Monday Injury Rounds: Week 16

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.


Lamar Miller | Ankle sprain | Day-to-Day

Miller suffered yet another late fourth quarter ankle injury. Despite Miller's insistence he'd be available this week, the mechanism on this one is more worrisome than the others. Although Miller's foot was in the air rather than planted, the tackle forced his ankle to rotate in a way consistent with a high ankle sprain. It wasn't a particularly violent mechanism but it's possible Miller misses practice midweek and is considered a game-time decision for the Texans' game on Saturday night.

Ladarius Green | Concussion | Week-to-Week

Green has a history of multiple week recoveries after a concussion. While no two concussions are alike, players with history of prolonged recovery are often treated more conservatively. The Steelers don't share information on injuries often, so practice participation will likely be our guide. If Green isn't back to a limited practice by Thursday, it's likely he'll sit this week.

Jared Goff | Concussion | Day-to-Day

Goff is also in the return to play protocol after a concussion on Sunday.

Austin Hooper | Knee sprain | Week-to-Week

There were no replays of Hooper's left knee injury, which occurred when an offensive lineman landed on his lower body while blocking. His immediate reaction and inability to bear weight are concerning signs for a higher grade injury. The team did not update Hooper's condition after the game. It's likely he'll have an MRI on Monday.



It's now been two consecutive weeks of no practice for Jones for a toe injury the Falcons have been insisting is minor. After suggesting Jones would "push it" on Friday, he did not get on the practice field at all. While it's possible Jones was close to playing and the Falcons decided to remain cautious, there's reason for concern. In order to feel comfortable that Jones isn't at high risk of aggravation and limitation this week, I'd like to see him on the practice field multiple days this week.


Green wasn't ready to return in Week 15. He had progressed well in rehab and been cleared to return to practice just three weeks into his recovery from a mid-grade hamstring strain. But three limited practices were not enough to be certain Green could play without high risk of aggravation. And Green had been clear he would not return until fully healthy. With the Bengals now eliminated from the playoffs, it's fair to wonder if Green will risk returning this season. During the television broadcast, it was implied that Green said he'd return this week. We'll see if that proves accurate. If Green is back practicing on Wednesday it's a clear sign he's planning to play.


Gordon's hip injury was not as severe as it could have been but his knee sprain kept him from practicing last week. MCL sprains are tough for running backs to play through, however, and Gordon won't be assured of returning unless we see him return to practice by midweek.

Ryan Tannehill | ACL sprain / MCL sprain | 4-6 Weeks

Despite lots of discussion on Twitter this week about the severity of Tannehill's ACL sprain and appropriate excitement that his ACL injury didn't require immediate surgery, the associated MCL sprain means his knee joint is loose in multiple directions and therefore unstable. It'll take at least four weeks for either ligament sprain to heal -- and likely longer. The Dolphins will keep Tannehill on the active roster to leave the possibility for a playoff return open. But Tannehill's regular season is over.

Others of note: Donte Moncrief (hamstring), Theo Riddick (wrist), James Starks (concussion), Shane Vereen (concussion), and C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) continue to rehab injuries. I'll update with any news after Monday's press conferences and again on Wednesday's practice report. DeAngelo Williams (meniscus trim) had swelling during pregame on Sunday and was inactive.

Quarterbacks Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jared Goff Concussion W15 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Bryce Petty Chest injury W15 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Ryan Tannehill ACL sprain / MCL sprain W14 Week-to-Week 2017 Return  
Running Backs Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Melvin Gordon III Hip injury / MCL sprain W14 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Lamar Miller Ankle sprain W15 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Darren Sproles Concussion W14 No timetable given Day-to-Day  
Theo Riddick Wrist injury W13 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Shane Vereen Triceps tear W15 Likely IR 2017 Return  
James Starks Concussion W14 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
C.J. Prosise Scapula injury W11 Multiple weeks 4-6+ Weeks  
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 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
A.J. Green Hamstring strain W11 Week-to-Week 4+ Weeks (Target W15+)  
Donte Moncrief Hamstring strain W14 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Terrelle Pryor Finger sprain W15 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Danny Amendola High ankle sprain W13 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Eddie Royal Toe sprain W12 aggravation IR 2017 Return  
Torrey Smith Concussion W14 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
Tight Ends Injured But on the Active Roster
Player Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Ladarius Green Concussion W15 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
C.J. Fiedorowicz Concussion W14 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Austin Hooper Knee injury W15 No timetable given Week-to-Week  
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
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 Return  
Chris Johnson Core abdominal strain / surgery W4 IR 2017 Return Ineligible to return in 2017
Wendell Smallwood Knee sprain W14 IR IR | 2017 Return  
Keith Marshall Left UCL sprain PS W3 IR 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  
Marquess Wilson Groin strain W13 IR 2017 Return  
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 surgery W12 IR 2017 Return  
Zach Miller Foot fracture W11 IR 2017 Return  
Julius Thomas Back injury W11 IR 2017 Return 2017 Return
Vance McDonald Shoulder injury W14 Injured Reserve 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.