Monday Injury Rounds: Week 8

Full review of injuries around the league with expanded thoughts on Carson Palmer, Leonard Fournette, Andrew Luck, and others

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

Carson Palmer | Fractured arm | 8+ Weeks

Bruce Arians didn't leave much doubt about Palmer's diagnosis after the game, telling reporters Palmer fractured his arm and would have surgery on Monday. Arians gave an initial timetable of eight weeks. If the timetable doesn't change after surgery, expect the Cardinals to strongly consider injured reserve for Palmer. 

Delanie Walker | Right Ankle sprain | Week-to-Week

Walker twisted his foot and ankle underneath a tackler but his mechanism of injury was not consistent with a midfoot sprain or high ankle sprain. His mechanism was violent, however, and he was seen on crutches after the game. The Titans have a bye week coming which should help Walker to recover without missed games. Expect Walker to have an MRI on Monday to further define his injury.

***Monday Update: Mike Mularkey told reporters Walker's injury was more of a bone bruise than a sprain. That doesn't necessarily change the week-to-week timetable or expectation. A painful injury, Walker will need to let the healing progress over the bye week. Consider him hopeful but questionable for Week 9.

Joe Thomas | Tricep injury | Out for Season

Thomas will have an MRI on Monday but it's rare for suspicions of a season-ending tricep tear to be contradicted by imaging studies. Thomas will miss multiple weeks even if the MRI is more reassuring than expected.

***Monday Update: An MRI confirmed Thomas' triceps tendon was torn. He'll have surgery and face 5-6 months of rehab.

Jay Cutler | Cracked ribs | Week-to-Week

Cutler reportedly suffered more than one cracked rib yesterday. The Dolphins play on Thursday night this week, which essentially rules Cutler out. Whether Cutler is able to return in Week 9 will depend on pain tolerance and mobility.

Others of Note: Mike Wallace suffered a concussion and will likely miss Thursday night's game. Ryan Kelly (hamstring), Trai Turner (knee), Cam Robinson (ankle), Larry Warford (abdomen) are all in danger of missing time.


FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS

Leonard Fournette | Right ankle sprain | Day-to-Day

Unlike the DeMarco Murray and the Titans, the Jaguars chose to use their Week 8 bye for additional rehab and recovery for their lead running back. Fournette was cleared to return last week and told reporters he expected to play midweek. However, his ankle didn't respond as well as hoped on Thursday and Friday and Fournette could not convince the Jacksonville medical staff to clear him to play. With two additional weeks of recovery time, there's a good chance Fournette returns to his pre-injury workload in Week 9.

Andrew Luck | right shoulder labrum repair | Week-to-Week | Week 14+ return

Here's what I wrote on Wednesday after news of Luck's cortisone shot was reported:

***Andrew Luck needed a steroid injection to address inflammation in his shoulder this week. Though Luck's rehab and recovery have progressed more slowly than hoped, this is the first known setback in the process. But this isn't a new issue. Luck didn't wake up on Wednesday, report new soreness, and have a cortisone injection on the same day. This issue has been present for days, and possibly weeks.

It's a significant setback for his chances of playing this season. He was arguably 2-3 weeks from playing before today's news. He'll now need at least one week, and likely two weeks, of rest while the medical staff re-evaluates his progress after the injection. He'll then step back to where he was two weeks ago with a slow progression of return to practice. Do the math and Luck's earliest possible return could be six weeks from now. And that's if he progresses smoothly from today's treatment.

Realistically, I think Luck is a longshot to return in 2017. For months, the Colts have refused to put a timetable on Luck's recovery. I find it odd that Chris Ballard continued to say Luck has no timetable for return -- but told reporters definitively that injured reserve was not a consideration. All involved have been very cautious through this process. I see no reason to rush by a week or two at the end of the season. If Luck's recovery progresses perfectly from this point and if the Colts remain in contention and if Jacoby Brissett has an unexpected hiccup along the way -- we could see Luck after Week 14. More likely, the team decides to continue the strengthening program during the offseason.

There are two other important questions still unanswered here. Why does Luck have inflammation in the shoulder joint? What's the likelihood Luck will return to his pre-injury form in 2018? Those questions are outside the scope of today's feature. I'll address them in depth in next Monday's injury rounds feature. The short version is this: While there's still a chance Luck can return to form, there is reason for concern that this is more than routine post-operative soreness and Luck isn't guaranteed a full recovery.

