Monday Injury Rounds: Week 2

Early discussion on David Johnson's wrist injury, how to approach Odell Beckham's recovery, updates on Andrew Luck and Jordan Reed, and more

NOTE: This column is a living document through Tuesday morning. 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. 

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


Footballguys will have close and detailed coverage of all injuries this season. Here's a look at my expected schedule. I will do my best to stick to this. Work and family responsibilities may sometimes cause brief delays.

Monday Injury Rounds: Posted Sunday night, updated through Tuesday AM. Detailed analysis of the week's injuries with table for quick review. Offensive injuries will be live Sunday night. Critical defensive and offensive line injuries will be added throughout the day on Monday. I'll be updating with news and analysis through Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday Injury Expectations: Posted late Wednesday and Thursday evening. Analysis of the practice participation report with a table including my projection of each injured player's likely game status. Will include discussion of any major breaking injury news.

Sunday Gameday Expectations: Posted by Saturday afternoon, updated through Sunday morning inactives. Will include individual player blurbs with detailed thoughts on the week's injury news and my speculation on player availability and limitations. Will include table highlighting each day's practice participation, official game status, and my availability expectation.

I'll also be contributing to our waiver wire podcast (Tuesday release), our live Sunday morning pregame show (10 ET Sunday on YouTube), and plan at least one weekly Periscope Q&A (shortly before Monday Night Football) with additional shows if/when possible. As always, I will be retweeting 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.


INJURY ROUNDS

David Johnson | left wrist Dislocation | 10-12 Weeks

Johnson left Sunday's game with a wrist injury and there was a brief period of optimism after x-rays showed no fracture. Unfortunately, both Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter threw cold water on that optimism quickly. Schefter tweeted Johnson could miss multiple weeks and potentially more with a sprain. A Monday MRI will define the injury.

Replays showed Johnson was hit over the wrist and midsection in the first quarter and it appeared medical staff were assisting Johnson as he tried to catch his breath. Johnson returned to play on the next series but fumbled and immediately flexed his left hand and wrist. Neither play showed a clear mechanism of a wrist sprain and it's odd for the early timetable to seem so definitive. It looks like an extended absence for Johnson but we should have something more definitive after the MRI.

Monday AM Update: On further review, I'm certain Johnson only had the wind knocked out of him on the first play in question. There is a more concerning mechanism for a wrist sprain on the play in which Johnson fumbled as he tackles the player who recovered his fumble.

I've reached out to my orthopedic friends for possible diagnoses here and will update when I have more. For now, it's reassuring that Johnson wasn't in surgery last night and there may be reason to be reassured that this doesn't involve his dominant hand. However, hand and wrist injuries always present challenges for running backs, particularly elite receivers like Johnson.

This morning, Ian Rapoport suggested the team could choose to cast/splint Johnson's wrist if the MRI results were reassuring and clear him to play as soon as this week. We're still in a holding pattern here until the MRI results are known.

Monday Afternoon Update: Bruce Arians told reporters Johnson's injury is a dislocated wrist. He also told reporters the injury occurred on the hit just short of the end zone -- which means my speculation and observations in today's first update were incorrect. Johnson is seeking multiple opinions to determine whether there's too much instability due to ligament damage to play through. While there's a slim chance Johnson can cast the injury and play after a week or two, it's much more likely he'll need surgery and a 10-12 week rehab. The Cardinals would likely put Johnson on injured reserve and hope to remain in contention long enough to designate him to return. Johnson's second opinions are scheduled for early this week and he will decide on a treatment plan by mid-week.

Allen Robinson | Left ACL tear | Out for Season

The Jaguars confirmed Robinson's injury as an ACL tear on Sunday night. He'll have an MRI on Monday to evaluate for any associated injuries. Hopefully, his injury will be an isolated ACL tear and a smooth rehab will have him ready for training camp next year.

Reuben Foster | Right high ankle sprain | 2-4+ Weeks

Video replays showed a classic high ankle sprain mechanism for Foster. X-rays were negative and Foster returned to the sideline. The next 24-48 hours are critical for Foster. While a fracture has been ruled out, the amount of pain, stiffness, and swelling that develops will determine whether Foster has a 2-4 week timetable or a 4+ week timetable. A Monday MRI will also give San Francisco more information.

Eric Berry | Left Achilles tear | Out for season

Berry tore his Achilles tendon on Thursday night. While it's not a trivial surgery and rehab, improvements in surgical technique and rehab protocols have allowed the majority of players to return to their pre-injury form. Berry will need 6-9 months of rehab but should be ready for training camp if his recovery progresses as hoped.

