Monday Injury Rounds: Week 17

Detailing the injuries I'll be watching most closely this offseason

offseason injury storylines

Through 16 weeks, there are over 350 players currently on some form of injured reserve. While that sounds like a lot -- and it is a lot -- it's not that different from previous seasons. There were 365 players on injured reserve at some point in the 2014 season. Many of these are strictly procedural, but we'll head into this offseason with many critical players recovering from major injuries.

The table below will not be an exhaustive list of every skill position and major defensive injury, but it will serve as a checkpoint for key situations I'll be tracking closely throughout the offseason months. I've sprinkled in a few players (Andy Dalton, Julian Edelman, etc.) who may still return to play before the end of the NFL playoffs. With luck, we'll not be adding many more players to this table in the next six weeks.

offseason injury tracker

PLAYERINJURYDATE OF INJuryRECOVERYEXPECTATION
ANDREW LUCK KIDNEY LACERATION MID NOVEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK COULD RETURN W17; NO LONG TERM CONCERN
ANDY DALTON RIGHT THUMB FRACTURE MID DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK COULD RETURN IN PLAYOFFS
COLIN KAEPERNICK LABRAL SURGERY LEFT SHOULDER LATE NOVEMBER 4-6 MONTHS MAY NOT RETURN UNTIL CAMP; MAY NOT BE WITH 49ERS
DREW BREES RIGHT PLANTAR FASCIA TEAR LATE DECEMBER ONGOING LESS LIMITED THAN EXPECTED W/ ORTHOTIC IN W16
JOE FLACCO LEFT ACL/MCL TEAR EARLY DECEMBER 6-9 MONTHS EARLIEST REALISTIC RETURN IS TRAINING CAMP
MARCUS MARIOTA RIGHT MCL SPRAIN MID DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
PEYTON MANNING LEFT PLANTAR FASCIA TEAR MID NOVEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK COULD RETURN W17; LIKELY HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR PLAYOFFS
TONY ROMO LEFT CLAVICLE FRACTURE LATE NOVEMBER 8-10 WEEKS NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
         
ARIAN FOSTER RIGHT ACHILLES TEAR LATE OCTOBER 8-9 MONTHS COULD RETURN FOR CAMP; RE-CONDITIONING INJURY ALSO A CONCERN
CARLOS HYDE LEFT METATARSAL STRESS FRACTURE MID OCTOBER WEEK-TO-WEEK 49ERS WILL MONITOR PROGRESS; COULD REQUIRE SURGERY IF NOT HEALING
CHRIS JOHNSON FRACTURED TIBIA LATE NOVEMBER 6-10 WEEKS HOPING FOR RETURN DURING PLAYOFFS
DION LEWIS LEFT ACL TEAR EARLY NOVEMBER 6-9 MONTHS RETURN FOR TRAINING CAMP WILL BE GOAL
JAMAAL CHARLES RIGHT ACL TEAR MID OCTOBER 6-9 MONTHS GOOD CHANCE TO RETURN FOR TRAINING CAMP
JONATHAN STEWART LEFT FOOT SPRAIN MID DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK HAS YET TO PRACTICE SINCE INJURY; SPECIFICS UNKNOWN
JUSTIN FORSETT BROKEN RIGHT RADIUS/ULNA LATE NOVEMBER 10-12 WEEKS NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
LEGARRETTE BLOUNT LEFT HIP ??? MID DECEMBER MONTH-TO-MONTH PATRIOTS HAVEN'T UPDATED STATUS; UNKNOWN WHETHER SURGERY REQUIRED
LESEAN MCCOY RIGHT MCL SPRAIN LATE DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK UNLIKELY TO RETURN IN 2015 BUT NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
LEVEON BELL RIGHT MCL/PCL SPRAIN EARLY NOVEMBER 6-9 MONTHS COULD BE READY FOR TRAINING CAMP W/ SMOOTH RECOVERY
MARK INGRAM LEFT ROTATOR CUFF TEAR EARLY DECEMBER 5-6 MONTHS SHOULD BE READY FOR TRAINING CAMP
MARSHAWN LYNCH CORE ABDOMINAL SURGERY LATE NOVEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK OUTSIDE CHANCE TO SEE LIMITED W17 WORKLOAD
MELVIN GORDON LEFT KNEE CARTILAGE TEAR LATE DECEMBER MONTH-TO-MONTH DEPENDENT ON TYPE OF SURGERY BUT SHOULD BE READY FOR TRAINING CAMP
REGGIE BUSH LEFT KNEE SURGERY EARLY NOVEMBER 4-6 MONTHS EXTENT OF INJURY (LIGAMENT/CARTILAGE?) REMAINS UNCLEAR
THOMAS RAWLS LEFT FIBULA FRACTURE MID DECEMBER 10-12 WEEKS RETURN FOR OTA POSSIBLE; SHOULD BE READY WELL IN ADVANCE OF CAMP
TJ YELDON LEFT MCL SPRAIN MID DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK UNLIKELY TO RETURN IN 2015 BUT NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
         