I discussed Luck's situation with RotoViz contributor and upper extremity specialist Dr. Jeff Budoff last week. He thought there were multiple possible reasons for Luck's soreness. Noting that a posterior labrum repair can be a technically difficult surgical procedure, Budoff wondered about lingering cartilage issues, persistent laxity in the shoulder joint, or shoulder tightness that was slow to respond to rehab. All would cause soreness and inflammation in the joint. All would require more deliberate rehab. And all could make a full return to form difficult. There's no way to know for certain if Luck is dealing with one of these anatomic considerations but it seems unlikely Luck would require a joint injection for mild soreness this late in his rehab program.

The Colts would like to see Luck healthy enough to play in a game in 2017. To meet that goal, further rehab will have to go perfectly -- and that hasn't been the case since January.

Stefon Diggs | Groin strain | Week-to-Week

Diggs has frequently said his groin strain isn't as severe as last season -- when he missed multiple weeks. But, as we've discussed on our live podcasts and I've written here, that doesn't mean this strain isn't severe enough to limit him for multiple weeks. Diggs is now facing travel to London to face Cleveland in Week 8 and a Vikings' bye in Week 9. He's yet to practice after his most recent injury. If he's not working in some capacity on Wednesday, we could see Minnesota leave him stateside and rest him through their Week 9 bye.

Others of Note: Luke Kuechly managed a limited Friday practice but remains in the concussion protocol. I'll be watching the early week press conferences and midweek practice participation reports for more information on Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, DeVante Parker, Sterling Shepard, Willie Snead IV. Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are not expected back until after Minnesota's Week 9 bye. Bridgewater is likely closer to returning than Bradford. C.J. Prosise was active but on the field for only one play before his day ended. 


INJURED PLAYERS ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Quarterbacks Injured | On the Active Roster
Quarterback Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Carson Palmer Ari Left arm fracture W7 8+ Weeks 8+ Weeks  
Jay Cutler Mia Cracked ribs W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Unlikely for TNF W8
Sam Bradford Min Left knee bone bruise W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W10+ Return  
Andrew Luck Ind Right shoulder labrum repair Mid January Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W14+ Return  
Teddy Bridgewater Min Left knee dislocation / Multi-ligament repair August 2016 Activated / Practicing Week-to-Week | W10+ Return  
Running Backs Injured | On the Active Roster
Running Back Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Leonard Fournette Jac Right ankle sprain W6 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Terrance West Bal Calf strain | aggravation W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
C.J. Prosise Sea Ankle sprain W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Wendell Smallwood Phi Knee swelling W4 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Andre Ellington Ari Quad contusion W6 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Paul Perkins NYG Rib injury W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Rex Burkhead NE Rib injury W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Dwayne Washington Det Quad injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Wide Receivers Injured | On the Active Roster
Wide Receiver Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Stefon Diggs Min Groin strain W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Emmanuel Sanders Den Right ankle sprain W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W8+ Return  
Golden Tate Det Right AC sprain W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
DeVante Parker Mia Right ankle sprain W5 Day-to-Day Week-to-Week  
Sterling Shepard NYG Left ankle sprain W5 1-2 Weeks Week-to-Week  
Willie Snead IV NO Hamstring strain PS Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jeremy Maclin Bal Shoulder injury W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Mike Wallace Bal Concussion W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week TNF in W8, likely out 
Breshad Perriman Bal Concussion W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Kenny Golladay Det Hamstring strain W3 Week-to-Week 2-4 Weeks | W8 Return  
Corey Davis Ten Hamstring strain W2 Week-to-Week 4-6 Weeks | W7+ Return  
Michael Floyd Min Hamstring strain W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Tyler Boyd Cin MCL sprain W5 Multiple Weeks 4-6 Weeks  
