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Falcons' Adrian Clayborn uses stem-cell treatment to recover

Vaughn McClure

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn, who underwent knee surgery Nov. 29 but will play Saturday against Carolina, utilized stem-cell treatment to help return to the field faster than anticipated.

Clayborn suffered a meniscus tear and a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He had the initial surgical procedure in New York to repair the meniscus damage. The surgery included platelet rich plasma injections -- also a form of stem-cell treatment -- which involves spinning the patient's own blood to separate the platelets and injecting them into the injured area.

Then last Monday, Clayborn flew to Arizona for the stem-cell injections. It was a 20-minute procedure that aims to regenerate the tissue and allow the knee to heal faster while preventing scar tissue. Stem cells are the body's raw materials, cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated.

"I just heard from a lot of different players that it's worth doing," Clayborn said. "It was just going there, getting the shots in the knee, and letting the shots do their work. The team fully supported it."

Clayborn, who missed the last three games after suffering the injury against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 27, returned to practice this week.

"From the moment I started running last week, nothing hurt," Clayborn said. "It was a little bit of awkwardness, but no pain or no nothing. And then this week, we started actually practicing. Last week I did some drills, but [Wednesday] was my first day really practicing and going against other people. I felt like myself."

Clayborn initially was expected to return for next week's season finale against New Orleans. However, the timetable shifted thanks to the surgery, the stem-cell injections and his loyalty to using his $24,000 hyperbaric recovery chamber.

"That was his goal all along was this game; ours was maybe the next one," coach Dan Quinn said. "He wasn't hearing that and really put the time in to get ready. His knee is strong. He feels great. And he looked terrific in practice. We're pumped to have him back."

Clayborn's return should help the Falcons put the heat on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who has struggled under pressure this season. Dwight Freeney was the only Falcon to sack Newton back in Week 4, a 48-33 Atlanta win.

Clayborn's 15 quarterback hits are tied for the team league along with Vic Beasley Jr. Clayborn has 4.5 sacks, second behind Beasley's 14.5, which also lead the league.

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Julio and Collins will also be playing against the Panthers:

Falcons' Julio Jones to play vs. Panthers

Vaughn McClure

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will play against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday after missing the last two games with a sprained toe, coach Dan Quinn said.

Jones, who suffered the injury in a Dec. 4 loss to Kansas City, returned to practice this week. Although he was limited on Wednesday, Jones hinted he was feeling good enough to play.

"I thought [Jones] looked great,'' Quinn said. "The last two days really has been building for where he can go and do his thing. The thing we wanted to check [is] could he do the cuts that he likes to do and the full speed, so it was great to see him to do that.''

The Falcons won both games without Jones in the lineup. He still leads the NFL with 1,253 receiving yards -- of which a franchise-record 300 came in a 48-33 win over Carolina in Week 3.

Quinn ruled out linebacker De'Vondre Campbell with a concussion and tight end Austin Hooper with a knee injury. Cornerback Jalen Collins and defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn will return from knee injuries.

The Falcons (9-5) can wrap up the NFC South title this week if they defeat the Panthers and if Tampa Bay loses at New Orleans.

 

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16 minutes ago, Falcon Ben said:

Just imagine where stem cell technology would be right now, if researchers hadn't had to worry about the opposition to it. 

That's not exactly the case. 

 

The main "opposition" to it was the reluctance on some lawmakers' parts to using taxpayer dollars to fund the harvesting of a certain strain of stem cells from aborted babies.   During all that "opposition", there was never any law or regulation preventing any stem cell researchers from doing every type of research they wanted to, as long as their employers could do it without seizing taxpayers' money.    Thank you.

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38 minutes ago, octoslash said:

That's not exactly the case. 

 

The main "opposition" to it was the reluctance on some lawmakers' parts to using taxpayer dollars to fund the harvesting of a certain strain of stem cells from aborted babies.   During all that "opposition", there was never any law or regulation preventing any stem cell researchers from doing every type of research they wanted to, as long as their employers could do it without seizing taxpayers' money.    Thank you.

But "seizing" 1.1 trillion in tax money a year on bombs to kill actual grown up, already been born humans = totes cool.

Thumbs up.

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1 hour ago, theProf said:

torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He had the initial surgical procedure in New York to repair the meniscus damage. The surgery included platelet rich plasma injections -- also a form of stem-cell treatment -- which involves spinning the patient's own blood to separate the platelets and injecting them into the injured area.

Then last Monday, Clayborn flew to Arizona for the stem-cell injections. It was a 20-minute procedure that aims to regenerate the tissue and allow the knee to heal faster while preventing scar tissue. Stem cells are the body's raw materials, cells from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated.

"I just heard from a lot of different players that it's worth doing," Clayborn said. "It was just going there, getting the shots in the knee, and letting the shots do their work. The team fully supported it."

Crazy.

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Just for those who aren't fully educated on the subject....Not all stem cell comes from destroying human embryo. For example my wife and I donated to stem cell research by using cells from the unbilical cords of both of our children. You can also get cells from bone marrow and even breast milk. So please let's not turn this into something w a political agenda. This is nothing but an awesome story

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13 minutes ago, knomercy said:

But "seizing" 1.1 trillion in tax money a year on bombs to kill actual grown up, already been born humans = totes cool.

Thumbs up.

Could you please provide a link or some evidence to this hyperbolic claim of yours? You could have said, printing, borrowing $80 billion per Month for the last 8 years and giving it to Wallstreet = totes Not Cool. 

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16 minutes ago, MoFalconsFan56 said:

Just for those who aren't fully educated on the subject....Not all stem cell comes from destroying human embryo. For example my wife and I donated to stem cell research by using cells from the unbilical cords of both of our children. You can also get cells from bone marrow and even breast milk. So please let's not turn this into something w a political agenda. This is nothing but an awesome story

In that case, shoot some of that stuff into Tru's shoulder and Julio's toe while were at it.

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40 minutes ago, dirtyhairy said:

Could you please provide a link or some evidence to this hyperbolic claim of yours? You could have said, printing, borrowing $80 billion per Month for the last 8 years and giving it to Wallstreet = totes Not Cool. 

Take that political bs off this forum. This is about our Atlanta Falcons

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1 hour ago, dirtyhairy said:

Could you please provide a link or some evidence to this hyperbolic claim of yours? You could have said, printing, borrowing $80 billion per Month for the last 8 years and giving it to Wallstreet = totes Not Cool. 

Looks lie we have a Donald Trump fan here.  Let's see how much more Wall Streeet gets under Trump.  Or how long it takes for WWIII to begin.

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