When the report came back on Stephon Heyer’s injury saying “X-rays negative, eligible to return,” someone somewhere — probably on TV, although maybe just some guy in a bar — said “Wouldn’t that mean the X-rays were positive?” (Tony Kornheiser is fond of this particular non-humorous joke, I believe.)
The X-ray techs at FedExField sighed when I asked them about it before today’s game. “It means negative for fracture, of course,” says Jeff Marakovitz. “Which, yes, is positive,” adds Mike Calhoun.
The two techs — “there’s another guy who rotates with us, but we’re two of the regular guys” — work the X-ray room just inside the tunnel at FedExField for the Redskins and the visitors, and they come to Redskins Park two days a week as well.
“We get results in five minutes,” says Marakovitz. “We have a three minute processor, so that’s how long it takes to develop the X-rays.”
Both technicians are aware that for a fan, an ideal game for the X-ray techs involves both guys sitting in the X-ray room watching the game with nothing to do. “We’ve seen a lot of fractures, I guess,” says Calhoun, but they have no particular stories to share. I tell them that I hope it stays that way today, and they nod. “So do we,” says Marakovitz.