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.
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 me @JeneBramel and checking my timeline on Twitter throughout the week.
Melvin Gordon III | hamstring strain | Week 7 | Day-to-Day | Bye Week 8 | Week 9 Return
Gordon suffered a hamstring strain during practice last Friday. Initially, it didn't seem concerning. The Chargers chose not to include him on their game status report, suggesting they had no concern about his availability. Unfortunately, Gordon's hamstring strain tightened up on him while flying to London and didn't improve enough overnight to allow him to play. The Chargers have a Week 8 bye, giving Gordon another two weeks to rehab. I'll update with news on Monday but it's reasonable to expect Gordon to return in Week 9.
Rob Gronkowski | Back spasm / Ankle sprain | Week 6 | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 8
Gronkowski was a late downgrade after back spasms kept him from being able to board the team's flight to Chicago on Saturday. There is always reason for concern when Gronkowski's name is connected to a back issue after his multiple microdiscectomy surgeries but Ian Rapoport reported Gronkowski's back only "locked up" on him. The injury is not expected to keep Gronkowski out this Monday night in Buffalo.
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