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.


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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.

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INJURY ROUNDS

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.

***Monday Additions: Dan Quinn told reporters Devonta Freeman was dealing with an injury the team won't disclose until the Wednesday injury report. He's already been working through a shoulder injury. Quinn also said Julio Jones was fighting through a "lower leg" injury. Jones had his right leg bent awkwardly during the game and limped off and on the field throughout the day. Video replays show a mild high ankle sprain mechanism as well as an MCL mechanism. He's also likely considered day-to-day. Finally, Mike Mularkey confirmed DeMarco Murray played through an early game knee injury. Murray returned to play in the second half and will also be considered day-to-day.

Eddie Lacy | Groin strain | Week-to-Week

Pete Carroll was unsure of the severity of Lacy's injury after the game. Lacy was considered doubtful to return immediately after the injury and has a short turnaround before the Seahawks travel to Arizona to play Thursday night. It will be tough for Lacy to be ready to play.

Others of Note: Terrance Williams likely has a high ankle sprain. Ryan Griffin was ruled out with a concussion. Donte Fowler did not return after an elbow injury. Kenny Vaccaro was quickly ruled out with a groin strain. Jaquiski Tartt has a fractured arm and is expected to be placed on injured reserve.


FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS

Teddy Bridgewater | Left knee multi-ligament repair | Day-to-Day | Week 10 Return

Multiple reports confirm the Vikings plan to move Bridgewater to the active roster this week. Minnesota may not be ready to turn the starting job over to Bridgewater yet but he will be a significant upgrade to their current backup. If Case Keenum struggles or is injured, Bridgewater knows the offense well enough to step in quickly. It's an impressive recovery from a similar injury to the one that threatened Zach Miller's leg last week.

Zach Ertz | Hamstring strain | Day-to-Day | Week 11 Return

Ertz was added to last week's injury report after a Thursday hamstring strain. Early Sunday reports suggested Ertz would play but he was unable to get loose in warmups and was made inactive. Ertz will have the Eagles' Week 10 bye to continue rehab and recovery and should be available for Philadelphia's Week 11 game in Dallas.

Charles Clay | MCL sprain | Day-to-Day | Week 10+ Return

Clay continues to rehab and recondition, with multiple recent videos showing him sprinting in a straight line and stretching in pads. That's prompted speculation he's close to returning. What the videos have not shown is Clay cleared to cut at speed and run routes in pads. The original return-to-play expectation was 4-6 weeks and we're now just past the four week mark. It's possible Clay has recovered enough to return to practice and prepare to play this week. More likely, he'll return in Week 11 or 12.

David Johnson | Wrist fracture / dislocation | Month-to-Month

Last Monday, I referenced a quote from Bruce Arians, who told reporters in October that Johnson could return as early as Thanksgiving. Arians significantly changed his tune early last week, saying he doubted Johnson could return in 2017. That's a big change in his expectation. Notably, Adam Schefter interviewed Johnson last week and confirmed three important pieces of information.

First, Johnson told Schefter the earliest he would have his cast removed would be after Week 10 if his recovery continued to progress well. Second, Johnson hinted the team would be deliberate with his rehab and ensure he had recovered enough strength and range of motion to minimize the risk of longer-term complications. Third, Johnson said it was his intention that the Cardinals' position in the division and wild card standings would not affect his decision to return.

If Johnson gets his cast off before the Week 11 game, it's still possible he could complete his rehab by Week 14 but it's not assured. That may be why Arians seemed less assured than before. Regardless of the details to follow, the next hurdle for Johnson is the removal of his cast. If that happens after his next imaging visit next week, we're officially on rehab and return watch.

Danny Woodhead | Hamstring strain | Designated to Return | Week-to-Week | Week 11+ Return

The Ravens were comfortable designating Woodhead to return and starting his roster exemption timetable last week. He'll spend the Ravens' bye week reconditioning and working to prove he's ready to assume a role in the offensive game plan in Week 11. Watch for a Ravens' decision to move Woodhead to the active roster next week.

Dee Ford | Back injury | Week-to-Week

It is never a good sign when a player who misses multiple weeks with a back condition returns to play then again misses multiple weeks. Hopefully, Ford's issue is confirmed to be minor, but the timeline is suspicious for a disc-related condition. If that's the case, this could be Ford's second attempt at rehab. And, if unsuccessful, Ford could struggle to finish the season.

