Monday Injury Rounds: Week 11

Making rounds on this week's injuries with followup on long term injury concerns

NOTE: This column is a living document. 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. I'll also be retweeting any 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.

Scroll to the bottom of this article for a quick look table of the week's most pressing injury situations and a review of the skill position players on injured reserve / PUP / NFI.


This column was refreshingly and thankfully light last week. Though there were multiple long-term injuries to offensive lineman -- Kyle Long (CHI -- high grade high ankle sprain), Jake Long (MIN -- Achilles), Branden Albert (MIA - dislocated wrist), T.J. Lang (GB -- ankle) -- it was another quiet week for the rest of the offensive huddle.

Jordan Howard | Ankle Injury | Awaiting Information

Howard limped off the field after what looked to be a right foot or ankle injury. The lone television angle showed Howard in an awkward position as he was tackled on his final carry but no obvious mechanism of injury. He was favoring his right leg on a play action on the following play and didn't return. John Fox told reporters after the game that Howard had suffered an ankle or Achilles injury. Howard told reporters he had "tightness" and wasn't worried about the injury. I'll take a closer look on the All-22 views later this week. Unless this proves to be a season-ending injury, the Bears aren't likely to provide much more information.

Larry Fitzgerald | Knee injury | Awaiting Information

Fitzgerald is reportedly scheduled for an MRI on his sore knee on Monday. Already fighting knee issues, Fitzgerald took multiple tough hits. A San Francisco defensive back told reporters Fitzgerald told him  he was worried that he'd torn something. That's not a lot to go on obviously. I'll be following reports on Monday and hoping for positive news on Fitzgerald's imaging studies.

Lamar Miller | Shoulder / Ankle injury | Day-to-Day

Miller left the game in the first half with what was reportedly a minor ankle injury. After returning, he was seen on the sideline being evaluated with a likely aggravation of the shoulder injury that's plagued him for a couple of weeks. Miller finished the game but it looks like he could be limited for a few plays with his shoulder injury in future weeks.


There's not much to note on the players in this section this week. We're left to wait for player or team updates and to see what the midweek practice participation notes say.

Jacquizz Rodgers | Foot sprain | Week-to-Week

Rodgers reportedly was cleared to come out of the walking boot this week but has yet to practice. There's a chance he could return this week but he'll likely need at least one more week of rehab.

Tevin Coleman | Hamstring strain | Week-to-Week

Coleman hasn't practiced in three weeks. Running backs will usually need a week of limited practice to recondition before being cleared for a full return. If the Falcons take this approach, Coleman's earliest return would be Week 12. If Coleman returns to a full practice by Thursday, it'll be a clear sign Atlanta plans to use him this week.

Thomas Rawls | Fibula fracture | Day-to-Day

Rawls fully practiced last Friday and Pete Carroll has said that the Seahawks have been targeting this week for his return. Christine Michael played through a late week hamstring strain and C.J. Prosise is carving out a larger role in the offense, so it's unlikely Rawls will immediately see a significant number of touches.

Jeremy Maclin | Groin strain | Week-to-Week

Maclin did not practice last week after aggravating a groin strain in Week 9. We'll find out early this week whether last week's absence was mostly precautionary or evidence that Maclin has a higher grade injury.

Travis Benjamin | PCL sprain | Week-to-Week

The Chargers chose to hold Benjamin out of practice last week and their Week 10 game after he experienced more soreness in his sprained knee in Week 9. Benjamin has been told surgery isn't indicated and will have the team's Week 11 bye to continue to rehab and recover.

DeSean Jackson | Rotator cuff strain | Week-to-Week

Jackson had been playing through pain for some time but was not able to play last week. Most reports suggest Jackson will need more than one week to rehab. As we saw with Eric Decker earlier in the year, rehabbing borderline cuff strains is often unsuccessful. The schedule will complicate the decision-making process here. Washington is home on Sunday night this week and then has a quick turnaround to play in Dallas on Thanksgiving in Week 13. 

