Monday Injury Rounds: Week 7

Full review of injuries around the league with expanded thoughts on Aaron Rodgers, Golden Tate, Jameis Winston, Sam Bradford, Tyler Eifert, 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

Aaron Rodgers | Fractured right collarbone | 8+ Weeks

Rodgers was driven into the turf by Anthony Barr and broke his right collarbone. The Packers said Rodgers would have a chance to return this season. Without more detail on the severity of the fracture and the likelihood of surgery, it's difficult to speculate whether Rodgers initial timetable will be 6-8 weeks or 8-12 weeks.

Rodgers suffered a similar injury in 2013 to his left shoulder and needed eight weeks of recovery before the team cleared him for contact. This injury is to his throwing shoulder and the Packers will be certain Rodgers has recovered sufficiently to have no subtle changes in his throwing motion. If he needs longer than eight weeks of rehab and the Packers are no longer competitive for a playoff spot by Week 15, it's possible Rodgers will shut it down for the season.

Green Bay has no significant names on their injured reserve list -- though that may change if David Bakhtiari's hamstring aggravation is significant -- and I it's likely the Packers will move Rodgers off the active roster. Don't expect to hear any actionable updates on Rodgers for at least six weeks.

***Monday Update: Mike McCarthy told reporters today Rodgers will have surgery on his fractured collarbone. The decision to have surgery could speed his rehab timetable slightly as Rodgers will likely be able to start strengthening and range of motion work sooner with a stable injury. But that doesn't mean Rodgers will avoid injured reserve or shave multiple weeks off his recovery timetable. The Packers continue to say Rodgers season is "potentially" over. Green Bay has not yet put Rodgers on injured reserve -- but they don't yet need his roster spot. If he stays off injured reserve through early next week, a return within 6-8 weeks could be possible.

Leonard Fournette | Right ankle sprain | Day-to-Day

Fournette had an ugly mechanism of injury at first glance, as the outside of his knee appeared to hyperextend as he planted to make a cut. On closer review, his right ankle rolled and slid, likely preventing any injury to the knee joint. The Jaguars reported the injury as an ankle injury and Fournette was cleared to return. Ultimately, Jacksonville chose to be cautious with Fournette and he did not return. I would expect Fournette to be limited in practice this week but he should be able to play.


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