Monday Injury Rounds: Week 5

Full review of injuries around the league with expanded thoughts on Julio Jones, Dalvin Cook, Derek Carr, Chris Carson, Ty Montgomery, Marcus Mariota, 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

Julio Jones | Right hip flexor strain | Week-to-Week

Jones reportedly wanted to return to the game but could not generate enough explosion from his usual stance and the team chose to remain cautious rather than risk a higher grade injury. Jones will have an MRI this week to grade his injury. With the Falcons on bye in Week 5, Jones will have the benefit of intensive rehab this week rather than concern over game preparation.

Hip injuries are difficult to overcome for wide receivers, particularly flexor strains. Full strength is needed for smooth explosion off the line of scrimmage to defeat press coverage and to sink the hips to get in and out of route breaks. Should Jones' MRI show a low-grade strain, he'll have a good chance to rehab and return in two weeks.

***Monday Update: Adam Schefter confirms Jones has a hip flexor strain. A source told Schefter Jones is hopeful to return after the bye week.

Odell Beckham | Finger dislocation / High ankle sprain aggravation | Day-to-Day

Beckham's finger dislocation will be painful and probably prevent successful one-handed grabs next week but shouldn't otherwise be limiting. He also aggravated his preseason high ankle sprain in the middle of the fourth quarter and needed help from trainers before leaving the field. Though he returned for a late fourth quarter two-point conversion attempt and looked to be moving well, tomorrow's evaluation will be important. Hopefully, there's no significant swelling and stiffness overnight and the aggravation proves to be a non-issue.

Dalvin Cook | Left ACL tear | Out for Season

The Vikings suspect an ACL injury for Cook. Physical examination is almost always accurate for ACL injuries and the injury mechanism itself was highly suggestive of an ACL tear. Cook will have an MRI on Monday but the imaging study is more to assess surrounding structures for associated injury confirming the already-suspected ACL injury.

***Monday Update: The Vikings confirmed Cook's ACL injury today and Mike Zimmer noted concern for both meniscus and cartilage damage. ACL rehab can be complicated by cartilage damage but it's always hard to know the extent and location of those injuries. Cook will have nine months to prepare for training camp. If his rehab goes smoothly, he should return healthy in 2018.

Derek Carr | Back injury | Week-to-Week

Carr took a knee to the back and did not return. Adam Schefter tweeted he was told by a source Carr was suffering from back spasms and was expected to be okay. Jack Del Rio said the same in his post-game press conference. Carr didn't sound as optimistic and hinted he'd not been told the extent of his injury when addressing the media at his locker after the game.

I'm not willing to trust the day-to-day timetable just yet. While x-rays were negative, the team is worried enough about Carr's back spasms to send their quarterback for an MRI to look for additional soft tissue injuries. Mike Silver tweeted he was told Carr briefly experienced numbness in his legs after the hit to the area around his kidneys.

There's a lot going on in Silver's report. Numbness or weakness in the legs suggests more than simple back spasms and adds a layer of concern for nerve injury or spinal cord contusion. Whether that's accurate is debatable -- the quick reports of muscle spasm and minimal concern for next week are notable.

Hopefully, the Raiders will report reassuring MRI results on Monday. Until then, it's best to consider Carr questionable for next week.

***Monday Update: The initial day-to-day timetable on Carr did indeed prove incorrect. Carr was diagnosed with a transverse process fracture today and given an updated timetable of 2-4 weeks. This is the same injury suffered by Tony Romo (direct blow to back in a similar mechanism to Carr) and Cam Newton (injured in car accident). It wasn't misleading for Del Rio to say Carr had back spasms. He very likely did. This is a painful injury to the skeleton of the spine, made worse by spasm of the muscles that attach to the transverse process itself. Romo missed just one game with his injury, Newton missed two. The Raiders are hoping for Carr to also meet the more optimistic end of the recovery timetable.

Chris Carson | Left leg fracture | Out for Season

Carson left the field on a cart with his leg immobilized after a lower leg fracture and possible ankle dislocation on a late fourth-quarter run. Unless Carson's injury is much less severe than anticipated, he'll have surgery and be out for the season.

***Monday Update: Teammates sounded hopeful that Carson's injury wasn't as bad as anticipated after the game. Video replay remains concerning, however, and even a high-grade high ankle sprain would be a prolonged absence and potentially end Carson's season. 

***Monday Update: The Seahawks confirmed a high ankle sprain w/ fibula fracture later today. Carson will have surgery, be placed on injured reserve, and miss the rest of the season. A full recovery in time for 2018 is expected.

