Monday Injury Rounds: Week 14

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.


Doug Martin | Left Leg injury | Awaiting Information

Martin was bent backward over his lower body in the middle of a pile. There was only one view of his injury and the mechanism of injury wasn't visible. Martin appeared to be favoring his left leg on the way off the field. There are multiple potential injuries here -- from relatively minor ankle sprains to more concerning high ankle sprains and MCL sprains that commonly occur when a player's leg is wrenched underneath him in a pile. I'll update with any news through the day on Monday.

Julio Jones | Left Leg Injury | Day-to-Day

Jones has been fighting lower leg injuries -- from ankle sprains to knee contusions to calf strains -- since the preseason. It looked like Jones tweaked his left foot or ankle on a late third quarter touchdown run by Devonta Freeman. He was later seen trying to plant and push off on the sideline, returned briefly but only sparingly. Jones dealt with multiple left ankle sprains earlier this season. His previous foot surgeries were on his right foot. Jones was dressed and talking to reporters optimistically after the game and the team called it a "lower leg injury." For now, expect limited practice this week but Jones sounds likely to play.

Monday Update: The Falcons told reporters that Jones has a turf toe injury. There was no additional information given about the severity of the sprain but reports around Atlanta continue to sound positive for this week. I'll update after Wednesday's practice participation report.

Danny Amendola | high ankle sprain | week-to-WEek

Amendola likely suffered a high ankle sprain. He did not return to the game. The next 24-48 hours will be telling for Amendola but it's likely he'll miss at least one week.

Others of note: Mohamed Sanu left the game with a groin strain. Jamison Crowder suffered a hip pointer. Dewayne Washington reportedly has an ankle injury. Adam Humphries suffered a concussion.


A.J. Green | Hamstring Strain | Week-to-Week 

There were two pieces of actionable information reported on Green this week. The first -- Green's strain is a Grade 2 injury -- isn't surprising and was expected based on the early evidence and recovery to date. The second -- Green says he'll return to play whenever he's healthy regardless of the team's playoff chances -- is important. Mid-grade hamstring injuries often take 4-6 weeks of rehab. Green's injury occurred in Week 11, which makes it possible he could return to a productive role as early as Week 15. Watch Green's practice participation closely. If all continues to go smoothly and there are no setbacks as he returns to individual drills, Green may be back this year.

Jordan Reed | AC sprain | Week-to-Week

Washington did not clear Reed for contact last week. Reed's injury is high grade and involves multiple ligament tears that will not fully heal for 4-6 weeks. As noted last week, though, Reed's return to play will be based on his strength, range of motion, and soreness. Practice participation will inform whether Reed will try to return this week or continue to rest and rehab. Consider him questionable for now.

Rob Gronkowski | Herniated disc / Microdiscectomy | Injured Reserve

Gronkowski's injury was revealed to be more concerning than back spasms last week. Diagnosed with the third symptomatic disc herniation since college, Gronkowski has now reportedly had three surgeries at two different levels of his lumbar spine. Though his injury should not be considered career-ending, multiple disc surgeries at adjacent levels of the spine should raise concern about a shortened career for Gronkowski. Though he could be cleared for football-related activity in 6-8 weeks, it often takes much longer for players to recover core muscle strength. Gronkowski has fully recovered from similar surgeries in the past and an uneventful rehab should have him ready in advance of training camp next year.

Trevor Siemian | Foot injury | Week-to-Week

The Broncos suggested last week that Siemian would return to practice by the end of the week and have a chance to play. That didn't happen and a closer look at Siemian's injury last week was concerning for a midfoot injury. Though not consistent with a Lisfranc injury, a plantar plate injury is possible and would keep Siemian out multiple weeks. We should know more soon.

Others of note: Adrian Peterson (meniscus repair) and Ameer Abdullah (foot surgery) continue to rehab injuries but have yet to be officially designated to return. Shane Vereen (triceps tear) and Charles Sims (knee injury) both have a good chance of returning to the active roster this week. Jordan Matthews (ankle sprain) and Marvin Jones Jr (thigh injury) were close to playing this week but declared inactive. Julius Thomas has missed two full weeks of practice with an unspecified back injury.  I'll update with more on Monday if the return to play expectation for any of these players changes.

Quarterbacks Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Trevor Siemian Foot sprain W12 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Cody Kessler Concussion W11 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Robert Griffin III Left AC sprain / Coracoid fracture W1 Returned to practice Week-to-Week  
Running Backs Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Doug Martin Leg injury W13 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
C.J. Prosise Scapula injury W11 Multiple weeks 4-6+ Weeks  
Ryan Mathews MCL sprain W11 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Chris Ivory Hamstring strain W12 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Charles Sims Knee injury W4 Returned to practice Day-to-Day  
DeAngelo Williams Knee surgery W9 2-4 Weeks Week-to-Week  
Wide Receivers Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Julio Jones Toe sprain W13 No timetable given Day-to-Day  
A.J. Green Hamstring strain W11 Week-to-Week 4+ Weeks Possible W15 return 
Jeremy Maclin Groin strain W8 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Jordan Matthews Ankle sprain W12 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Marvin Jones Jr Quad strain W12 No timetable given Day-to-Day  
Danny Amendola High ankle sprain W13 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Eddie Royal Toe sprain W12 aggravation No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Robert Woods Knee sprain W11 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Tight Ends Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jordan Reed AC sprain W12 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Julius Thomas Back injury W11 No timetable given Day-to-Day  
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
Jay Cutler Shoulder injury W11 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Brian Hoyer Forearm fracture W7 IR / 8+ Weeks 2017 Return  
Geno Smith ACL tear W7 IR 2017 Return  
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 2017 Return Ineligible to return in 2017
Jamaal Charles Arthroscopic knee surgery W9 IR 2017 Return Eligible to return W17
Gio Bernard ACL tear W11 IR 2017 Return  
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  
Chris Johnson Core abdominal strain / surgery W4 IR 2017 Return Ineligible to return in 2017
Shane Vereen Triceps tear W3 IR / 2 Months 2017 Return Practicing / Eligible to return
Darren McFadden Right elbow fracture Early Jun 2015 NFI / 2-3 Months 2017 Return Activated off NFI in W12
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  
Eric Decker Rotator cuff strain / Labral tear W3 IR / 2017 2017 Return  
Kevin White High ankle sprain / fibula fracture W4 IR 2017 Return  
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  
Markus Wheaton Shoulder injury Preseason IR 2017 Return  
Notable Tight Ends on PUP/NFI/IR
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Rob Gronkowski Back injury W12 IR 2017 Return  
Zach Miller Foot fracture W11 IR 2017 Return  
Jacob Tamme Shoulder injury W8 IR 2017 Return  
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.