Dr. Cliff Rios

Sports Medicine

Medical SchoolUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine 2000-2004MD ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut ...More School of Medicine 2004-2009, OrthopedicsFellowshipUHZ Sports Medicine Institute, Sports Medicine 2009-2010...Less

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Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski’s Concussion: Is it Really Time to Quit?

Rob Gronkowski, maybe the NFL’s most unpredictable player, did not deny a report he might be considering retirement after New England’s 41-33 loss to the underdog Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 4  in Super Bowl LII. Gronk being Gronk? Maybe a strategic move, at age 28, to entice a lucrative restructuring of...

Rob Gronkowski.

NFL Injury Report: Rob Gronkowski’s Concussion

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports medicine specialist from the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end. Injury: Concussion. How it happened: Gronkowski was hit by Jacksonville...

Close-up of football.

Tom Brady’s Shoulder Injury: What’s the Risk Against Titans?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Tom...

A runner's calves.

NFL Week 16 Injury Report: Partially Torn Calf Muscle (Antonio Brown)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Antonio...

Fracture at 3rd and 4th metacarpal bone

NFL Week 15 Injury Report: How Long to Recover From a Broken Hand?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Josh...

A meniscus tear repaired by surgery.

NFL Week 14 Injury Report: How a Torn Meniscus Can Change Your Life

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Kelvin...

Water bottles, aligned.

NFL Injury Report Week 12: What The Patriots Can Teach Us About Dehydration

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Players: Stephon...

A healthy Achilles.

NFL Week 11 Injury Report: Will Ruptured Achilles End Richard Sherman’s Career?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Richard...

Knee with scar.

NFL Week 10 Injury Report: A Medical Look At A Torn ACL (Texans QB Deshaun Watson)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Deshaun...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 9 Injury Report: Why Zach Miller’s Lower Left Leg Was Almost Amputated

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Zach...

Three-dimensional medical image of ulna bone in forearm.

NFL Week 8 Injury Report: Fractured Forearm (Carson Palmer)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Carson...

Dislocated ankle.

A Medical Look At Devastating Injury To Celtics’ Gordon Hayward

This special edition of our weekly injury report reviews Gordon Hayward’s devastating injury less than 7 minutes into his first regular-season game Oct. 17 with the Boston Celtics after signing a four-year, $128 million contract.  Sign up for our weekly NFL report (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”), which evaluates...

X-ray of broken collarbone.

NFL Week 7 Injury Report: What It’s Like To Break Your Collarbone (Aaron Rodgers)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback. Injury: Broken right collarbone (throwing shoulder). How it happened: Rodgers,...


NFL Week 6 Injury Report: What’s A Fractured Fibula? (Odell Beckham Jr.)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants receiver. Injury: Left ankle. Although the Giants did not release...


NFL Injury Report Week 5: What, Exactly, Is Turf Toe?

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.  Sign up for automatic delivery to your inbox (click here and scroll to “Free email newsletters”). Player: Matt...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 4 Injury Report: Andrew Luck (Shoulder)

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts quarterback. Injury: Torn labrum in right (throwing) shoulder. How it happened: Lot...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 3 Injury Profile: Rob Gronkowski (Groin)

Our weekly NFL report this season evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital’s sports orthopedic specialists. Player: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end. Injury: Groin. How it happened: Gronkowski appeared to suffer...

Close-up of football.

NFL Week 2 Injury Profile: Odell Beckham Jr. (High Ankle Sprain)

This is the first in a series of reports this NFL season that will evaluate injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by Hartford HealthCare’s sports orthopedic specialists. Player: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants receiver. Injury: Mild high ankle sprain. How it...