Monday Injury Rounds: Week 10

Thoughts on injuries to Dez Bryant, Jameis Winston, Eddie Lacy, the impending return of Danny Woodhead, an update on David Johnson, 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.


Dez Bryant | Right high ankle sprain | Week-to-Week

Bryant left in the second half with an ankle injury and did not return. Television replays showed a clear high ankle sprain mechanism. As we've seen many times previously, players who have a relatively mild high ankle mechanism sometimes struggle to return to play the following week. The next 24-48 hours are key for Bryant. If he has minimal swelling and soreness overnight, he'll have a good chance to return this week. If not, we'll see him significantly limited in practice and a game-time decision or worse. If we don't get an actionable update on Monday, the midweek practice reports will be our best chance at handicapping Bryant's odds of playing in Week 10.

***Monday Update: According to Jason Garrett, Bryant's injury is not serious and his follow-up exam this morning was reassuring. The team will likely limit Bryant's practice and it's too soon to assume Bryant will play without limitation this week. But today's note will hopefully prove accurate later in the week. Garrett also said Bryant is dealing with a knee injury. Whether it's the same injury Bryant was dealing with last week or a new injury is not known.

Jameis Winston | Right AC sprain w/ aggravation | Week-to-Week

Winston was again struggling to play through a throwing shoulder sprain before being driven to the turf and leaving the game on Sunday. The Buccaneers have limited Winston's practice for three weeks but have been unable to keep him clean enough to prevent in-game aggravations. Expect Winston to continue to try to play through his injury but there's been no indication he'll be able to do so without accuracy issues or avoid in-game setbacks.

***Monday Update: The Buccaneers told reporters on Monday they will rest Winston until his shoulder injuries heal. There are some discrepancies in today's reporting -- some have the timetable at a "couple of weeks" while others report a "few weeks" -- but the team will not rush his recovery. Once a player misses one game, it becomes much more likely he'll not return until near full strength.


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