Monday Injury Rounds: Week 1 - Footballguys

Early expectations on Doug Baldwin and Saquon Barkley. Thoughts on when Carson Wentz will return. Projected Week 1 availability for every key offensive and defensive player.

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. 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

Jerick McKinnon | Right ACL tear | Out for 2018 season

It was expected to be a quiet week of practice before all 32 teams began preparing in earnest for Week 1. Unfortunately, on the last play of the final weekend practice leading into the 53-man roster cutdown, McKinnon suffered a non-contact knee injury and was quickly confirmed to have suffered an ACL tear.

There were no reports of additional injuries to the knee, which bodes well for an early 2019 offseason return for McKinnon. The Niners will now rely on a combination of Alfred Morris and Matt Breida.


Follow-up Appointments

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

The Eagles continued to allow Wentz to participate in team drills last week but did not clear him for contact, essentially ruling him out for Thursday night's opening game. On Sunday, Doug Pederson gave no indication Wentz would gain clearance this week. Barring an injury to Nick Foles in Week 1, the ongoing caution with Wentz's practice participation makes it doubtful we'll see him in Week 2.

Earlier this offseason, multiple Philadelphia coaches -- and beat writers who often know things but can only hint around them -- suggested Wentz would not return until he was recovered to pre-injury form. In other words, the team had no plans to play Wentz until he was cleared to play inside and outside the pocket. Despite a smooth rehab to date, the added complications of Wentz's LCL repair extend the usual ACL recovery timetable. Players with Wentz's injury need nine months or longer to recover. With that timetable, Wentz shouldn't be expected to return until sometime in September -- at the earliest.

So, we're now on a week-to-week vigil with Wentz that may eventually remind us of the frustration over Andrew Luck's unknown return last year.

That's not to suggest Wentz may be unable to return this year. Barring an unexpected setback, Wentz will play in 2018. But if the Eagles don't crash and burn with Nick Foles, it's now clear Philadelphia will not clear their franchise quarterback to play until the reward well outweighs the risk.

Monday Update: Albert Breer posted thoughts on Monday morning after speaking to orthopedic surgeons familiar with the type of rehab Wentz is working through. Breer didn't get any closer to an answer than we currently have, noting that the Eagles medical and training staff are continuing to strike the best balance between the time Wentz's knee would be anatomically full strength (as long as 18 months post-surgery) and when the stabilizing muscles are strong enough to limit his risk of re-injury.

We have no way of knowing where Wentz is along that continuum. It's reasonable to believe he's close or the Eagles would not be allowing him to run positional drills which involve planting and twisting.

Doug Baldwin | Knee soreness | Day-to-Day | Questionable Week 1

Baldwin told reporters he was 80-85% healthy last week. Ignore the percentage and focus on the overall sentiment of his comments. Though Baldwin has returned to run routes at speed and looks likely to play in Week 1, he's acknowledging he's not fully healthy. That shouldn't be surprising. Knee soreness requiring any kind of procedure, whether it be arthroscopic surgery, fluid drainage, or the anti-inflammatory injection Baldwin likely underwent in early August often suggests a degenerative condition at risk of chronic pain and swelling. The Seahawks and Baldwin will have to manage the health of the knee all season long.

However, that does not mean Baldwin cannot be productive. Many players are effective despite similar knee conditions. Some are managed throughout the season without anyone outside the locker room knowing about the issue.

We'll know more about Baldwin's early-season projection after seeing how the Seahawks approach his practice participation. Seattle commonly rests veterans without practice and allows them to play. Don't be shocked if Baldwin has at least one DNP this week.

Saquon Barkley | Left hamstring strain | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 1

Barkley has participated in multiple consecutive practices over the past week without aggravating his early preseason hamstring strain. The Giants may be careful with him this week but it wouldn't be surprising to see Barkley fully practice and avoid the game status report altogether. He looks likely to see a full Week 1 workload.

Alshon Jeffery | Rotator cuff repair | Week-to-Week | Out Week 1

The Eagles moved Jeffery from the PUP list to their active roster this week, a clear sign they expect him to be ready within 4-6 weeks. Adam Schefter suggested Jeffery would miss the first two weeks of the season on Twitter and his report hasn't been contradicted by anyone close to the team. Jeffery has continued to make progress in his strength-based rehab. He will not need multiple weeks of reconditioning. When he is cleared for contact, he's likely to practice and play the same week.

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

Cleveland gave Gordon extra rest this week, which should raise suspicion he was dealing with more than hamstring soreness. He's expected to return to practice this week. If he can avoid aggravation, the Browns have said they'll use him in limited packages. Don't expect him to see a full offensive workload until later in September.

Marlon Mack | Left hamstring strain | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 1

Mack has reportedly made progress in his recovery but hasn't yet been cleared for more than individual drills and conditioning. As with all mid-grade strains requiring multiple weeks of rehab, Mack will need longer than one week of practice to fully recondition and limit the risk of aggravation. He's doubtful to play this week and should be considered questionable for Week 2.