Danny Woodhead | Left hamstring strain | Week-to-Week

Woodhead refused to say whether Sunday's hamstring injury was to the same leg as his preseason strain. His reaction on the field wasn't promising, however, and had the look of a higher grade injury. Aggravations of recent hamstring strains are often at least as severe as the prior strain and sometimes more severe. Woodhead missed 2-3 weeks of practice at the end of the preseason. It's reasonable to set an early timetable of 2-4 weeks with this injury. It could certainly be longer. Expect Woodhead to have an MRI Monday. I'll update with more details if the Ravens provide them.

Kevin White | Left Scapula fracture | 8+ Weeks

For the third consecutive season, White will miss multiple weeks with a broken bone. This time, it's his clavicle. There are multiple reports White will be moved to injured reserve soon but it's not yet clear whether he will have surgery to fix his clavicle or allow the bone to heal. At minimum, his injury is a 6-8 week recovery, making injured reserve likely. With a smooth recovery, White could return later this season.

Monday Update: White's injury was clarified as a scapula (shoulder blade) fracture. He's still expected to need surgery and today's reports lean toward White being out for the season.

Danny Amendola | Concussion | Day-to-Day

Amendola suffered a concussion on Thursday night. He's had one other recorded concussion in his career in 2013. With the additional three days of recovery time, Amendola has a good chance to be available in Week 2.

bud Dupree | Shoulder / Ankle injuries | Week-to-Week

The Steelers did not provide an update on Dupree after the game. Dupree left practice on Thursday with a shoulder injury and spent Friday's practice in treatment. He also told reporters he was dealing with an ankle injury. If Mike Tomlin does not offer details in Monday's press conference, Wednesday's practice participation report may be our next data point on Dupree.

D.J. Humphries | Right MCL sprain | 4-6 Weeks

Replays suggest Humphries has an MCL sprain. There was no obvious ACL mechanism but it's possible Humphries also suffered a meniscus injury. Humphries will have an MRI on Monday but the early report from Ian Rapoport is an absence of a "few weeks." If Humphries has no additional damage, he could have a chance to return in four weeks or less with bracing.

Ronald Darby | Subtalar dislocation | 6-8 Weeks

X-rays were negative on Darby after a scary looking foot injury. Dr. David Chao is speculating Darby's injury is to the joint in the foot below the ankle joint. That's a relatively easier recovery and his timetable could be measured in weeks rather than months. Robert Griffin III suffered a subtalar dislocation in 2014 and I covered the anatomy and expectations in detail here.

Others of note: Jason Peters suffered a groin strain and tried to return before shutting it down in the second half. He told reporters he was fine after the game. C.J. Fiedorowicz was diagnosed with a concussion after completing the return-to-play protocol from a recent concussion earlier in the week and is likely to miss multiple weeks. Ryan Griffin also suffered a concussion and faces a short Thursday turn around putting his Week 2 availability in question. Stephon Tuitt has a biceps injury that will be season-ending if an MRI shows a tendon tear near the elbow near the shoulder and is considered week-to-week. Jerrell Freeman was diagnosed with a concussion. Dont'a Hightower left Thursday's game with an MCL sprain that could keep him out multiple weeks. Orlando Scandrick has a fractured metacarpal, will have surgery on Monday, and is expected to be out at least one week.


FOLLOWUP APPOINTMENTS

ODELL BECKHAM | HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN | DAY-TO-DAY

It seemed inevitable on Wednesday evening, but after 48 hours of speculation on whether Beckham could make enough progress to play a limited role on Sunday night, Beckham was declared inactive. The Sunday morning tweet storm from Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter confirmed Beckham's injury was a mid-grade high ankle sprain -- which was evident when Beckham was unable to practice earlier in the week -- and that his timetable was always in the 3-4 week range.

The Giants play on Monday night in Week 2, which sets us up for another will-he-or-won't-he be full strength this week. Beckham's progress at the end of last week suggests he'll be able to return to limited individual work this week and dress on Monday night. But prepare for another week of trying to divine the truth in what Beckham and Bob McAdoo tell the media.

ANDREW LUCK | RIGHT SHOULDER LABRUM REPAIR | WEEK-TO-WEEK

Luck didn't practice this week and, according to Jason La Canfora, is yet to start the final phase of his throwing program. That would suggest he's still at least one week away from practicing. And I think he'll need at least two weeks of practice with his teammates in football-related situations to feel comfortable in game action. Week 4 would seem to be the earliest Luck can return now and it could easily be longer.

Jordan Reed | Fractured Toe

An Ian Rapoport story noting Reed's injury as a fractured toe sent the football Twitterverse abuzz on Sunday morning. If you've been reading or listening to my work since the middle of August, that nugget should be old news. But Rapoport's tweet comes three weeks after Reed returned to daily practice and has seemingly shown a comfort level playing in his specially-made orthotic.

