David Chao, MD AKA Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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ProFootballDoc: The Pandemic Is Real But The NFL Excuses Are Not

The explanations for the latest NFL and NFLPA actions just don’t hold water. I would prefer the league come out and say that they want to find a way to have everyone vaccinated and the players to just say we liked last season’s virtual offseason program. Instead, each side uses COVID-related safety precautions to justify More

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ProFootballDoc: Brady And Buccaneers Poised To Repeat

Tom Brady is one of a kind and now the Tampa Bay team is doing unprecedented things. All 22 Super Bowl Champion starters are slated to return through contract restructuring, new contracts and the franchise tag. This has not happened in the salary cap era. When you win, it makes it harder to repeat as More

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ProFootballDoc: We Told You About Jared Goff And Jimmy Garoppolo

In a January OutKick ProFootballDoc podcast entitled “Hiding Behind Health” (episode 63), we predicted that Jared Goff had fallen out of favor with the Rams. The offseason trade to the Lions for Matthew Stafford then happened. In that same piece, we analyzed the Jimmy Garoppolo high ankle sprain and opined that the 49ers were no longer More

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ProFootballDoc: The Untold Drew Brees Shoulder Story

With the retirement of Drew Brees, this is the perfect time to finally tell the untold story of the most important shoulder injury that he ever overcame. No, it wasn’t the right shoulder dislocation that ended his career with the Chargers in 2005. It was an injury to his left shoulder in 2004, and without Brees’ toughness, we might never have seen the Hall of Fame career. Any public revelation of injury requires permission, and I am thankful that Brees texted me back this weekend and allowed me to tell this previously untold story. It is a fitting tribute to his career. I have recently tried to give a different and personal perspective about the real Philip Rivers upon his retirement and another side of Marty Ball with the recent passing of Coach Marty Schottenheimer. Now here is the story of how we almost never got to see Brees’ greatness. The Chargers held the first pick in the 2001 NFL draft, and we needed a quarterback as the aging (and ageless) Doug Flutie was the starter. The Falcons traded up to select Michael Vick. I was in the San Diego war room as we used Atlanta’s pick at No. 5 to draft […]

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ProFootballDoc: OBJ Agrees With ACL Recovery Assessment

Twitter can become polarizing, but positive interactions can be had and it is still a great connector. On Twitter, I replied to followers asking for video analysis of the Odell Beckham Jr. ACL rehab progress. OBJ, the man himself, responded and agreed with my statement for the most part. He looks great for four months More

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ProFootballDoc: Did Cowboys overpay for an injured player again?

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have agreed to a huge new deal. With Prescott coming off an ankle fracture dislocation and two surgeries, was this smart? Has Jerry Jones overpaid again? It wouldn’t be the first time he paid an unnecessary premium on a player coming off injury.  During the Week 5 game in More

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