Archives for September 25, 2006

Chris Sims’ Splenic Fracture

I got home from another day at the ED to this headline on CNN: NFL quarterback loses game, then spleen

First thought?  Wow, he signed a really bad contract.  The article cleared some things up:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms had his spleen removed after taking several hard hits in 26-24 loss to the Carolina - News and Scores from Sports IllustratedPanthers and was resting comfortably in a hospital Sunday night.

There was no immediate word on how long the fourth-year pro might be sidelined. The recuperation time for a normal person is four to six weeks, though it’s unclear how long it might take to heal enough to play football.

“Chris is doing well and we anticipate a full recovery,” team physician Dr. Joe Diaco said in a brief statement, adding the 26-year-old son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was in stable condition…

He took a good hit according to the article, and that might have been what did it (speculation). 

For those who wonder what a ruptured spleen might look like, here’s a CT illustration (mouse over for the text explanation (requires java)):


(this is NOT Chris Sims’ splenic CT; this is one with a better story I’ll tell someday).


To get an appreciation of what is involved in a laparoscopic splenectomy (I’m guessing that’s what he had, the article didn’t say, but it makes sense) here’s a demonstration.

A quick recovery to Chris Sims, and prayers for his family.