Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 3

Andrew Luck at the crossroads, speculation on key injuries to Ryan Kelly and Cordy Glenn, an update on Teddy Bridgewater, and more

For the rest of the preseason, I'll have a Monday article updating the injury status of players around the league with quick-hitting articles during the week on any major injury stories that occur.

FOLLOWUP APPOINTMENTS

Andrew Luck | Right shoulder labrum repair | January 2017 | Week-to-WEek

There were no new quotes from Andrew Luck, Chris Ballard, Chuck Pagano, and Jim Irsay this week. That's not surprising. We're now three weeks from the Colts' regular season opener. Luck remains on the PUP list and has yet to be seen on the sidelines throwing. There's nothing new to add. The Colts are gathering information and getting closer and closer to knowing exactly where Luck will stand for Week 1.

I think this is the week the Colts have targeted all along. In order to Luck to reasonably have a chance to play effectively in Week 1, I believe he needs to -- at minimum -- be throwing routes to his receivers on the sideline. The Colts could then activate him off the PUP list prior to the last preseason game, decide whether or not to expose him to contact in team drills in advance of Week 1, and then allow him to go through something resembling his usual week of practice leading into Week 1.

If Luck isn't cleared for non-contact 7-on-7 soon, it's hard to believe the team will accelerate his rehab process over the last 7-10 days of the preseason and put him in live game action in Week 1.

I still don't believe Luck will start the season on the PUP list. If that happens, something didn't go as planned in the throwing phase of his rehab. And I still believe we'll see Luck work his way through some early inconsistency as he builds arm strength, stamina, and accuracy. But we are now at the inflection point for his Week 1 availability.

JORDAN REED | TOE INJURY | WEEK-TO-WEEK

Reed improved enough in individual drills after gaining comfort in his custom orthotic to come off the PUP list on Sunday. It's a positive sign after weeks of uncertainty.

Reed has yet to prove he can practice and play through a chronic toe condition -- one that he told reporters was a fracture in his foot last week. I believe Reed's injury is suspicious for an injury to the sesamoid bone(s) of his foot. Here is my detailed speculation on that last week. While Reed is hopeful he'll not have a setback, it's an injury that could flare up at any point. Reed also needs to get through the next 7-10 days of practice without a conditioning injury. Watch his progress closely this week.

Ryan Kelly | Foot injury | Preseason Week 2 | 6-8 Weeks

After a brief period of rest last week, Kelly elected to have surgery on his injured foot. According to Adam Schefter, the initial return estimate is 6-8 weeks, with Ian Rapoport reporting Kelly will likely be placed on injured reserve with the Colts intending to use the return to play designation. If that happens, Kelly will have at least eight weeks of recovery time before practicing, with 10-12 weeks of recovery before returning to game play.

The reporting on Kelly's injury is interesting. Initially, Tom Pelissero was specific in reporting "no fracture" for Kelly. Schefter reported the injury as a bone defect in his tweet about Kelly's surgery, with Rapoport reporting the surgery was to repair a bone in his foot. George Bremer noted that the Colts initially believed the injury was similar to an injury Kelly suffered in college and would heal with time.

I can't find any record of a foot injury Kelly suffered at Alabama. Though it's possible Kelly's surgery was to fix a fifth metatarsal injury, it would be odd for a fifth metatarsal fracture to not be seen on an X-ray with a week of debate/rest before fixation. I'm wondering if Schefter's report of a bone defect hints at a different bone or a cartilage related defect that could suggest a longer term issue for Kelly. That's my speculation of course. Whether the procedure was a fifth metatarsal repair or to address a different defect, the return to play estimate of 6-8 weeks is on the optimistic side, with the 8-12 week timetable that would come with an injured reserve designation more easily attainable.

I'll keep digging on Kelly.

Leonard Fournette | Foot injury | Early preseason | Week-to-Week

Fournette was asked last week whether his injury was related to the high ankle sprains he struggled to play through at LSU. He told reporters it was not, saying, "I've never had a foot or toe injury or anything like that." The inclusion of "toe" in that reply suggests Fournette's foot injury is toward the front of his foot. It's too early to speculate whether his injury is around the big toe or not but it's suspicious. Fournette also told reporters he was "confident" he'd ready for Week 1 and said he was frustrated he couldn't practice.

