Injury Expectations | Thursday Update | Week 9

A review of the late week practice report


***It was a brutal Thursday afternoon. Deshaun Watson was added to the Houston injury report with a knee injury and shortly after reported to have suffered a torn ACL. His 2017 season is over. If the tear is isolated and there are no associated injuries, Watson could avoid the PUP list next summer with a smooth and successful rehab. Watson tore the opposite ACL in college.

***The 49ers will be placing Pierre Garcon on injured reserve with a fracture in his cervical spine. Fractures around the neck are always concerning but Garcon's injury is a stable injury to only one part of the ring of the spine and there are no displaced fragments. The early reports have Garcon missing 8-10 weeks and do not suggest a career-ending injury. Hopefully, that proves accurate.

***Zach Ertz was added to the injury report with a hamstring injury today. He was asked about the injury in the locker room after practice. On one occasion, Ertz said he wasn't sure of the severity of the injury. Another reporter described the interaction as a brief and mumbled response. It's too early to know whether Ertz will miss this week's game but the early notes don't look promising. It's not clear whether the Eagles plan to get an MRI or wait and see how Ertz responds overnight. Consider him a game-time decision at best until tomorrow's practice participation and media interviews.


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