Sony Michel | Fluid aspiration knee joint | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 1

Michel was back to practice in pads last week and impressed his position coach with his return to individual drills. It's unclear whether Michel can prove himself ready for Week 1. The Patriots are a hard team to read and the practice reports are largely unhelpful. Without any past history to guide us, it's likely we'll see Michel considered a game-time decision.

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

Engram returned to individual drills within 24 hours of his concussion and has had no reported setbacks. He should practice fully by the end of the week, be cleared for contact, and play in Week 1.

Vance McDonald | Right foot injury | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 1

The Steelers have yet to clear McDonald for a full practice. There continues to be hope he'll avoid the inseason injured reserve list but he does not appear likely to play in Week 1.

D'Onta Foreman | Left Achilles repair | Reserve-PUP | Eligible to Return Week 7

Foreman did not practice during the preseason and was moved the inseason PUP list. He will be eligible to return in Week 7, nearly 12 months after his November 2018 Achilles tear.

Hunter Henry | Right ACL reconstruction | Reserve-PUP | Eligible to Return Week 7

The Chargers believe there is a good chance Henry will rehab successfully and quickly. Though he will be eligible to return in Week 7, late October is just five months after his ACL reconstruction and not a realistic return expectation. Week 12 to Week 14 seems to be the most optimistic return date for a limited workload.

Monday Update: General manager Tom Telesco elaborated on Monday saying, "It does give us the small opportunity that if his rehab comes along very, very well late in the year he could possibly come back to play. The odds are much more he'll play next year and not this year...We'll be very...smart with it. Everything would have to perfectly line up."