John Ross Cin Knee injury W2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Tight Ends Injured | On the Active Roster
Tight End Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Delanie Walker Ten Right ankle bone bruise W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Charles Clay Buf Left MCL sprain / meniscus injury W5 Multiple Weeks 4-6+ Weeks  
Maxx Williams Bal Ankle injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Offensive Line Injured | On the Active Roster
Offensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Joe Thomas Cle Torn triceps tendon W7 Out for Season 2018 Return  
Ryan Kelly Ind Hamstring strain W7 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Ryan Kalil Car Neck injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Marcus Gilbert Pit Hamstring strain aggravation W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
T.J. Lang Det Back injury W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Trai Turner Car Left knee injury W7 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Cam Robinson Jac Left ankle injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Menelik Watson Den Calf W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Greg Robinson Det Ankle injury W6 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Larry Warford NO Abdominal strain W7 Multiple Weeks 4-6+ Weeks  
Matt Slauson LAC Torn biceps W7 Out for Season 2018 Return  
Chris Clark Hou Calf injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Trent Brown SF Concussion W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Laremy Tunsil Mia Knee injury W7 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Hroniss Grasu Chi Hand injury W3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif KC Left MCL sprain W4 Week-to-Week  3-4 Weeks  
Mitch Morse KC Midfoot sprain W2 Week-to-Week 4+ Weeks  
Brandon Linder Jac Illness W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Weston Richburg NYG  Concussion W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Brandon Shell NYJ Neck injury W7 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Justin Pugh NYG Back injury W7 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Nick Easton Min Calf injury W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Matt Skura Bal MCL sprain W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Luke Joeckel Sea Arthroscopic knee surgery W5 Week-to-Week 4+ Weeks  
Defensive Players Injured | On the Active Roster
Edge Players Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Olivier Vernon NYG Aggravated ankle sprain W4 Week-to-Week After W8 bye  
Shane Ray Den Wrist ligament repair Late July Designated to Return / Practicing Eligible W9 Expected to return W9
John Simon Ind Brachial plexus injury W7 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks  
Defensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Stephon Tuitt Pit Back injury W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Linebackers Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Luke Kuechly Car Concussion W6 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
Reuben Foster SF Rib injury W7 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day  
Denzel Perryman LAC Ankle ligament reconstruction PS W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | Month-to-Month Hopeful for return
Kevin Minter Cin Right elbow injury W7 Awaiting Information Awaiting Information  
Joe Thomas GB Ankle injury W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
John Timu Chi High ankle sprain W5 Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks  
Nick Kwiatkoski Chi Pectoral injury W2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Ramon Humber Buf Thumb injury W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Defensive Backs Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jason McCourty  Cle Ankle injury W7 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Morgan Burnett GB Hamstring strain W5 Week-to-Week 2-4 Weeks  
Ronald Darby Phi Subtalar dislocation W1 Week-to-Week 6-8+ Weeks | W9+ Return  
Kevin Johnson Hou MCL sprain W2 4-6 Weeks 4-6 Weeks  
Josh Norman Was Rib fracture / Pneumothorax W4 4 Weeks 3-4+ Weeks  
Malik Hooker Ind ACL / MCL tear W7 Out for Season 2018 Return  
Jabrill Peppers Cle Toe injury W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Glover Quin Det Concussion W6 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Jeremy Lane Sea Groin strain W4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
E.J. Gaines Buf Hamstring strain W7 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
Stephon Gilmore NE Concussion W5 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week  
Kurt Coleman Car Knee injury W4 Week-to-Week 2-4 Weeks  
Jordan Poyer Buf MCL sprain W7 Awaiting Information Week-to-Week  
Johnathan Cyprien Ten Hamstring strain W1 Week-to-Week 3-4+ Weeks  