Toe injuries are troublesome for running backs. You can look at Fournette's slow return to practice both optimistically and pessimistically. Taking time to rest and rehab likely limits the chance of aggravation and a lingering early season injury. But it also underlines the concern for these injuries in running backs. Hopefully, Fournette is cleared for contact this week and successfully navigates the reconditioning phase of his return without an aggravation.

Cordy Glenn | Foot injury | Week-to-Week

Glenn briefly returned to practice last week before heading back to Dr. Robert Anderson for another evaluation of his injured foot. While there, Glenn received an injection in the foot. The treatment is hoped to "knock out" Glenn's symptoms, according to head coach Sean McDermott. While the Bills haven't released any specifics, a lingering foot injury allowing intermittent practice followed by an injection to treat symptoms suggests Glenn is fighting plantar fasciitis. Dr. Anderson is among many proponents of using platelet-rich plasma as a method of stimulating healing for plantar fascia problems. Glenn is said to be week-to-week and has a chance to be ready to practice for Week 1. If the treatment isn't successful, Glenn will likely be forced to battle the injury all season long and could eventually choose a surgical option.

Joe Flacco | Disc herniation | Week-to-Week

We're now four weeks into the preseason and Flacco still isn't practicing. The Ravens may be trying to avoid labeling Flacco with a herniated disc and camouflaging his injury in the "stiffness and soreness" category but his absence has always been suggestive of a herniated disc. Baltimore continues to maintain that Flacco will return to practice before the end of the preseason and play in Week 1. It would be reassuring to see him throwing routes soon but not a deal-breaker.

Teddy Bridgewater | Left knee dislocation / Multi-ligament repair | August 2016 | Month-to-Month

Bridgewater is doing more and more individual work over the past two weeks. But he's still not been cleared for contact and the team has shown no signs of activating him off their PUP list. Mike Zimmer won't speculate on whether Bridgewater might be available during the 2017 season.

From Tom Pelissero's in-depth notes last week:

"I really couldn't tell you. I'm hopeful that he is," Zimmer told me. "The kid's working his rear end off. But I don't know if it's three weeks from now or a year from now. He has to finish this last little jump that he's got to go. I've asked the same question you have to the trainers, to doctors -- it's really the same answer. No one is for sure."

What is that last jump?

"It's being able to play the game athletically," Zimmer said. "I'm sure if we were throwing 7-on-7, he could do it all day long. But it's not playing the game. So ... the doctors and the medical people are not going to put him on the field until he can be able to go out there, protect himself and do all the things that he needs to do."

The escalation in individual work is the first step in answering whether he's physically and mentally able to handle contact in the pocket at live game speed. The Vikings won't rush Bridgewater into their backup role. It's looking more and more like midseason will be Bridgewater's earliest chance to return to the active roster.

Others of note: Demarco Murray (hamstring strain) returned to practice but was held out of the second preseason game. Devonta Freeman (concussion) has yet to be cleared for contact but there are no indications of a prolonged absence. Eric Ebron (hamstring strain) missed practice all last week and there should be concern for an aggravation of his previous strain. Jordan Matthews (sternum fracture) is back doing limited work and expects to be cleared to play in Week 1. Josh Doctson (hamstring strain) returned to play in the second preseason game. Paul Richardson (AC sprain) returned to practice but was held out of the second preseason game. Curtis Samuel (hamstring strain) returned to individual drills last week. Zachary Orr (cervical spine malformation, herniated disc) retired after multiple NFL teams would not clear him for contact.