Ty Montgomery | Rib injury | Week-to-Week

Reports on Montgomery's injury were all over the place after the game. Initial reports suggested Montgomery suffered multiple rib fractures, an injury usually requiring multiple weeks of recovery. Shortly after the game, Mike McCarthy told reporters he "didn't have a clear answer" about Montgomery's status. And Adam Schefter would later report Montgomery's injury wasn't as bad as initially feared. McCarthy seemed to confirm the more optimistic impression in vague terms the day after the game.

It's a weird set of reports and difficult to divine what may be true. I'm not certain why a specific report about multiple rib injuries would be shared before the x-ray result was known. And it's odd to have that specific report be incorrect after the x-ray unless something was lost in translation. We'll know more on Montgomery by midweek but prepare for him to be limited or inactive this week. The Packers' medical staff leans conservative and any chest injury -- see Randall Cobb in Week 3 -- carries a risk of aggravation and consideration of rest. On the positive side, Montgomery will have ten days to recover from the Thursday night injury.

Jamaal Williams | Left knee strain | Week-to-Week

The mechanism of Williams' injury could have been consistent with an LCL sprain but wasn't definitive. His MRI showed only muscle injury, however, which likely means minor damage to a hamstring tendon on the outside of his knee. Williams is considered questionable for this week's game but the extra few days of recovery after the Thursday night game could work in his favor.

Davante Adams | Concussion | Week-to-Week

Adams had the scariest injury of the week. Knocked out after a hit that sent his mouthpiece flying, Adams was immobilized and taken to the hospital for testing. Imaging studies and further examination reassuringly ruled out neck injuries. Adams was diagnosed with a concussion. Many NFL teams have been reluctant to move their players through the return-to-play protocol in one week this season. While loss of consciousness does not routinely translate to a longer recovery time, it's reasonable to expect the Packers to be cautious with Williams this week.

Marcus Mariota | Hamstring strain | Week-to-Week

Mariota was unable to return after a late first-half hamstring injury. The Titans don't appear to be too concerned about Mariota's injury but will send him for an MRI to better define his recovery timetable. The Titans have been cautious with players after hamstring injuries this season and the team was down 37-14 by the time they started their first drive of the second half. Expect continued caution with Mariota. He's one of the more mobile quarterbacks in the league and further aggravation would not only limit his mobility but could affect his downfield accuracy.

Others of note: Ameer Abdullah suffered a low ankle sprain during the fourth quarter and was reportedly cleared to return but didn't. Jordan Matthews had a large wrap over his right thumb on the sideline and would miss multiple weeks if he has a fracture or ligament injury. Monday Update: Matthews will have surgery to stabilize his thumb injury and will miss at least a month. Willie Snead is still recovering from preseason hamstring soreness and was not active in his first week after serviing his suspension. C.J. Prosise was inactive with an ankle injury that could require multiple weeks of recovery. Paul Perkins left with a rib injury and was ruled out.


FOLLOWUP APPOINTMENTS

Melvin Gordon | Knee contusion | Day-to-Day

Gordon's practice participation suggested he was healthier heading into Week 4 than Week 3. His performance suggested otherwise. Gordon didn't see a major decline in his offensive market share, with 10 of the team's 13 rushes and three targets. Playing through a painful bone bruise, Gordon may continue to look limited. Practice participation will be informative this week.

Andrew Luck | Right shoulder labrum repair | Week-to-Week

The Colts were hopeful Luck would return to individual work in practice last week but didn't clear him. During the Sunday night football game, Michele Tafoya reported Luck told her he expects to return to practice this week. I continue to believe Luck will need a minimum of two weeks of practice before he prepares to return to game action. That puts his earliest return at Week 7.


