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.
Kerryon Johnson | Left knee sprain | Awaiting Information | Doubtful Week 12
There was no clear mechanism of Johnson's injury on video replay. There was no consensus among experienced orthopedic surgeons on Twitter, with Dr. David Chao seeing hints of an ACL injury but uncertain about whether Johnson had suffered a season-ending injury. Others speculated about a MCL or PCL sprain or a bone bruise. Later, Ian Rapoport would report the team's exam was reassuring against an ACL tear but suspected a sprain to another ligament around the knee. Johnson will have an MRI tomorrow to define the injury and its severity. The presumptive diagnosis of a knee sprain is not yet specific enough for a reliable timetable. Regardless of the final diagnosis, it's very unlikely Johnson will be able to recover in time for the Lions' game on Thanksgiving Day.
I'll have more on Johnson should the team update his condition on Monday.
Monday Update: The Lions received good news on Johnson today according to Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. Neither reporter provided specifics on Johnson's diagnosis -- only confirming the earlier "sprain" reported yesterday -- but both suggest Johnson will only miss a game or two. Do not expect Johnson to play Thursday but it's too soon to rule him out for Week 12.
Jimmy Graham | Thumb fracture | Week-to-Week | Out Week 12
Graham broke his right thumb last Thursday night. At last report, the Packers were still working to determine Graham's return timetable. Whether Graham chooses to have surgery or not -- he likely will as the thumb is too important to risk incomplete healing -- expect him to miss at least four weeks. He'll likely need a cast at least that long and won't be able to catch or block effectively. It's possible Graham's season may be over if the Packers do not win enough games to remain in playoff contention while he's rehabbing.
Monday Update: Mike McCarthy told reporters Graham intends to "try to play" through his thumb fracture. That's a very tough ask for a player whose primary responsibility is to catch hard-thrown passes from Aaron Rodgers.
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