Hamstring Part 2: Purple Lining


A few days ago I painted a sad picture when it comes to hamstring ruptures in the NFL. Today I will try to redeem myself by sharing a hopeful message that Demond Bishop has a great chance to return to be the playmaking linebacker he once was.

According to Dr. J.R. Rudzki a Sports-Medicine Specialist who has worked with the St. Louis Rams and other Professional sports teams, says hamstring tendon avulsions haven’t been well studied with NFL players. However, Rudzki thinks research “suggests” patients have roughly 70 to 85 percent odds of being able to return to their desired level of sports activity.

The good news for Bishop is that the last time the Vikings took a chance on a player returning from a serious hamstring tear, they hit the jackpot. Kyle Rudolph was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft when some teams were questioning his durability after he ruptured his hamstring at Notre Dame.

After 2 seasons in the NFL, Rudolph is looking great and kicking ass. So, my message to Bishop and all Vikings fans is, if Rudy can come back to win ProBowl MVP honors… Surely, Desmond can have a successful return and make a run at defensive MVP.