INJURY ROUNDS

Ty Montgomery | lower leg injury | Preseason Week 2 | week-to-Week

Montgomery reportedly has a lower leg injury. The Packers have not discussed specifics. Montgomery is known to have sickle cell trait, raising concerns whether his injury may prove as difficult to recover from as John Brown's quadriceps strain. The short answer is -- it's possible but unlikely. I'll have a long and detailed answer in an article this week on fantasy draft recommendations which will include thoughts on players with sickle cell trait. For now, there are no indications Montgomery's injury is a long term issue. But we've seen many Packers' players with soft tissue injuries quietly have recovery periods which drag on longer than expected. I'll be watching Montgomery closely this week.

Others of note: Jordan Howard has a scratched cornea and should return to practice this week. Thomas Rawls has a "minor" ankle injury and isn't expected to miss extended time. Rico Geathers is in the concussion protocol. Kareem Hunt "tweaked" an ankle and is expected to return quickly. Ryan Mathews was waived and has yet to sign with a new team.


INJURED PLAYERS ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Quarterbacks Injured But on the Active Roster
Quarterback Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Andrew Luck Right shoulder labrum repair Mid January Active - PUP Week-to-Week | Week 1 Return Throwing phase of rehab
Cam Newton Right rotator cuff repair / soreness  PS W1 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Workload to increase this week 
Joe Flacco Disc herniation Offseason Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Team still says will practice before Week 1
Teddy Bridgewater Left knee dislocation / Multi-ligament repair August 2016 Active - PUP Month-to-Month Likely to remain on PUP to start season
Running Backs Injured But on the Active Roster
Running Back Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Demarco Murray Hamstring strain PS W1 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Practicing but held out of second PS game 
Devonta Freeman Concussion PS W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jordan Howard Corneal abrasion PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Non-issue, will be ready W1
Leonard Fournette Foot injury Early August Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Expects to be ready W1 
Ty Montgomery Lower leg injury PS W2 No information Week-to-Week  
Thomas Rawls Ankle injury PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Described as minor
Matt Forte Hamstring strain Early August No information Week-to-Week Still not cleared for practice
Mike Gillislee Hamstring strain Preseason No information Week-to-Week Yet to be cleared for contact
Kareem Hunt Ankle injury PS W3 No concern Day-to-Day  
T.J. Yeldon Hamstring strain PS W3 No information Week-to-Week  
Kenneth Dixon Meniscus repair Late July Out for season 4-6 Months | 2017 return Likely IR soon
Devontae Booker Wrist fracture fixation Late July 6-8 Weeks 6-8 Weeks | Early season return  
Ryan Mathews Cervical disc herniation Late December Passed physical / waived Day-to-Day Free agent
Lance Dunbar Complications Oct 2015 knee injury   Active - PUP Week-to-Week "No resolution in near future"
Wide Receivers Injured But on the Active Roster
Wide Receiver Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Corey Davis Hamstring strain PS W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jordan Matthews Sternum fracture PS W2 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks Expects to be ready in Week 1
Will Fuller Clavicle fracture PS W1 8-12 Weeks 8-10+ Weeks  
Mike Williams Disc herniation | Multiple steroid injections May | July Active - PUP 6+ Weeks Progressing in rehab
John Brown Quad strain Late July  Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Returned to individual drills
Quincy Enunwa Neck injury PS W1 Out for Season 2018 Return  
Malcolm Mitchell Knee soreness Early preseason No information given Week-to-Week  
Breshad Perriman Hamstring strain Early preseason Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Markus Wheaton Finger fracture PS W2 No timetable given 3-4 Weeks  
Marqise Lee Right high ankle sprain  PS W2 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks  
Sammie Coates Arthroscopic knee surgery  Late July 3-4 Weeks 3-6 Weeks Removed from PUP list
Tavon Austin Hamstring strain Early preseason Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
JuJu Smith-Schuster Knee contusion PS W2 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Carlos Henderson Thumb surgery PS W2 No timetable given 4-6 Weeks  
Tight Ends Injured But on the Active Roster
Tight End Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jordan Reed Foot fracture Unknown Activated off PUP Day-to-Day Now has custom orthotic
Eric Ebron Hamstring strain Late July No practice last week Day-to-Day Possible aggravation