That's telling. As I wrote last month, Reed's improvement is reassuring but doesn't mean he's beyond aggravation. This is an injury Reed said has been bothering him since last season. He elected to have a stem cell injection this summer and visited a foot specialist at least twice over the offseason before Washington took him off the PUP list. It's not an exaggeration to say that Reed has a thin carbon fiber insert protecting him against aggravating an already chronic injury.

Thomas Rawls | High ankle sprain | Day-to-Day

Rawls practiced last week but was a nearly-healthy inactive on Sunday as the Seahawks recognized the folly of pushing Rawls through a mostly-recovered high ankle sprain when they already had three capable and fully healthy ready to play. Expect Rawls to practice again this week and compete for touches in Week 2.

Devontae Booker | Wrist fracture fixation | Week-to-Week

The Broncos plan a follow-up CT scan on Booker this week to assess how well his injury is healing. Booker told reporters last week he's now pain-free. A reassuring scan could earn him clearance to practice this week and begin preparing for a late September return.

Others of note: Malcolm Mitchell was moved to injured reserve with a slow-to-heal knee condition. Bryan Bulaga and Kyle Long were both unable to play through ankle injuries this week. Bulaga is likely close to returning, but neither timetable is clear. Markus Wheaton (finger fracture) and John Ross (knee sprain) are expected to return this week. Dede Westbrook was moved to injured reserve while recovering from core abdominal surgery and is expected to be designated to return later this year.


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 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W4+ Return Minimum 2wks practice needed
Paxton Lynch Shoulder contusion PS W4 4-5 Weeks Week-to-Week | W4+ Return  
Running Backs Injured But on the Active Roster
Running Back Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
David Johnson Wrist dislocation W1 IR likely IR | 10-12+ Weeks  
Thomas Rawls High ankle sprain PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W1 Return  
Danny Woodhead Hamstring strain W1 Awaiting information Week-to-Week Likely aggravation and 2-4 wks 
T.J. Yeldon Hamstring strain PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
Devontae Booker Wrist fracture fixation Late July Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W3+ Return CT may allow him to return soon 
Wide Receivers Injured But on the Active Roster
Wide Receiver Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Odell Beckham Left high ankle sprain PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
Allen Robinson Left ACL tear W1 MRI pending Out for season  
Danny Amendola Concussion W1 Awaiting information Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
Kevin White Left scapula fracture W1 Likely IR Month-to-Month | 8+ Wks  
Will Fuller Clavicle fracture PS W1 Month-to-Month W6+ Return  
Mike Williams Disc herniation | Multiple steroid injections May | July Week-to-Week W4+ Return Avoided inseason PUP list
John Ross Left knee sprain PS W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W2 Return Returned to practice last week
Markus Wheaton Finger fracture PS W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W2 Return  
Tight Ends Injured But on the Active Roster
Tight End Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
C.J. Fiedorowicz Concussion W1 Awaiting information Week-to-Week | W3+ Return Second concussion in 3 wks, likely multi-wk absence
Ryan Griffin Concussion W1 Awaiting information Week-to-Week | W3+ Return Tough to be ready for Thursday night
Offensive Line Injured But on the Active Roster
Offensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jason Peters Groin strain W1 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
Bryan Bulaga Ankle injury PS W4 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
D.J. Humphries Right MCL sprain W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week MRI pending
Kyle Long Ankle surgery / complications November 2016 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Terron Armstead Shoulder labrum repair June Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W3+ Return Avoided inseason PUP list
Ryan Kelly Foot injury / surgery PS W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W4+ Return  
Demar Dotson Groin strain PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
Defensive Players Injured But on the Active Roster
Edge Players Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
J.J. Watt Open finger dislocation W1 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
Bud Dupree Shoulder injury / Ankle injury W1 Awaiting information Week-to-Week  
Za'Darius Smith Knee injury W1 Awaiting information Awaiting information  
Ahmad Brooks Concussion W1 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Defensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Stephon Tuitt Left biceps injury W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jared Crick Back injury W1 Week-to-Week  Week-to-Week   
Robert Nkemdiche Calf strain PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W2 Return  
Vernon Butler Knee sprain PS W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Linebackers Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Reuben Foster Right high ankle sprain W1 Awaiting information 3-4+ Weeks  
Jerrell Freeman Concussion / Pectoral strain W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Dont'a Hightower MCL sprain W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Brian Cushing Concussion W1 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Anthony Hitchens Tibial plateau fracture PS W4 Week-to-Week W4+ Return  
Defensive Backs Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Eric Berry Left Achilles tear W1 Out for season IR | 2018 Return  
Deone Bucannon Ankle surgery Mid May Day-to-Day Day-to-Day | W1+ Return   
Vontae Davis Groin strain PS W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W2+ Return  
Ronald Darby Subtalar dislocation W1 Week-to-Week 6-8+ Weeks MRI to determine ligament damage, return timetable
Orlando Scandrick Fractured metacarpal W1 Week-to-Week 1-2 Weeks | W3+ Return  
Shawn Williams Elbow dislocation PS W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W1+ Return  
Prince Amukamara Ankle injury PS Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
E.J. Gaines Shoulder injury W1 Awaiting information Awaiting information  
Leshaun Sims Groin injury W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Johnathan Cyprien Hamstring strain W1 Week-to-Week 3-4+ Weeks  
Kayvon Webster Shoulder injury W1 Awaiting information Awaiting information  
Gareon Conley Shin injury PS Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  