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
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Out Week 1
Andrew Luck Ind Foot injury PS Week 3 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable 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
Returned to practice
Limited to full participation
Probable Week 1
Buf
Groin strain PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Day-to-Day Probable Week 1
Phi
Lower body injury PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Ind
Left hamstring strain
PS Week 1
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Doubtful Week 1
NE
Fluid aspiration knee joint PS Week 1 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Questionable Week 1
NE
Knee injury
PS Week 1
Returned to practice
Limited participation
Probable Week 1
NE
Left ankle injury
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day
Day-to-Day
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
Returned to practice
Full participation
Probable 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
Returned to practice
Full participation
Probable Week 1
Was
Left high ankle sprain
PS Week 2
Week-to-Week
2-4 Weeks
Questionable 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 Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
NYG
Left high ankle / fibula fracture fixation
Early October 2017
Returned to practice Full participation Probable Week 1
Mike Evans
TB
Back contusion
PS Week 3
Returned to practice
Full participation
Probable Week 1
Sea
Knee condition / soreness
Early preseason
Day-to-Day Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Cle
Hamstring soreness
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day Limited participation Probable Week 1
Phi
Right rotator cuff repair
Mid-February 2018
Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | W3 possible Out Week 1
Ten
Meniscectomy
Early preseason
Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Phi
Undisclosed
Early preseason Returned to practice Full participation Probable Week 1
Sea
Toe injury
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Was
Groin strain
Early preseason
Day-to-Day Full participation Probable Week 1
Hou
Hamstring strain
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Mia
Finger fracture
PS Week 1
Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Questionable Week 1
Pit
Abdominal strain
PS Week 3
Day-to-Day Full participation Probable 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
Limited to full participation
Probable Week 1
Ten
Toe injury
PS Week 2
Day-to-Day
Limited to full participation
Probable Week 1
NYG
Concussion
PS Week 3
Returned to practice
Limited to full participation
Probable Week 1
David Njoku
Cle
Ankle injury
PS Week 3
Returned to practice Full participation Probable Week 1
Pit
Right foot injury
Early preseason
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Questionable Week 1
SF
AC (shoulder) sprain
PS Week 1
Returned to practice
Full participation
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
Questionable Week 1
Pit
Thumb 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
Probable Week 1
Ari
Right Achilles repair
Late December 2017
Week-to-Week
Week-to-Week
Doubtful Week 1
Offensive Linemen Injured | On the Active Roster
Tackles
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Jack Conklin Ten ACL reconstruction Early January 2018 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Doubtful Week 1
Daryl Williams Car Right MCL sprain / Patellar dislocation Late July 2018 Returned to limited practice Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Anthony Castonzo Ind Hamstring strain Aggravated PS Week 1 Day-to-Day Limited participation Questionable Week 1
La'el Collins Dal Ankle sprain PS Week 2 Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Ronnie Stanley Bal Knee injury PS Week 3 Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Marcus Cannon NE Undisclosed leg injury Offseason Day-to-Day Limited participation Probable Week 1
Cordy Glenn Cin Shoulder injury PS Week 3 Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Donovan Smith TB Knee sprain PS Week 3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Doubtful Week 1
Kelvin Beachum NYJ Foot / ankle injury Early preseason Day-to-Day Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Dion Dawkins Buf Hip injury PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Limited participation Probable Week 1
Seantrel Henderson Hou Cyst removal PS Week 4 Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Denzelle Good Ind Knee injury PS Week 4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Doubtful Week 1
Guards
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Zack Martin Dal Left knee injury PS Week 1 Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Brian Winters NYJ Core abdominal surgery Offseason Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Amini Silatolu Car Left knee meniscectomy PS Week 1 Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Centers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Travis Frederick Dal Guillain-Barre Syndrome Preseason Week-to-Week Month-to-Month | Week 4+ Return Out Week 1
Pat Elflein Min Ankle / shoulder surgery Offseason Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | Week 3+ Return Out Week 1
Defensive Players Injured | On the Active Roster
Edge Rushers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Joey Bosa LAC Left foot sprain PS Week 1 Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Everson Griffen Min Left calf laceration / wound infection PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Brandon Graham Phi Ankle surgery Early May 2018 Returned to practice Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Olivier Vernon NYG Ankle sprain / contusion PS Week 4 Day-to-Day Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Whitney Mercilus Hou Hamstring strain Early preseason Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Markus Golden Ari ACL reconstruction Early October 2018 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Doubtful Week 1
Derrick Morgan Ten Knee meniscectomy PS Week 3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Doubtful Week 1
Harold Landry Ten High ankle sprain PS Week 3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Doubtful Week 1
Leonard Floyd Chi Hand fracture PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Defensive Linemen
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Kyle Williams Buf Right MCL sprain PS Week 2 Week-to-Week Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Marcell Dareus Jac Pectoral strain PS Week 3 Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
Robert Nkemdiche Ari Right foot injury PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Vita Vea TB Calf strain Offseason Week-to-Week Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Tyquan Lewis Ind Foot injury Offseason Month-to-Month Month-to-Month Possible inseason IR
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Roquan Smith Chi Hamstring strain PS Week 3 Day-to-Day Limited to full participation Probable Week 1
K.J. Wright Sea Arthroscopic knee surgery PS Week 4 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | Week 2+ Return Doubtful Week 1
Leighton Vander Esch Dal Groin strain PS Week 2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Questionable Week 1
Oren Burks GB Shoulder dislocation PS Week 3 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | Week 2+ Return Doubtful Week 1
Rashaan Evans Ten Undisclosed Early preseason Week-to-Week Week-to-Week Questionable Week 1
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Casey Hayward LAC Hamstring strain PS Week 2 Day-to-Day Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Xavier Woods Dal Hamstring strain PS Week 2 Week-to-Week Week-to-Week | Week 2+ Return Doubtful Week 1
E.J. Gaines Cle Right knee sprain PS Week 2 Week-to-Week Limited participation Questionable Week 1
Damarious Randall Cle Knee injury PS Week 3 Returned to practice Limited to full participation Probable 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
Hou
Left Achilles repair
Late November 2017
Reserve / PUP
PUP | Eligible Week 7
Questionable to return midseason
NYJ
Foot fracture fixation
Late July 2018
Injured reserve
IR | Eligible Week 8
Probable to return midseason
SF
Right ACL tear Early September 2018 Injured reserve IR | 2019 return Out for 2018 season
Was
Left ACL reconstruction
Mid-August 2018
Injured reserve
2019 return
Det
Back injury
Mid-August 2018
Injured reserve
2019 return
Oak
Knee surgery (likely meniscus repair)
Early September 2018
Injured reserve
2019 return
Notable Wide Receivers on PUP or NFI or IR
Player
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
GB
Sternoclavicular sprain
PS Week 2
Injured reserve IR | Eligible Week 8 Probable to return midseason
Jac
Multiple ligament left knee injury
Late August 2018
Injured reserve 2019 return
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
LAC
Right ACL reconstruction
Late May 2018
Reserve / PUP
PUP | Eligible Week 7
Questionable to return late season
Chi
Right foot/ankle sprain
PS Week 2
Injured reserve
IR | Eligible Week 8 Probable to return midseason
Sea
Groin strain
Early preseason
Reserve / NFI
NFI | Eligible Week 7
Probable to return midseason
Notable Offensive Linemen on PUP or NFI or IR
Tackles
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Matt Kalil Car Arthroscopic knee surgery PS Week 3 Injured reserve IR | Eligible Week 8 Probable to return midseason
Isaiah Wynn NE Left Achilles reconstruction Late August 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return
Guards
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Nick Easton Min Cervical discectomy Early August 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return
Jeremiah Sirles Car Hamstring strain Late August 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return Injury settlement?
Centers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
A.Q. Shipley Ari Right ACL reconstruction Early August 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return
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
Eddie Vanderdoes Oak ACL reconstruction Early January 2018 Reserve / PUP PUP | Eligible Week 7
Ahtyba Rubin Oak Bicep tendon repair Early August 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return
Linebackers
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Kendell Beckwith TB Ankle fracture Mid-April 2018 Reserve / NFI NFI | Eligible Week 7
Jake Ryan GB ACL reconstruction Late July 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return
Defensive Backs
Team
Injury
Date
Player/Team Says
FBG Expects
Notes
Sua Cravens Den Knee inflammation PS Week 4 Injured reserve IR | Eligible Week 8
Jason Verrett LAC Achilles reconstruction Late July 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return
Johnathan Cyprien Ten ACL reconstruction Early August 2018 Injured reserve 2019 return

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