Monday Injury Rounds: Week 15 - Footballguys

Early projections on Melvin Gordon, James Conner, Doug Baldwin, Austin Ekeler, and Odell Beckham. Detailed table reviewing injuries at every position.

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.


INJURY ROUNDS

Odell Beckham Jr | Quad contusion | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 15

Beckham was added to the injury report last Friday with a quadriceps injury but not listed on the team's game status report. Pat Shurmur told reporters Beckham was expected to play after practice. It's not clear what occurred overnight on Friday but Beckham was ruled out on Saturday and did not travel with the Giants to Washington. After Sunday's game, Shurmur said Beckham's injury was "a thing that's been lingering" and wouldn't offer an opinion on whether the injury would limit Beckham this week or cause him to miss another game.

Beckham has not been listed on the injury report for any reason over the past six weeks and it's unclear why his status abruptly changed overnight. I'll update with any additional details from Monday's press conference.

Monday Update: Shurmur told reporters Beckham "felt a lot better" on Monday and will continue to be evaluated through the week.

Austin Ekeler | Stinger / Concussion | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 15

Ekeler left very late in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit during an onside kick recovery. Anthony Lynn told reporters after the game that Ekeler was dizzy. That sounds suspicious for a concussion. However, the Chargers allowed Ekeler to speak with the media after the game -- he told them he was fine -- and Adam Schefter reported late Sunday night that Ekeler is dealing with a recurrent and aggravated stinger that will require further testing.

If Ekeler has a concussion, it will be very difficult for him to gain clearance for contact before the team travels to Kansas City on Thursday night. Recurrent stingers rarely heal quickly and the concern for additional evaluation and testing also suggests the possibility of a multiple week recovery. Consider Ekeler doubtful for Thursday night unless we hear a very positive report on Monday.

Monday Update: The Chargers provided more clarity on Ekeler on Monday. He was evaluated for a concussion and cleared, which explains him discussing his condition with the media after the game. He's considered day-to-day with a stinger.

Monday Update: Ekeler told reporters Monday night he has a "bruised nerve" in his neck that's worse than what he's already previously played through this year. He says he "can't let [his] pride get in the way of it." That's clear player-speak saying he's not healthy enough to play. The Chargers may call him day-to-day but he's unlikely to play Thursday.

Monday Update: The Chargers listed Ekeler with neck and concussion injuries on their Monday injury report. The Chargers haven't ruled him out yet but Ekeler will not play this week.

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