Monday Injury Rounds: Week 14

Thoughts on Week 13 injuries to Dak Prescott, Matthew Stafford, and others, with updates on Aaron Rodgers, Greg Olsen, Jordan Reed, 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

Matthew Stafford | Right Hand Contusion | day-to-Day

Dak Prescott | Hand contusion | Day-to-Day

Television replays of the hand injuries suffered by Stafford and Prescott were striking. But, while the area on the back of the hand was swollen and painful, these injuries won't be a major concern. The back of the hand is one of the areas on the body notorious for swelling quickly and dramatically. If x-rays are negative and the player has enough grip strength to play his position, it's a "looks worse than it is" injury. That should prove to be the case with both Stafford and Prescott. Both reportedly have no bony injury and should be able to return to practice after early week treatment and rest.

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