Monday Injury Rounds: Week 3

Full review of injuries around the league with expanded thoughts on Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, Sam Bradford, Jordan Reed, and many others

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

Rob Gronkowski | Groin injury | Week-to-Week

Gronkowski left the game with a groin injury and didn't return. There wasn't a clear mechanism of injury but there were hints of both hip and back injuries. With Gronkowski's extensive history of back surgery, the report of a groin injury should be considered reassuring. Gronkowski told reporters he was fine and would talk on Monday. Don't be surprised to hear that Gronkowski will have an MRI; teams often request imaging studies to confirm a suspicion of a low-grade injury. Hopefully, he'll be no worse than limited in practice and ready to play next week. A mid-grade groin strain could cost him as much as 3-4 weeks.

Jordy Nelson | Quad injury | Day-to-Day

Nelson got his lower body tangled with a defender during a route and suffered a quad injury on Sunday night. After trying to stay loose on the exercise bike and then receiving treatment at halftime, Nelson was unable to return. It's possible Nelson's injury is minor and the Packers chose not to risk a compensatory injury by risking his return. The Packers have the benefit of a late afternoon home game next week. That could work in Nelson's favor.

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