Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 3 - Footballguys

How to realistically judge preseason injury timetables, thoughts on Carson Wentz's return to practice, and predictions on the Week 1 availability of injured players around the league

NOTE: During the regular season, 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.

Midweek Injury Expectations: Posted Wednesday night and updated Thursday. 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) and our live Sunday morning pregame show (10 ET Sunday on YouTube). I will also 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.


Later this week, I'll have an article examining which injured offensive players carry too much risk at their current ADP and which players look safe to draft.

But the early preseason -- which I judge to run through the third preseason game -- can be the toughest time to get a read on an injured player. Teams have little incentive to put an injured player at risk 3-4 weeks before the regular season begins. Veteran players on teams with established offenses, no major personnel changes around them, and little playbook turnover are better served by recovery and conditioning than risking aggravations. Even rookies who could use an extra day of repetitions likely benefit from recovery time.

There's also little incentive for teams to provide specific details on a player's diagnosis or recovery timetable. There are no required practice participation reports or injury designations until the very end of the preseason. Teams have until the 53-man roster deadline to put players on the injured reserve or reserve-PUP lists.

So, determining whether a player's soft tissue injury or recovery from early offseason surgery is significant enough to threaten his playing time during Week 1 isn't easy.

My default stance tends to be optimistic in the early preseason weeks.


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