an injection of platelet rich plasma, even John Clayton reported that on ESPN,” said First. “My sources tell me that is absolutely not what happened.”
The fact that Johnson traveled to Dallas Tuesday for the procedure fueled First’s speculation.
“The doctor that has the most aggressive experience with hamstrings is Daniel Cooper, the Cowboys physician, in Dallas at the Carrell Clinic,” said First. “He is the doctor that repaired Tommy Harris’ hamstring, and is the doctor that repaired the chronically torn hamstring of the (New York) Mets Jose Rios.”
It was reported yesterday that Johnson traveled to Dallas for the procedure.
“If (Andre) went to Dallas (he saw Cooper) and chances are that Dr. Cooper did a small surgical procedure that did not involve PRP, but rather something that involved a small local repair of the injured area.”
When pressed about Andre’s injury yesterday, Gary Kubiak said “I really don’t know. It’s my understanding it has something to do with the tendon. That’s all I know.”
Today after practice Kubiak called it surgery, not therapy or an injection.
When asked today how Johnson was doing, Kubiak said “he’s doing good. Ya’ll saw him. He’s out here today. It’s my understanding he’s a little sore coming out of the surgery, but very upbeat, knows exactly what he’s dealing with. Like I said, we’ll just keep our fingers crossed that we get there pretty quickly. Knowing him, he will.”
“If my assumption is correct, this is a very aggressive move to try and get (Andre) back a little bit quicker,” said First, who added that there’s really no way to know whether three weeks is an accurate timetable for his return, partially because there isn’t much data available on the type of procedure Andre allegedly underwent, and because every athlete’s recovery time is different.
Kubiak sounded optimistic but non-commital when asked today about Johnson’s recovery time.
“The way it was described to me is after about a week of getting in the rehab process, I’ll have a better idea of what we’re looking at,” said Kubiak. “The fact that everybody’s so positive, the doctors, trainers, everybody, makes me feel pretty good about it.”