Monday Injury Rounds: Week 9

Making rounds on this week's injuries with followup on long term injury concerns

NOTE: This column is a living document. I'll be updating as needed after team press conferences, imaging reports, Monday Night Football injuries, etc. Major changes to the content will be noted in red. I'll also be retweeting any key pieces of news and my own reaction and analysis, so make sure you're following @JeneBramel and checking my timeline on Twitter throughout the week.

Scroll to the bottom of this article for a quick look table of the week's most pressing injury situations and a review of the skill position players on injured reserve / PUP / NFI.


INJURY ROUNDS

Spencer Ware | Concussion | Day-to-Day

Ware was diagnosed with a concussion on Sunday and will be in the return-to-play protocol this week. While we may get an update from Andy Reid earlier in the week, the Wednesday practice participation report will likely be our first indication of Ware's Week 9 status. 

Jacquizz Rodgers | Foot injury | Awaiting Information

There was only one television angle shown and the precise mechanism of injury was mostly lost in shadow. But there was a hint of a midfoot sprain mechanism as the play ended and the camera focused on the pile. It's too early for more than speculation but I'm hopeful we won't hear about MRI studies, specialist opinions, and the possibility of a multiple-week absence on Monday.

Monday Update: Jenna Laine is reporting this afternoon that Rodgers has a foot sprain and is in a walking boot. According to Laine, an MRI showed no fracture. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean Rodgers will not miss time. We're now on Dr. Robert Anderson watch. Hopefully, Rodgers won't need his opinion and any absence will be short term. But prepare for at least one missed game and possibly much more.

Jamaal Charles | Knee injury | Week-to-Week

Charles will reportedly travel to see Dr. James Andrews for a follow-up exam on his ongoing knee troubles. After resting more than a month into the regular season, Charles has managed just 14 touches on 27 snaps before recurrent knee swelling shelved him again. The swelling may be a sign of an underlying cartilage issue. If that's the case, Charles will need more rest (or surgery) and his season may be in jeopardy.

Will Fuller | Leg Injury | Awaiting Information

Fuller left the game with a leg injury and didn't return. The Texans didn't update Fuller's condition after the game and there was no obvious mechanism of injury on his final snaps of the day. Fuller has been on the injury report with a hamstring strain on two separate occasions this season and missed the Week 6 game. We'll find out whether it's an aggravation of that injury or a new condition later this week.

Others of note: Alex Smith (concussion, ear laceration) will enter the return-to-play protocol. Monday Update: The Chiefs are saying Smith did not suffer a concussion yesterday.


FOLLOWUP APPOINTMENTS

BEN ROETHLISBERGER | KNEE INJURY | WEEK-TO-WEEK | Target Week 9+

Adam Schefter tweeted Sunday morning that a source told him on Thursday that Roethlisberger was "no sure thing" for next week and could be "still a few weeks out." That would support reports soon after Roethlisberger's arthroscopic surgery suggesting his recovery could go 4-6 weeks due to associated cartilage findings. I still think Roethlisberger will try to play through his injury -- even if significantly limited -- in a divisional matchup against Baltimore this week. But Schefter's report is notable. The Steelers aren't likely to give us much information this week but they won't be able to hide Roethlisberger's practice participation.

LESEAN MCCOY | AGGRAVATED LEFT HAMSTRING STRAIN | WEEK-TO-WEEK

Foresight and hindsight argued the Bills should have rested McCoy last week after a midweek hamstring strain. An aggravation after halftime may have convinced McCoy to rest and he was inactive on Sunday after not practicing all week. McCoy and the Bills will now have to decide whether they're willing to risk another aggravation on Monday night in Week 9 or let McCoy rest another two full weeks through the team's Week 10 bye.

DOUG MARTIN | Aggravated HAMSTRING STRAIN | WEEK-TO-WEEK | TARGET WEEK 10

Martin has now missed two more weeks of practice after aggravating a hamstring strain early in Week 6. He missed more than three weeks between the initial injury and the aggravation and most players who miss multiple weeks of practice need at least a week of football-related conditioning before returning to play. There's an outside chance at a limited return this week -- especially if Rodgers' injury is significant -- but I think Week 10 is the earliest we'll see Martin return.

STEVE SMITH | HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN | WEEK-TO-WEEK | Target Week 9

Smith missed two weeks of practice before the Baltimore Week 8 bye. There was no report on Smith's progress through the bye week but it's likely he'll return to practice this week and possibly return to play four weeks after his high ankle sprain.

COREY COLEMAN | HAND FRACTURE | WEEK-TO-WEEK | TARGET WEEK 9

Coleman was cleared to return to football-related activity last week but not cleared to catch passes. He expected to be cleared this week and return to play. Expect an update from Hue Jackson on Monday. Coleman should have been able to remain in good condition while his hand healed and last week's limited work should have helped his timing. If he does return this week, he'll likely see his pre-injury workload.

SAMMIE COATES | LACERATED HAND / FRACTURED FINGER | WEEK-TO-WEEK

I may be making too much of Coates' injury but I'm not convinced he'll be ready to practice mid-week after aggravating his hand injury in Week 7. If Coates' laceration re-opened, it could well need 10-14 days to heal. If Coates isn't able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday, his availability for this week will be in question. Hopefully, it'll be proven to be a non-issue.