Others of Note: Sheldon Richardson could miss multiple weeks with an oblique abdominal muscle strain. Dede Westbrook was not moved to the active roster last week but is ready to return. Quietly, Lance Dunbar was removed from the Los Angeles PUP list and returned to practice.


INJURED PLAYERS ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Quarterbacks Injured | On the Active Roster
Quarterback Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jameis Winston TB Right AC sprain | aggravation W6 / W9 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W11+ Return  
Sam Bradford Min Left knee bone bruise W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W12+ Return  
Teddy Bridgewater Min Left knee dislocation | Multi-ligament repair August 2016 Removed from PUP W8 | Not on Active Roster Day-to-Day | W10 Return Now practicing
Running Backs Injured | On the Active Roster
Running Back Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
DeMarco Murray Ten Knee injury W9 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Devonta Freeman Atl Shoulder / Undisclosed W8 / W9 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Eddie Lacy Sea Groin strain W9 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week | Week 11+ Return  
Danny Woodhead Bal Hamstring strain W1 Designated to Return W9 | Not on Active Roster Day-to-Day | W11+ Return Now practicing
Terrance West Bal Calf strain | aggravation W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle sprain | aggravation W3 / W7 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Lance Dunbar LAR Complications Oct 2015 knee injury   Removed from PUP W9 | Not on Active Roster Week-to-Week Now practicing
Wide Receivers Injured | On the Active Roster
Wide Receiver Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Julio Jones Atl Right leg injury W9 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day High ankle & MCL mechanisms
Dez Bryant Dal Right high ankle sprain W9 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Chris Hogan NE Shoulder injury W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Terrance Williams Dal High ankle sprain W9 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Kenny Golladay Det Hamstring strain W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W10+ Return  
Dede Westbrook Jac Core abdominal surgery W1 Designated to Return W9 | Not on Active Roster Day-to-Day Now practicing
Tyler Boyd Cin MCL sprain W5 Multiple Weeks 4-6 Weeks  
Tight Ends Injured | On the Active Roster
Tight End Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Zach Ertz Phi Hamstring strain W9 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Jordan Reed Was Right hamstring strain W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Charles Clay Buf Left MCL sprain / meniscus injury W5 Multiple Weeks 4-6+ Weeks | Week 10+ Return  
Martellus Bennett GB Shoulder injury W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Ryan Griffin Hou Concussion W9 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
C.J. Fiedorowicz Hou Concussion W1 Designated to Return W8 | Not on Active Roster Day-to-Day Now practicing
Niles Paul Was Concussion W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Zach Miller Chi Right knee dislocation W8 Out for Season 12+ Months Still on Active Roster
Offensive Line Injured | On the Active Roster
Offensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Joe Staley SF Fractured orbital bone / laceration W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Ryan Kalil Car Neck injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring strain aggravation W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Trent Williams Was Recurrent patellar dislocation W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Brandon Scherff Was MCL sprain W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Spencer Long Was Knee injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Shawn Lauvao Was Stinger W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Taylor Decker Det Shoulder labrum repair Early June Removed from PUP W9 | Not on Active Roster Week-to-Week Now practicing
Cam Robinson Jac Left ankle injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Greg Robinson Det Ankle injury W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Joe Barksdale SD Foot injury W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Larry Warford NO Abdominal strain W7 Multiple Weeks 4-6+ Weeks  
Hroniss Grasu Chi Hand injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Brandon Shell NYJ Neck injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Justin Pugh NYG Back injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Denzelle Good Ind Wrist ligament repair W2 Designated to Return W8 | Not on Active Roster Week-to-Week Now practicing
Luke Joeckel Sea Arthroscopic knee surgery W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Defensive Players Injured | On the Active Roster
Edge Players Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Myles Garrett Cle Concussion W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Olivier Vernon NYG Aggravated ankle sprain W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Donte Fowler Jac Elbow injury W9 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
John Simon Ind Brachial plexus injury W7 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks  
Defensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Sheldon Richardson Sea Oblique strain W9 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Stephon Tuitt Pit Back injury W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Allen Bailey KC MCL sprain W9 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Solomon Thomas SF MCL sprain W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Linebackers Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Denzel Perryman LAC Ankle ligament reconstruction PS W2 Designated to Return W8 / Not on Active Roster Week-to-Week | W10 Return Now practicing
B.J. Goodson NYG Ankle injury W9 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Kevin Minter Cin Right elbow injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Duke Riley Atl  Knee injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Joe Thomas GB Ankle injury W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
John Timu Chi High ankle sprain W5 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks  
Defensive Backs Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Earl Thomas Sea Hamstring strain W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jason McCourty  Cle Ankle injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Ronald Darby Phi Subtalar dislocation W1 Week-to-Week 6-8+ Weeks | W11 Return  
Kenny Vaccaro NO Groin injury W9 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Jabrill Peppers Cle Toe injury W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
E.J. Gaines Buf Hamstring strain W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Stephon Gilmore NE Concussion W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
David Amerson Oak Foot injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Brent Grimes TB Shoulder injury / ? aggravation W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jaquiski Tartt SF Fractured arm W9 Out for Season Out for Season  

