Monday Injury Rounds: Week 6

Full review of injuries around the league with expanded thoughts on Odell Beckham, J.J. Watt, Rob Gronkowski, DeVante Parker, Charles Clay, and 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

Odell Beckham | Left high ankle sprain / Fibula fracture | 3-4+ Months | out for season

Beckham looked recovered from last week's minor aggravation of his high ankle sprain only to suffer a more severe injury during the second half of yesterday's game. Beckham's left ankle was bent awkwardly underneath him. The subsequent injury -- a torn syndesmotic ligament (i.e. high-grade high ankle sprain) and fibula fracture -- would have occurred regardless of whether Beckham's ankle had been fully recovered or not.

Beckham will require surgery to repair the fracture and ligament injury. The procedure carries a 3-4 month recovery timetable and will end Beckham's season. Without any unexpected setbacks, Beckham should be fully recovered in advance of training camp next year.

***Monday Update: The Giants didn't discuss specifics but confirmed Beckham will have surgery this week. Bob McAdoo told reporters Beckham would be out for the season. As noted above, it's reasonable to expect Beckham to be ready for training camp next year.

J.J. Watt | Right lateral tibial plateau fracture | 4-6 Months | Out for Season

Watt suffered a fracture to the top of his shin bone during Sunday night's game. It was reported before the game ended that Watt would require season-ending surgery. Tibial plateau fractures are relatively rare in the NFL. Recent comps include Dez Bryant, Anthony Hitchens, Randall Cobb, Nate Burleson, and Danny Trevathan. To my knowledge, however, there are no recent comps of players who had their fractures surgically fixed. 

The severity of Watt's injury and necessity of surgical intervention is worrisome for his long-term recovery. An MRI will further define his injury but Watt undoubtedly damaged the cartilage overlying the portion of bone he injured. Even with a successful realignment of the fractured bone, damage to the cartilage will put Watt at higher risk of arthritic changes in the knee joint. Depending on the severity of the fracture and the surgical interventions required, Watt could need 4-6 months of recovery time. If the MRI shows additional ligament damage, his recovery could be longer.

***Monday Update: Watt will have surgery this week and is officially out for the season.


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