INJURED PLAYERS NOT ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Notable Quarterbacks on PUP/NFI/IR
Quarterback Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Aaron Rodgers GB Right clavicle fracture W6 No timetable given 8+ Weeks | W14+ Return  
Ryan Tannehill Mia Left ACL reconstruction Mid August IR 2018 Return  
Chad Kelly Den Wrist surgery April 2017 NFI 2018 Return  
Notable Running Backs on PUP/NFI/IR
Running Back Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
David Johnson Ari Wrist dislocation W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 8-10+ Weeks  
Danny Woodhead Bal Hamstring strain W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 6-8+ Weeks Baltimore W10 bye
Robert Turbin Ind Elbow dislocation W6 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 8+ Weeks  
Dalvin Cook Min Left ACL tear W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Darren Sproles Phi Left ACL tear | Right arm fracture W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 2018 Return  
Chris Carson Sea Left high ankle sprain / fibula fracture W4 IR -Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Donnel Pumphrey Phi Hamstring strain W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Spencer Ware KC PCL / LCL sprain PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Kenneth Dixon Bal Meniscus repair Late July IR 2018 Return  
Joe Williams SF Ankle injury PS W5 IR 2018 Return  
Lance Dunbar LAR Complications Oct 2015 knee injury   PUP Eligible W7 | Awaiting information Seems unlikely to return in 2017
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP/NFI/IR
Wide Receiver Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Corey Coleman Cle Hand fracture fixation W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 6+ Weeks  
Malcolm Mitchell NE Knee injury PS IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Month-to-Month  
Kevin White Chi Left scapula fracture W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 8+ Wks  
Dede Westbrook Jac Core abdominal surgery W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 4-6 Weeks  
Odell Beckham NYG Left high ankle sprain w/ fibula fracture W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Allen Robinson Jac Left ACL tear W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 2018 Return  
Brandon Marshall NYG Left medial ankle sprain W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Chris Conley KC Left Achilles tear W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Dwayne Harris NYG Metatarsal fracture W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Julian Edelman NE ACL tear PS W4 IR 6-9 Months | 2018 Return  
Cameron Meredith Chi ACL/MCL tear PS W4 IR 6-9 Months | 2018 Return  
Quincy Enunwa NYJ Cervical discectomy and fusion Late August 2017 IR 6-9 Months | 2018 Return  
Carlos Henderson Den Left thumb ligament repair Mid-August 2017 IR 2018 Return  
Tajae Sharpe Ten Foot injury Chronic IR 2018 Return  
Notable Tight Ends on PUP/NFI/IR
Tight End Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Greg Olsen Car Foot fracture fixation W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 8-12 Weeks  
C.J. Fiedorowicz Hou Concussion W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | Week-to-Week  
Erik Swoope Ind Arthroscopic knee surgery PS W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Week-to-Week  
Rico Gathers Dal Concussion PS W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Week-to-Week  
Tyler Eifert Cin Back injury W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Crockett Gillmore Bal MCL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Jake Butt Den ACL reconstruction December 2016 NFI 2018 Return  
Notable Offensive Line on PUP/NFI/IR
Offensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Taylor Decker Det Shoulder labrum repair Early June PUP - Return Eligible Eligible W7 | Week-to-Week  
Mike Iupati Ari Elbow surgery PS IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 8+ Weeks  
Ted Larsen Mia Biceps injury PS W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | Month-to-Month  
Zach Strief NO MCL sprain aggravation W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 6+ Weeks  
Jack Mewhort Ind Knee surgery W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Denzelle Good Ind Wrist ligament repair W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | Week-to-Week  
Marshal Yanda Bal Ankle fracture W2 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Deyshawn Bond Ind Quadriceps tendon tear W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Josh Garnett SF Arthroscopic knee surgery Early August IR 2018 Return  
George Fant Sea ACL tear / likely multi-ligament injury PS W3 IR 2018 Return  
Alex Lewis Bal Shoulder labral tear PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Forrest Lamp LAC ACL tear Early August IR 2018 Return  
Nico Siragusa Bal Knee dislocation | ACL/MCL/PCL tear Early August IR 2018 Return  
Notable Defensive Players on PUP/NFI/IR
Edge Players Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
J.J. Watt Hou Right tibial plateau fracture fixation W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Whitney Mercilus Hou Pectoral tendon tear W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Cliff Avril Sea Brachial plexus injury W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 2018 Return  
Markus Golden Ari ACL tear W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Kerry Hyder Jr Det Left Achilles tear PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Trent Murphy Was ACL reconstruction / MCL sprain PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Derek Rivers NE ACL / LCL tear PS W3 IR  9-12 Months | 2018 Return  
Tamba Hali KC Undisclosed   IR Awaiting information  
Defensive Line Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jared Crick Den Back injury W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | 10-12 Weeks  
Arik Armstead SF Fractured hand W6 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 8 Weeks  
Haloti Ngata Det Biceps tear W5 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W14 | 2018 Return  
Jonathan Allen Was Lisfranc sprain W6 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W15 | 8+ Weeks  
Malik McDowell Sea Concussion / Facial injuries Late July NFI ? 2017 Return  
Dominique Easley LAR ACL reconstruction Early August IR 2018 Return  
Linebackers Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Jerrell Freeman Chi Concussion / Pectoral strain W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W10 | Month-to-Month  
Alex Anzalone NO Shoulder dislocation W4 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W13 | 2018 Return  
Raekwon McMillan Mia ACL reconstruction PS W2 IR 2018 Return  
Edwin Jackson Ind Undisclosed   IR 2018 Return  
Tank Carder Cle ACL reconstruction PS W4 IR 2018 Return  
Malcolm Smith SF Pectoral tendon tear PS W1 IR 2018 Return  
Defensive Backs Team Injury Date Player/Team Says FBGs Expects Notes
Clayton Geathers Ind Cervical discectomy / fusion Mid May PUP - Return Eligible Eligible W7 | Month-to-Month Chance for return
DeAngelo Hall Was ACL reconstruction September 2016 PUP - Return Eligible Eligible W7 | Week-to-Week Chance for return
Quintin Demps Chi Fractured arm W3 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W12 | 6-10+ Weeks  
Eric Berry KC Left Achilles tear W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W9 | 2018 Return  
Jason Verrett LAC Knee soreness W1 IR - Return Eligible Eligible W11 | 2018 Return  
Sidney Jones Phi Achilles repair March 2017 NFI 2018 Return Could return after W8

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