Julius Thomas Back injury PS W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day May be related to prior injuries
Erik Swoope Arthroscopic knee surgery PS W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Rico Geathers Concussion PS W3 In protocol Week-to-Week  
Offensive Line Injured But on the Active Roster
Offensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Cordy Glenn Foot injury Chronic Week-to-Week Week-to-Week PRP injection for plantar fasciitis? 
Taylor Decker Shoulder labrum repair Early June Active - PUP 5-6 Months  
Terron Armstead Shoulder labrum repair June Active - PUP 5-6 Months  
Ryan Kelly Foot injury / surgery PS W3 Month-to-Month Month-to-Month Possible IR w/ designation to return
Max Unger Lisfranc repair Early May Activated off PUP Week-to-Week Well ahead of expected rehab
Joel Bitonio Knee injury PS W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Hopeful for Week 1 
Demar Dotson Groin strain PS W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Kyle Long Ankle surgery / complications November 2016 Limited practice Day-to-Day Team now unsure about Week 1
Ted Larsen Biceps injury PS W1 Likely IR Month-to-Month Possible return designation
George Fant ACL tear / likely multi-ligament injury PS W3 Out for season Out for season 2018 Return
Alex Lewis Shoulder labral tear PS W2 Out for season 4-6 Months 2018 Return
Josh Garnett Arthroscopic knee surgery Early August Week 1 Return Minimum 3-4 Weeks  
Forrest Lamp ACL tear Early August   Out for season  
Nico Siragusa Knee dislocation | ACL/MCL/PCL tear Early August   Out for season  
Defensive Players Injured But on the Active Roster
Edge Players Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ezekiel Ansah Undisclosed   Active - PUP Day-to-Day No update from team last week
Pernell McPhee Undisclosed knee   Active - PUP Awaiting information  
Tamba Hali Undisclosed   Active - PUP Awaiting information  
Shane Ray Wrist ligament repair Late July 6-8 Weeks 6-8 Weeks  
Derek Rivers ACL / LCL tear PS W3 Out for season  9-12 Months  
Defensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
DeForest Buckner Ankle sprain Early preseason Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Derek Wolfe Ankle sprain PS W2 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Danny Shelton Knee injury PS W3 3-6 Weeks Week-to-Week  
Tyrone Crawford Ankle sprain PS W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Vernon Butler Knee sprain PS W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Malik McDowell Concussion / Facial injuries Late July Active - NFI Week-to-Week  
Linebackers Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Denzel Perryman Ankle ligament reconstruction PS W2 8-10 Weeks Month-to-Month Ankle rehab often longer than expected
Dont'a Hightower Undisclosed   Active - PUP Day-to-Day No update from team last week
Raekwon McMillan ACL tear PS W2 Out for season 2018 Return   
Defensive Backs Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Deone Bucannon Ankle surgery Mid May Active - PUP | W1 return 4-5 Months On target for W1 return
Su'a Cravens Knee injury PS W2 2-3 Weeks Week-to-Week  
Malik Hooker Shoulder injury PS W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Shawn Williams Elbow dislocation PS W3 Week-to-Week 2-4 Weeks  
George Iloka Knee sprain PS W1 3-4 Weeks 3-4 Weeks  
Clayton Geathers Cervical discectomy / fusion Mid May Active - PUP 4-6 Months Expected inseason PUP

INJURED PLAYERS NOT ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Notable Quarterbacks on PUP/NFI/IR
Quarterback Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ryan Tannehill Left ACL reconstruction Mid August IR 2018 Return  
Notable Running Backs on PUP/NFI/IR
Running Back Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
           
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP/NFI/IR
Wide Receiver Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
           
Notable Tight Ends on PUP/NFI/IR
Tight End Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Crockett Gillmore MCL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Notable Offensive Line on PUP/NFI/IR
Offensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
           
Notable Defensive Players on PUP/NFI/IR
Edge Players Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Kerry Hyder Left Achilles tear PS W2 Out for Season 2018 Return  
Trent Murphy ACL reconstruction / MCL sprain PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Defensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Dominique Easley ACL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Linebackers Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Malcolm Smith Pectoral tendon tear PS W1 IR 2018 Return  
Defensive Backs Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes

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