BRESHAD PERRIMAN RIGHT PCL SPRAIN EARLY AUGUST WEEK-TO-WEEK NOT EXPECTED TO BE LIMITED DURING OTA AND MINICAMP
STEVE SMITH RIGHT ACHILLES TEAR EARLY NOVEMBER 8-9 MONTHS PLANS TO TRY TO RETURN; NOT LIKELY TO BE CLEARED UNTIL TRAINING CAMP
JULIAN EDELMAN LEFT FIFTH METATARSAL FRACTURE MID NOVEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK COULD RETURN FOR LIMITED DUTY IN W17; SHOULD RETURN DURING PLAYOFFS
KEENAN ALLEN KIDNEY LACERATION EARLY NOVEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
KELVIN BENJAMIN LEFT ACL TEAR MID AUGUST 6-9 MONTHS SHOULD BE CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP; POSSIBLY SOONER
KEVIN WHITE TIBIAL STRESS FRACTURE MID JUNE WEEK-TO-WEEK WILL LIKELY BE CLEARED FOR OTA WORKOUTS
DEZ BRYANT RIGHT FIFTH METATARSAL FRACTURE MID SEPTEMBER DAY-TO-DAY NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
VICTOR CRUZ CALF STRAINS/PATELLAR TENDON TEAR MID NOVEMBER MONTH-TO-MONTH STILL HAS TO PROVE HE'S FULLY RECOVERED FROM PATELLAR TENDON REPAIR
VINCENT JACKSON RIGHT MCL SPRAIN MID DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
ALSHON JEFFERY HAMSTRING STRAIN LATE DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK DOUBTFUL TO RETURN THIS SEASON; NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
JORDY NELSON RIGHT ACL TEAR LATE AUGUST 6-9 MONTHS SHOULD BE CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP; POSSIBLY SOONER
DANNY AMENDOLA LEFT KNEE SPRAIN LATE DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK MAY NOT RETURN UNTIL PLAYOFFS
DEVIN SMITH RIGHT ACL TEAR MID DECEMBER 6-9 MONTHS COULD BE CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP W/ VERY SMOOTH REHAB
         
JIMMY GRAHAM RIGHT PATELLAR TENDON TEAR LATE NOVEMBER 8-9 MONTHS MAY START 2016 TRAINING CAMP ON PUP LIST
DENNIS PITTA HIP FRACTURE/DISLOCATION(S) SEPTEMBER 2014 UNDETERMINED YET TO BE CLEARED FOR CONTACT; CAREER LIKELY OVER
TYLER EIFERT CONCUSSION MID DECEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK MAY NOT BE CLEARED TO RETURN UNTIL PLAYOFFS
         
TERRELL SUGGS LEFT ACHILLES TEAR MID SEPTEMBER 8-9 MONTHS GOOD CHANCE TO BE CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP
HENRY ANDERSON RIGHT ACL TEAR EARLY NOVEMBER 6-9 MONTHS COULD BE CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP W/ SMOOTH REHAB
DONTE FOWLER LEFT ACL TEAR LATE MAY 6-9 MONTHS EXPECTED TO BE CLEARED FOR OFFSEASON ACTIVITIES
JUSTIN HOUSTON PCL SPRAIN LATE NOVEMBER WEEK-TO-WEEK LIKELY TO BE HELD OUT UNTIL PLAYOFFS
CAMERON WAKE LEFT ACHILLES TEAR LATE OCTOBER 8-9 MONTHS COULD BE CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP W/ SMOOTH REHAB
TYRANN MATHIEU RIGHT ACL TEAR LATE DECEMBER 6-9 MONTHS COULD BE CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP W/ SMOOTH REHAB
JORDAN HICKS TORN PECTORAL MUSCLE EARLY NOVEMBER 4-6 MONTHS SHOULD BE READY FOR OFFSEASON ACTIVITIES
ROBERT QUINN BACK SURGERY EARLY DECEMBER 3-4 MONTHS LIKELY DISCECTOMY; SHOULD RETURN BEFORE CAMP IF SUCCESSFUL
ALEC OGLETREE FIBULA FRACTURE EARLY OCTOBER WEEK-TO-WEEK LIKELY WON'T PLAY IN W17; NO OFFSEASON LIMITATIONS EXPECTED
DEANDRE LEVY HIP IMPINGEMENT? MID OCTOBER MONTH-TO-MONTH SHOULD BE READY FOR OFFSEASON ACTIVITIES

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