Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 4 - Footballguys

Will Carson Wentz play in Week 1? Can Travis Frederick return this year? How close are Saquon Barkley, Doug Baldwin, Jerick McKinnon, Alshon Jeffery, and others?

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 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.


INJURY ROUNDS

Travis Frederick | Guillain-Barre Syndrome | Month-to-Month | Questionable 2018 return

I'll have more on offensive line and defensive injuries leading into the Week 1 games, but Frederick's unique situation deserves comment.

After visiting multiple specialists to determine a course of treatment for recurrent symptoms believed to be due to stingers, Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a disorder where the body's immune system begins attacking nerves. The inflammation around the nerves can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. Often progressive without treatment, GBS sometimes leads to paralysis and prolonged hospitalizations. With treatment, the progression of the disorder can be slowed or halted. And most people will make a full recovery. But the damage to the nerves can take many months to heal and cannot be accelerated.

Frederick was seen walking on the sideline at Dallas' preseason game last weekend. That's an excellent sign his symptoms have not progressed but doesn't provide much information about how quickly his recovery could occur. With continued therapy and rehabilitation, Frederick may return to his previous form and condition. Still, it's hard to project a 2018 return and it's very likely he'll miss more games than he plays this year.

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