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.

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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.

Marqise Lee | Multiple ligament left knee injury | 2019 return

The Jaguars haven't confirmed the extent of Lee's injury but video evidence strongly suggested he tore at least two ligaments (ACL and MCL) and possibly more. An ACL reconstruction and MCL repair would be a difficult enough recovery (9-12 months). If there is damage to additional ligaments, meniscus, cartilage, nerve tissue, or other structures, Lee's recovery will be still more complicated. Expect the Jaguars to place Lee on injured reserve soon.

Update: The Jaguars confirmed Lee will have reconstructive knee surgery and be placed on season-ending injured reserve this week.

Josh Gordon | Hamstring soreness | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 1

Even the most well-conditioned athletes can have soreness after a strenuous workout. That's likely what's happened with Gordon, who spent multiple weeks away from training camp in early August. Gordon has continued to participate in individual drills and it does not appear he strained either hamstring. However, muscle soreness and fatigue heighten the risk of further injury. Gordon should be cleared to return to practice. If he's not -- or there's any indication of an aggravation after his return -- his injury would then be considered week-to-week, putting his Week 1 availability in question.

Evan Engram | Concussion | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 1

Engram left the third preseason game and was diagnosed with a concussion. Within 24 hours, Engram was allowed to do light exercise. That's evidence his symptoms improved overnight and the training and medical staff were comfortable moving Engram through the early stages of the return-to-play protocol. If Engram continues to make steady progress, he'll be cleared to play in Week 1.


Follow-up Appointments

Carson Wentz | Left ACL reconstruction / LCL repair | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 1

Wentz's steady progress through the final stages of rehab continues. The Eagles refuse to rush the process, however, even after a scary hit to Nick Foles' throwing shoulder proved to be of no concern. Wentz was cleared for and participated in team drills last week but has not yet been cleared for contact. That needs to happen early this week. The Eagles are not going to enter a short week of preparation before the Thursday night opener without knowing how Wentz responds to the possibility of contact.

Last week, I wrote, "A week of practice without concern would move [Wentz] to probable." That assumed the Eagles were prepared to clear Wentz for contact. Watch closely for news of Wentz's status early this week.


Quick insight on other key offensive players currently rehabbing

Antonio Brown (quad strain) -- The Steelers continue to limit Brown's practice participation but there are no indications he won't be ready for Week 1. Expect Brown to be cleared to do more in practice this week.

Saquon Barkley (hamstring strain) -- Barkley returned to full practice participation on Sunday. The first 7-10 days after returning to practice hold the highest risk of aggravation. A smooth week of practice would be very reassuring for Barkley's Week 1 prospects.

Jerick McKinnon (calf strain) -- Unlike Barkley, McKinnon hasn't returned to practice. Videos posted of full-speed footwork drills and consistent reports that McKinnon will be ready for Week 1 are good signs.

Doug Baldwin (knee soreness) -- Baldwin has been running at speed for over a week. Assuming he's cleared to do more football-related activity this week and has no setbacks, Baldwin will have a good chance at a full Week 1 workload.

Alshon Jeffery (rotator cuff repair) -- Jeffery's rehab continues on schedule but he will still be right up against a Week 1 return. Already in condition, Jeffery will be ready quickly whenever clearance for contact comes. Unfortunately, it's still possible Jeffery isn't close to gaining clearance and starts the season on the PUP list.

Marlon Mack (hamstring strain) -- Mack has a mid-grade hamstring strain and there have been no indications he'll be ready to return to practice in time for a Week 1 return.

Sony Michel (knee drainage) -- Michel hasn't been seen in the Patriots' locker room or on the practice field in nearly three weeks. He needs to be cleared to return to practice soon to have any chance of playing in Week 1.

Rex Burkhead (knee injury) -- The exact nature of Burkhead's injury remains unclear but he's returned to individual drills and looks likely to be ready for opening weekend.

Rishard Matthews (meniscectomy) -- Matthews had part of his knee meniscus removed three weeks ago. The Titans activated him from the PUP list this weekend, making it likely he'll be ready for Week 1.

Rashaad Penny (finger fracture) -- Penny is expected to play in Week 1. The presence of Chris Carson and the ongoing offensive line concerns in Seattle will be more limiting than his health.

Delanie Walker (toe injury) -- Walker has not returned to practice but beat writers expect him to do so soon. Walker routinely plays through injury. Unless he remains out this week, he should be available in Week 1.