INJURED PLAYERS ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Quarterbacks Injured But on the Active Roster
Quarterback Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Derek Carr Oak Transverse process fracture W4 2-4 Weeks 2+ Weeks  
Marcus Mariota Ten Hamstring strain W4 MRI pending Week-to-Week  
Sam Bradford Min Left knee bone bruise W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Andrew Luck Ind Right shoulder labrum repair Mid January Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W7+ Return Minimum 2wks practice needed
Paxton Lynch Den Shoulder contusion PS W4 4-5 Weeks Week-to-Week | W4+ Return  
Running Backs Injured But on the Active Roster
Running Back Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Melvin Gordon LAC Knee contusion W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Ty Montgomery GB Rib injury W4 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Dalvin Cook Min Left ACL tear W4 MRI pending Out for Season  
Chris Carson Sea Left high ankle sprain / fibula fracture W4 Out for season Out for Season  
Rob Kelley Was Rib cartilage injury W2 Awaiting MNF decision   W5 bye
Ameer Abdullah Det Right ankle injury  W4 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Matt Forte NYJ Toe sprain W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jamaal Williams GB Left knee strain W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Paul Perkins NYG Rib injury W4 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
Rex Burkhead NE Rib injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jerick McKinnon Min Ankle injury W4 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Marlon Mack Ind Shoulder injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Orleans Darkwa NYG Back injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Dewayne Washington Det Quad injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Wide Receivers Injured But on the Active Roster
Wide Receiver Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Julio Jones Atl Right hip flexor strain W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week W5 bye
Odell Beckham NYG Finger dislocation | High ankle sprain W4 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Michael Crabtree Oak Lung contusion W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Davante Adams GB Concussion W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jamison Crowder Was Hamstring strain W3 Awaiting MNF decision   W5 bye
Jordan Matthews Buf Right thumb fracture W4 4 Weeks 4-6 Weeks  
Willie Snead NO Hamstring strain W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Mohamed Sanu Atl Hamstring strain W4 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Kenny Golladay Det Hamstring strain W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring strain W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Marquise Goodwin SF Concussion W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Curtis Samuel Car Back injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
John Ross Cin Knee injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Mike Williams LAC Disc herniation | Multiple steroid injections May | July Week-to-Week W4+ Return  
Tight Ends Injured But on the Active Roster
Tight End Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jordan Reed Was SC sprain W2  Awaiting MNF Decision   W5 bye
Tyler Eifert Cin Back injury W2 Multiple Weeks 4+ Weeks | W7+ Return  
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Offensive Line Injured But on the Active Roster
Offensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Cordy Glenn Buf Ankle / foot injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Zach Strief NO MCL sprain aggravation W4 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
David Bakhtiari GB Hamstring strain W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Ryan Kalil Car Neck injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Ryan Schraeder Atl Concussion W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Alex Boone Ari Pectoral strain W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Hroniss Grasu Chi Hand injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Trey Hopkins Cin Knee injury PS Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Mitch Morse KC Midfoot sprain W2 Week-to-Week 4+ Weeks Could be season-ending
D.J. Humphries Ari Right MCL sprain W1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Terron Armstead NO Shoulder labrum repair June Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W4+ Return  
Ryan Kelly C Foot injury / surgery PS W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W4+ Return  
Defensive Players Injured But on the Active Roster
Edge Players Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Olivier Vernon NYG Aggravated ankle sprain W4 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
Vic Beasley Atl Hamstring injury W2 4+ Weeks 4-6 Weeks  
Myles Garrett Cle High ankle sprain PS W4 4-6 Weeks 4+ Weeks | W5 Return  
Dee Ford KC Back injury W3 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Cliff Avril Sea Brachial plexus injury W4 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks  
Markus Golden Ari ACL tear W4 Out for Season Out for Season  
Shaq Lawson Buf Groin strain W4 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
Defensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Fletcher Cox Phi Calf injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Mike Daniels GB Hamstring injury W2 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Brandon Williams Bal Foot injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Linebackers Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Kwon Alexander TB Hamstring strain W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Sean Lee Dal Hamstring strain W3 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Reuben Foster SF Right high ankle sprain W1 Week-to-Week 3-4+ Weeks | W5+ Return  
Jarrad Davis Det Concussion W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Jamie Collins Cle Concussion W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day   
Lavonte David TB High ankle sprain W3 Week-to-Week 3-4+ Weeks  
Nick Kwiatkoski Chi Pectoral injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Mason Foster Was Shoulder dislocation W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Alex Anzalone NO Shoulder dislocation W4 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
Anthony Hitchens Dal Tibial plateau fracture PS W4 Week-to-Week W5+ Return  
Defensive Backs Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ronald Darby Phi Subtalar dislocation W1 Week-to-Week 6-8+ Weeks | W9+ Return  
Kevin Johnson Hou MCL sprain W2 4-6 Weeks 4-6 Weeks  
T.J. Ward TB Groin injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Eric Reid SF Left PCL sprain W2 Week-to-Week 1-2+ Weeks  
Kurt Coleman Car Knee injury W4 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Johnathan Cyprien Ten Hamstring strain W1 Week-to-Week 3-4+ Weeks  

