Monday Injury Rounds: Week 4

Full review of injuries around the league with expanded thoughts on Doug Baldwin and Kelvin Benjamin and updates on Andrew Luck, Sam Bradford, and Jordan Reed.

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.


Doug Baldwin | Groin strain | Awaiting information

I did not see clear video evidence of a serious groin strain for Baldwin. Pete Carroll said the team did not yet know the severity of the strain but Baldwin was cleared to speak to the media after the game and implied his injury wasn't serious. News of an early-week MRI or a lack of mid-week practice would elevate concern but the early expectation is that Baldwin's injury is low grade.

***Monday Update: The Seahawks have yet to discuss the severity of Baldwin's injury but there remains no indication of a higher grade strain. Expect Baldwin to miss some practice this week. We should have a better sense of Baldwin's Week 4 availability by Friday.

Kelvin Benjamin | Left knee injury | Week-to-Week

Benjamin had his previously surgically-repaired left knee twisted awkwardly underneath his body while tackled. The mechanism was not consistent with an ACL injury and Ian Rapoport tweeted after the game that Benjamin's injury is believed to be minor. Benjamin will have further testing Monday. The mechanism raised concern for meniscus injury and/or an MCL sprain. Though initial reports are reassuring against a longer-term absence, it's possible Benjamin may miss this week's game.


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