Im no expert, but i was told that if they pinned the knee, you heal faster, not requiring a pin only makes it less likely he comes back sooner. I personally was within a millimeter of needing a pin.Hes now waiting for bone to reheal, so it doesnt continue to shift. I disagree with the article completely. As far as not releasing this sooner, my fracture wasnt seen on the initial xrays. My follow up appt, caught it. The dr had me lay down on a bed. He then yanked my knee to the side. He said i think you have a tibial plateau fracture. I asked why they didnt catch it. He said" because of the placement of this you need to have an xray without weight on the knee. So the second xray caught it, while i was laying down.(i obviously didnt heal as fast as an athlete, nor did i have the care he will have, but best case scenario i see is putting him in your IR until playoffs. that seems wishful to me though.