Ty Montgomery | Hematuria | Week-to-Week

The Packers listed Montgomery as limited with an illness all week and there was no obvious concern from the local media about his availability for Week 8. Montgomery was inactive, however, and it was later reported that his "illness" was a "kidney ailment" -- specifically blood in his urine after taking a hit last week. Presumably, imaging studies showed no serious injuries (bruise or laceration to the kidney) and the hematuria resolved quickly. I doubt the Green Bay medical staff would have cleared him for any football-related work in practice. Reports on Sunday implied there was no concern for a long term absence but watch developments closely here.

Monday Update: Montgomery's hematuria was reportedly due to sickle cell trait. There are multiple reasons why persons with sickle cell trait and disease can have blood in the urine, with some much more concerning than others. Thankfully, reports today suggest that the condition has resolved and Montgomery is preparing to play this week.


Quarterbacks Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ben Roethlisberger Left knee torn meniscus / Right knee contusion W6 No timetable given 3-6 Weeks (Target W9) Steelers have W8 bye
Tony Romo L1 compression fracture PS W3 6-10 Weeks 8-10 Wk (Target W8+)  
Cody Kessler Concussion W7 No timetable given Day-to-Day  
Running Backs Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
LeSean McCoy Aggravated left hamstring strain W7 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Spencer Ware Concussion W8 No timetable given Day-to-Day  
Jacquizz Rodgers Foot sprain W8 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Carlos Hyde Shoulder injury W6 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day 49ers have W8 bye
Doug Martin Aggravated right hamstring strain W2 / W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Tevin Coleman Hamstring strain W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jamaal Charles Knee swelling W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jerick McKinnon Ankle injury W7 No timetable given Awaiting Information  
Matt Jones Knee injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Thomas Rawls Fibula fracture W2 Week-to-Week Target W9+  
DeAngelo Williams Knee injury W6 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
James Starks Meniscus tear / surgery W6 No timetable given 3-4+ Weeks (Target W10+)  
Lance Dunbar Knee injury W4 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks (Target W8) Cowboys have W7 bye
Wide Receivers Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Antonio Brown Quad contusion W7 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Julio Jones Right leg injury W8 No timetable given Day-to-Day  
Corey Coleman Fractured hand W3 4-6 Weeks 4-6 Weeks (Target W7+)  
Steve Smith High ankle sprain W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Will Fuller Leg injury W8 No timetable given Awaiting Information  
Sammie Coates Lacerated hand / Fractured finger W5 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Eddie Royal Toe injury W6 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Ty Montgomery Hematuria W7 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Marquise Goodwin Concussion W7 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Markus Wheaton Aggravated shoulder injury W6 Week-to-Week Target W9 (post-bye)  
Tight Ends Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Dwayne Allen High ankle sprain W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jared Cook High ankle sprain W4 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks (Target W8)  
Jordan Cameron Concussion W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Notable Quarterbacks on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Teddy Bridgewater Left knee dislocation/ACL tear/+ Late August IR / 2017 9-12 Mo + (2017) Associated damage key
Brian Hoyer Forearm fracture W7 IR / 8+ Weeks 2017 Return  
Robert Griffin III Left AC sprain / Coracoid fracture W1 IR / 10-12 Weeks 2017 Return  
Geno Smith ACL tear W7 IR Out for Season  
Notable Running Backs on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Adrian Peterson Right knee meniscus tear / surgery W2 IR / 3-4 Months 2017 Return Eligible to return W10
C.J. Anderson Meniscus tear / surgery W7 IR / Month-to-Month 2017 Return Chance at NFL playoff return
Eddie Lacy Ankle sprain / surgery W6 IR / 8+ Weeks Chance of 2016 Return Eligible to return W14
Dion Lewis Left ACL tear / Arthroscope during rehab PS W4 PUP / Practicing W8 Return ~ W10 Now practicing
Ameer Abdullah Left foot sprain W2 IR / 8-10 Weeks 2017 Return Eligible to return W10
Danny Woodhead Right ACL tear W2 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Charles Sims Knee injury W4 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W12
Chris Johnson Core abdominal strain / surgery W4 IR Chance of 2016 Return Eligible to return W12
Shane Vereen Triceps tear W3 IR / 2 Months 2017 Return Eligible to return W13
Darren McFadden Right elbow fracture Early Jun 2015 NFI / 2-3 Months 2017 Return Eligible to return
Keith Marshall Left UCL sprain PS W3 IR / 3-4 Weeks 2017 Return Eligible to return
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Keenan Allen Right ACL tear W1 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Sammy Watkins Fifth metatarsal fracture W4 IR / Chance to return 2016 2017 Return Eligible to return W12
Eric Decker Rotator cuff strain / Labral tear W3 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Kevin White High ankle sprain / fibula fracture W4 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W12
Vincent Jackson ACL sprain W7 IR 2017 Return  
Josh Doctson Achilles tendinitis W7 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W15
Bruce Ellington Hamstring strain PS W3 IR / 2+ Months 2017 Return  
Notable Tight Ends on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ladarius Green Ankle surgery January PUP / Practicing W8 W9 Return Now practicing

I'll be updating this feature throughout the day. Footballguys Insiders will get a full update from Craig Zumsteg with additional fantasy perspectives on Wednesday and analysis of the week's game-time decisions early Sunday morning. Follow me on Twitter @JeneBramel for breaking injury news and analysis throughout the week.