Monday Injury Rounds: Week 13

Thoughts on Week 11 injuries to Greg Olsen, C.J. Beathard, Paxton Lynch, and others, with updates on Aaron Rodgers, David Johnson, Devonta Freeman, 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

Greg Olsen | Foot soreness | Week-to-Week

Olsen told reporters he felt soreness in his surgically-repaired foot in the first half, tried to warm up without success after halftime, and was ultimately shut down for the day. After the game, Ron Rivera told reporters x-rays on Olsen's foot were negative. Olsen said he felt capable of coming back but wasn't "quite exactly where it needed to be to play in the NFL." Though fixed with a surgical screw, Olsen's bone hasn't yet fully healed and won't be fully healed for many weeks. Still, players are frequently cleared to play within 12 weeks of this surgery. Soreness is expected but caution is still required. The Panthers will send Olsen for an MRI but don't expect to find a season-ending setback. Expect Olsen to be limited in practice this week. Carolina has already shown caution with Olsen and will continue to do so. There's a chance Olsen will play in Week 13 but expect him to be a game-time decision and limited if active.

***Monday Update: Olsen will have his foot imaged and re-examined by his surgeon today. There's still optimism Olsen will return quickly but the results of today's evaluation will provide more information. I'll update when more is reported.

***Monday Update: Olsen's re-evaluation was reassuring. Ian Rapoport tweeted Olsen's foot was "deemed okay." The Panthers have yet to say whether Olsen will practice this week.

Matthew Stafford | Right low ankle sprain | Day-to-Day | Week 13 Return

Stafford returned to the game after rolling his right ankle. He may be limited in practice this week but Stafford routinely plays through pain. Barring a surprise, expect Stafford to start in Week 13.

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