INJURED PLAYERS NOT ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Notable Quarterbacks on PUP/NFI/IR
Quarterback Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Aaron Rodgers GB Right clavicle fracture W6 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | W15+ Return  
Carson Palmer Ari Left arm fracture W7 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W16 | W16+ Return  
Andrew Luck Ind Right shoulder labrum repair Mid January IR 2018 Return  
Deshaun Watson Hou   W9 IR 2018 Return  
Ryan Tannehill Mia Left ACL reconstruction Mid August IR 2018 Return  
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  
Robert Turbin Ind Elbow dislocation W6 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 8+ Weeks  
Dalvin Cook Min Left ACL tear W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Darren Sproles Phi Left ACL tear | Right arm fracture W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 2018 Return  
Chris Carson Sea Left high ankle sprain / fibula fracture W4 IR -Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 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  
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 | Month-to-Month  
Kevin White Chi Left scapula fracture W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 8+ Wks  
Odell Beckham NYG Left high ankle sprain w/ fibula fracture W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Allen Robinson Jac Left ACL tear W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 2018 Return  
Brandon Marshall NYG Left medial ankle sprain W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Chris Conley KC Left Achilles tear W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Dwayne Harris NYG Metatarsal fracture W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Pierre Garcon SF Cervical neck fracture W9 IR 2018 Return  
Julian Edelman NE ACL tear PS W4 IR 6-9 Months | 2018 Return  
Cameron Meredith Chi ACL/MCL tear PS W4 IR 6-9 Months | 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 Targeting W12 Return
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  
Tyler Eifert Cin Back injury W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
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
Mike Iupati Ari Elbow surgery PS IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 8+ Weeks  
Zach Strief NO MCL sprain aggravation W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 6+ Weeks  
Jack Mewhort Ind Knee surgery W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Jason Peters Phi Right torn ACL / MCL W7 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W16 | 2018 Return  
Joe Thomas Cle Torn triceps tendon W7 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W16 | 2018 Return  
Marshal Yanda Bal Ankle fracture W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Matt Slauson LAC Torn biceps W7 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W16 | 2018 Return  
Deyshawn Bond Ind Quadriceps tendon tear W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Weston Richburg NYG Concussion W4 IR 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
J.J. Watt Hou Right tibial plateau fracture fixation W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Whitney Mercilus Hou Pectoral tendon tear W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Cliff Avril Sea Brachial plexus injury W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 2018 Return  
Noah Spence TB Shoulder labrum repair W7 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W16 | 2018 Return  
Markus Golden Ari ACL tear W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
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  
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  
Arik Armstead SF Fractured hand W6 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 8 Weeks  
Haloti Ngata Det Biceps tear W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Jonathan Allen Was Lisfranc sprain W6 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 8+ 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 Pectoral tendon tear W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | Month-to-Month  
Dont'a Hightower NE Pectoral tendon tear W7 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W16 | 2018 Return  
Mason Foster Was Shoulder labrum repair W7 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W16 | 2018 Return   
Alex Anzalone NO Shoulder dislocation W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Jordan Hicks Phi Achilles tear W8 IR 2018 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 Activated off PUP Eligible W7 | Month-to-Month Returned to practice pre-W8
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 ACL reconstruction W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Jimmie Ward SF Forearm fracture W8 IR 2018 Return  
Malik Hooker Ind ACL / MCL tear W7 Out for Season 2018 Return  
Sidney Jones Phi Achilles repair March 2017 NFI 2018 Return  

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