Will Fuller V | Knee injury | Day-to-Day

Fuller was inactive last week. Three limited practice and reports that Fuller was a game-time decision reassure about his potential to return in Week 11. The Texans play on Monday night this week, which will give Fuller an extra day to rehab.

Quarterbacks Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ryan Fitzpatrick MCL sprain W9 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Tony Romo L1 compression fracture PS W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Running Backs Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Lamar Miller Shoulder / Ankle W7 / W10 Awaiting Information Day-to-Day  
Jacquizz Rodgers Foot sprain W8 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Tevin Coleman Hamstring strain W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Falcons have W11 bye
Dion Lewis Patella fracture / surgery PS W3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Thomas Rawls Fibula fracture W2 Week-to-Week Target W11+  
DeAngelo Williams Knee surgery W9 2-4 Weeks 3-6 Weeks  
Wide Receivers Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Larry Fitzgerald Knee W10 MRI pending Day-to-Day  
Jeremy Maclin Groin strain W8 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Travis Benjamin PCL sprain W6 No timetable given Week-to-Week Chargers have W11 bye 
DeSean Jackson Rotator cuff strain W9 (recur) Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Will Fuller V Knee injury W9 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Victor Cruz Ankle injury W9 No timetable given Awaiting Information  
Tight Ends Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jacob Tamme Shoulder injury W8 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jared Cook High ankle sprain W4 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks (Target W10)  
Notable Quarterbacks on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Teddy Bridgewater Left knee dislocation/ACL tear/+ Late August IR / 2017 9-12 Mo + (2017) Associated damage key
Brian Hoyer Forearm fracture W7 IR / 8+ Weeks 2017 Return  
Robert Griffin III III Left AC sprain / Coracoid fracture W1 IR / 10-12 Weeks 2017 Return  
Geno Smith ACL tear W7 IR Out for Season  
Notable Running Backs on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Adrian Peterson Right knee meniscus tear / surgery W2 IR / 3-4 Months 2017 Return Eligible to return W10
C.J. Anderson Meniscus tear / surgery W7 IR / Month-to-Month 2017 Return Chance at NFL playoff return
Eddie Lacy Ankle sprain / surgery W6 IR / 8+ Weeks Chance of 2016 Return Eligible to return W14
Jamaal Charles Arthroscopic knee surgery W9 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W17
Ameer Abdullah Left foot sprain W2 IR / 8-10 Weeks 2017 Return Eligible to return W10
Danny Woodhead Right ACL tear W2 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Charles Sims Knee injury W4 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W12
Chris Johnson Core abdominal strain / surgery W4 IR Chance of 2016 Return Eligible to return W12
Shane Vereen Triceps tear W3 IR / 2 Months 2017 Return Eligible to return W13
Darren McFadden Right elbow fracture Early Jun 2015 NFI / 2-3 Months 2017 Return Eligible to return
Keith Marshall Left UCL sprain PS W3 IR / 3-4 Weeks 2017 Return Eligible to return
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Keenan Allen Right ACL tear W1 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Sammy Watkins Fifth metatarsal fracture W4 IR / Chance to return 2016 2017 Return Eligible to return W12
Eric Decker Rotator cuff strain / Labral tear W3 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Kevin White High ankle sprain / fibula fracture W4 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W12
Vincent Jackson ACL sprain W7 IR 2017 Return  
Josh Doctson Achilles tendinitis W7 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W15
Bruce Ellington Hamstring strain PS W3 IR / 2+ Months 2017 Return  
Notable Tight Ends on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jordan Cameron Concussion W3 IR 2017 Return vs Retire  

I'll be updating this feature throughout the day. Footballguys Insiders will get a full update from Craig Zumsteg with additional fantasy perspectives on Wednesday and analysis of the week's game-time decisions early Sunday morning. Follow me on Twitter @JeneBramel for breaking injury news and analysis throughout the week.