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  
Teddy Bridgewater Left knee dislocation / Multi-ligament repair August 2016 PUP Month-to-Month Progressing but unclear whether can play this year
Chad Kelly Wrist surgery April 2017 NFI 2018 Return  
Notable Running Backs on PUP/NFI/IR
Running Back Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Spencer Ware PCL / LCL sprain PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Kenneth Dixon Meniscus repair Late July IR 2018 Return  
Joe Williams Ankle injury PS W5 IR 2018 Return Lynch would not discuss details
Lance Dunbar Complications Oct 2015 knee injury   PUP Awaiting information Seems unlikely to return in 2017
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP/NFI/IR
Wide Receiver Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Malcolm Mitchell Knee injury PS IR Week-to-Week | Eligible W9+  
Dede Westbrook Core abdominal surgery W1 IR 4-6 Weeks | Eligible W9+  
Julian Edelman ACL tear PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Cameron Meredith ACL/MCL tear PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Quincy Enunwa Cervical discectomy and fusion Late August 2017 IR 6-9 Months | 2018 Return  
Carlos Henderson Left thumb ligament repair Mid-August 2017 IR 2018 Return  
Tajae Sharpe Foot injury Chronic IR 2018 Return  
Notable Tight Ends on PUP/NFI/IR
Tight End Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Erik Swoope Arthroscopic knee surgery PS W3 IR | return eligible Week-to-Week | Eligible W8+ Likely to return W8+
Rico Gathers Concussion PS W3 IR | return eligible Week-to-Week | Eligible W8+ Chance to return W8+
Crockett Gillmore MCL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Jake Butt ACL reconstruction December 2016 NFI 2018 Return  
Notable Offensive Line on PUP/NFI/IR
Offensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Taylor Decker Shoulder labrum repair Early June PUP Month-to-Month | W6+ Return  
Josh Garnett Arthroscopic knee surgery Early August IR 2018 Return  
George Fant ACL tear / likely multi-ligament injury PS W3 IR 2018 Return  
Alex Lewis Shoulder labral tear PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Ted Larsen Biceps injury PS W1 IR | return eligible Month-to-Month | Eligible W8+ Chance to return W8+
Forrest Lamp ACL tear Early August IR 2018 Return  
Nico Siragusa Knee dislocation | ACL/MCL/PCL tear Early August IR 2018 Return  
Notable Defensive Players on PUP/NFI/IR
Edge Players Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Shane Ray Wrist ligament repair Late July IR | return eligible 4-6 Weeks | Eligible W8+ Expected to return W8
Kerry Hyder Left Achilles tear PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Trent Murphy ACL reconstruction / MCL sprain PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Derek Rivers ACL / LCL tear PS W3 IR  9-12 Months | 2018 Return  
Tamba Hali Undisclosed   IR Awaiting information  
Defensive Line Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Malik McDowell Concussion / Facial injuries Late July NFI ? 2017 Return  
Dominique Easley ACL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Linebackers Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Denzel Perryman Ankle ligament reconstruction PS W2 IR | return eligible Month-to-Month | Eligible W8+ Hopeful for return W8+
Raekwon McMillan ACL reconstruction PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Edwin Jackson Undisclosed   IR 2018 Return  
Jelani Jenkins Groin strain PS W4 IR Likely to sign settlement  
Tank Carder ACL reconstruction PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Malcolm Smith Pectoral tendon tear PS W1 IR 2018 Return  
Defensive Backs Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Clayton Geathers Cervical discectomy / fusion Mid May PUP Month-to-Month | Eligible W6+ Chance for return W6+
Su'a Cravens Not injury related W1 Exempt list Awaiting information Contemplating retirement
DeAngelo Hall ACL reconstruction September 2016 PUP Week-to-Week | Eligible W6+ Chance for return W6+
Sidney Jones Achilles repair March 2017 NFI 2018 Return Could return after W8

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