INJURED PLAYERS ON ACTIVE ROSTER

Quarterbacks Injured | On the Active Roster
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Phi
Left ACL reconstruction / LCL repair
Mid-December 2017
Started 11-on-11 work
Day-to-Day
Questionable Week 1
Tyrod Taylor
Cle
Left fifth finger dislocation
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
Josh Rosen
Ari
Right thumb contusion
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
Buf
Chest contusion
PS Week 2
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Questionable Week 1
Running Backs Injured | On the Active Roster
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
NYG
Left hamstring strain
PS Week 1
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Probable Week 1
Buf
Groin strain PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
SF
Right calf strain PS Week 1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Probable Week 1
Ind
Left hamstring strain
PS Week 1
Week-to-Week
2-4+ Weeks
Questionable Week 1
NE
Fluid aspiration knee joint PS Week 1 2-4 Weeks 2-4+ Weeks Questionable Week 1
NE
Knee injury
PS Week 1
Returned to practice
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
NE
Left ankle injury
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day
Week-to-Week
Questionable Week 1
Sea
Fixation left index finger fracture
PS Week 1
3-4 Weeks
3-4 Weeks
Questionable Week 1
SF
AC (shoulder) sprain
PS Week 1
2-4 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
Probable Week 1
Hou
Left Achilles repair
Late November 2017
Active / PUP
Month-to-Month
Doubtful Week 1
Was
Right fibula fixation
Early December 2017
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
GB
Foot injury
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
GB
Ankle sprain
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
Was
Left high ankle sprain
PS Week 2
Week-to-Week
2-4 Weeks
Questionable Week 1
Phi
Left leg injury
PS Week 1
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Dal
Hip injury
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
NYJ
Foot fracture fixation
Late July 2018
3-6 Weeks
6+ Weeks
Out Week 1
Wide Receivers Injured | On the Active Roster
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Pit
Quad strain
Early preseason
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
NYG
Left high ankle / fibula fracture w/ surgery
Early October 2017
Practicing Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Mike Evans
TB
Back contusion
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
Sea
Knee condition / soreness
Early preseason
Week-to-Week 3-4 Weeks Questionable Week 1
Cle
Hamstring soreness
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Phi
Right rotator cuff repair
Mid-February 2018
Active / PUP Week-to-Week Questionable Week 1
Ten
Meniscectomy
Early preseason
Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Questionable Week 1
Jac
Multiple ligament left knee injury
PS Week 3
Injured Reserve (exp) Injured Reserve | 2019 Return 2019 Return
Phi
Undisclosed
Early preseason Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Sea
Toe injury
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Was
Groin strain
Early preseason
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Cle
Groin strain
PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Hou
Hamstring strain
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Mia
Finger fracture
PS Week 1
Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Probable Week 1
Pit
Abdominal strain
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Ari
Foot injury
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
GB
Sternoclavicular sprain
PS Week 2
2-4 Weeks 2-4 Weeks Questionable Week 1
Tight Ends Injured | On the Active Roster
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Was
Sesamoidectomy?
? January 2018
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
Ten
Toe injury
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Probable Week 1
NYG
Concussion
PS Week 3
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Probable Week 1
David Njoku
Cle
Ankle injury
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day Day-to-day Probable Week 1
Chi
Right foot/ankle sprain
PS Week 2
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week Doubtful Week 1
Pit
Right foot injury
Early preseason
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Questionable Week 1
SF
AC (shoulder) sprain
PS Week 1
2-4 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
Probable Week 1
Bal
Foot stress fracture fixation
PS Week 3
3-4 Weeks
4+ Weeks
Out Week 1
LAR
Shoulder injury
Early preseason
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Pit
Wrist ligament repair
PS Week 2
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Questionable Week 1
Pit
Back contusion
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
Sea
Groin strain
Early preseason
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Questionable Week 1
Ari
Right Achilles repair
Late December 2017
Active / PUP
Active / PUP
Doubtful Week 1
LAC
Right ACL reconstruction
Late May 2018
Injured reserve (exp)
Injured reserve | 2019 return
Offensive Linemen Injured | On the Active Roster
Tackles
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Coming Week 1
Guards
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Coming Week 1
Centers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Coming Week 1
Defensive Players Injured | On the Active Roster
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Coming Week 1
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Coming Week 1
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Coming Week 1
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Coming Week 1

Injured Players Not on Active Roster

Notable Quarterbacks on PUP or NFI or IR
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Notable Running Backs on PUP or NFI or IR
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Was
Left ACL reconstruction
Mid-August 2018
Injured reserve
2019 return
TB
Right knee sprain (? MCL)
Mid-August 2018 | PS W2
Injured reserve
Week-to-Week
Injury settlement release coming?
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP or NFI or IR
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Ind
ACL tear
Mid-August 2018
Injured reserve 2019 return
Dal
Shoulder labrum repair
Early August 2018
Injured reserve 2019 return
Notable Tight Ends on PUP or NFI or IR
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Notable Offensive Linemen on PUP or NFI or IR
Tackles
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Guards
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Centers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Notable Defensive Players on PUP or NFI or IR
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes

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