INJURED PLAYERS NOT ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Notable Quarterbacks on PUP/NFI/IR
Quarterback Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ryan Tannehill Mia Left ACL reconstruction Mid August IR 2018 Return  
Teddy Bridgewater Min Left knee dislocation / Multi-ligament repair August 2016 PUP Eligible W7 | Week-to-Week  
Chad Kelly Den Wrist surgery April 2017 NFI 2018 Return  
Notable Running Backs on PUP/NFI/IR
Running Back Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
David Johnson Ari Wrist dislocation W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 8-10+ Weeks  
Danny Woodhead Bal Hamstring strain W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 6-8+ Weeks  
Darren Sproles Phi Left ACL tear | Right arm fracture W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 2018 Return  
Donnel Pumphrey Phi Hamstring strain W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Spencer Ware KC PCL / LCL sprain PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Kenneth Dixon Bal Meniscus repair Late July IR 2018 Return  
Joe Williams SF Ankle injury PS W5 IR 2018 Return  
Lance Dunbar LAR Complications Oct 2015 knee injury   PUP Eligible W7 | Awaiting information Seems unlikely to return in 2017
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP/NFI/IR
Wide Receiver Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Corey Coleman Cle Hand fracture fixation W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 6+ Weeks  
Malcolm Mitchell NE Knee injury PS IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Week-to-Week  
Kevin White Chi Left scapula fracture W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligbile W10 | 8+ Wks  
Dede Westbrook Jac Core abdominal surgery W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 4-6 Weeks  
Allen Robinson Jac Left ACL tear W1 IR - Return Eligible 2018 Return  
Julian Edelman NE ACL tear PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Cameron Meredith Chi ACL/MCL tear PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Cervical discectomy and fusion Late August 2017 IR 6-9 Months | 2018 Return  
Carlos Henderson Den Left thumb ligament repair Mid-August 2017 IR 2018 Return  
Tajae Sharpe Ten Foot injury Chronic IR 2018 Return  
Notable Tight Ends on PUP/NFI/IR
Tight End Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Greg Olsen Car Foot fracture fixation W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 8-12 Weeks  
C.J. Fiedorowicz Hou Concussion W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | Week-to-Week  
Erik Swoope Ind Arthroscopic knee surgery PS W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Week-to-Week  
Rico Gathers Dal Concussion PS W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Week-to-Week  
Crockett Gillmore Bal MCL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Jake Butt Den ACL reconstruction December 2016 NFI 2018 Return  
Notable Offensive Line on PUP/NFI/IR
Offensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Taylor Decker Det Shoulder labrum repair Early June PUP - Return Eligible Eligible W7 | Week-to-Week  
Mike Iupati Ari Elbow surgery PS IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 8+ Weeks  
Ted Larsen Mia Biceps injury PS W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Month-to-Month  
Denzelle Good Ind Wrist ligament repair W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | Week-to-Week  
Marshal Yanda Bal Ankle fracture W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Josh Garnett SF Arthroscopic knee surgery Early August IR 2018 Return  
George Fant Sea ACL tear / likely multi-ligament injury PS W3 IR 2018 Return  
Alex Lewis Bal Shoulder labral tear PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Forrest Lamp LAC ACL tear Early August IR 2018 Return  
Nico Siragusa Bal Knee dislocation | ACL/MCL/PCL tear Early August IR 2018 Return  
Notable Defensive Players on PUP/NFI/IR
Edge Players Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Shane Ray Den Wrist ligament repair Late July IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Week-to-Week Expected to return W9
Kerry Hyder Det Left Achilles tear PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Trent Murphy Was ACL reconstruction / MCL sprain PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Derek Rivers NE ACL / LCL tear PS W3 IR  9-12 Months | 2018 Return  
Tamba Hali KC Undisclosed   IR Awaiting information  
Defensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jared Crick Den Back injury W1 IR - Return Eligible  Eligible W10 | 10-12 Weeks  
Malik McDowell Sea Concussion / Facial injuries Late July NFI ? 2017 Return  
Dominique Easley LAR ACL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Linebackers Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jerrell Freeman Chi Concussion / Pectoral strain W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | Month-to-Month  
Denzel Perryman LAC Ankle ligament reconstruction PS W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | Month-to-Month Hopeful for return
Raekwon McMillan Mia ACL reconstruction PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Edwin Jackson Ind Undisclosed   IR 2018 Return  
Tank Carder Cle ACL reconstruction PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Malcolm Smith SF Pectoral tendon tear PS W1 IR 2018 Return  
Defensive Backs Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Clayton Geathers Ind Cervical discectomy / fusion Mid May PUP - Return Eligible Eligible W7 | Month-to-Month Chance for return
DeAngelo Hall Was ACL reconstruction September 2016 PUP - Return Eligible Eligible W7 | Week-to-Week Chance for return
Quintin Demps Chi Fractured arm W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 6-10+ Weeks  
Eric Berry KC Left Achilles tear W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | 2018 Return  
Jason Verrett LAC Knee soreness W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Sidney Jones Phi Achilles repair March 2017 NFI 2018 Return Could return after W8

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