Monday Injury Rounds: Week 16

Reviewing injuries to Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Rex Burkhead, Davante Adams, and many others with updates on Andrew Luck, David Johnson, Carson Wentz, Leonard Fournette, 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

Antonio Brown | Calf strain | week-to-Week | Possible playoff return

Brown was leg-whipped in the end zone on Sunday with his leg elevated. The Steelers initially reported Brown's injury as a calf bruise, then told the media Brown required hospital evaluation. Multiple reports followed that Brown's testing was reassuring and he sustained a partially torn calf muscle.

It would be unusual -- even for a star football player -- to be immediately transported to a hospital to look for a fracture not seen on x-ray or for an MRI to evaluate soft tissue structures. Those are not emergent conditions. Most likely, given the initial diagnosis of a bruise, the Steelers' medical staff was worried about rapidly increasing swelling and pain in the area. That can be a sign of a condition called compartment syndrome, in which bleeding in one location of the lower leg increases pressure in a small area and threatens to cut off blood supply to the area. That's an emergency and did not prove to be a concern here.

However, Brown may not be out of the woods. The mechanism of injury is odd for a torn calf muscle. The early timetable on Brown has ruled him out for the regular season. If he has a partially torn calf muscle, it could well be a 4-8 week injury. There are no guarantees Brown will be available for a playoff game, even if Pittsburgh claims a bye week.

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