Monday Injury Rounds: Week 16 - Footballguys

Early projections on the availability of Odell Beckham, James Conner, Melvin Gordon, and Keenan Allen. Notes on Carson Wentz and Derrius Guice. Detailing 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

Carson WEntz | Vertebral fracture | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 16

There was much controversy surrounding Wentz's back injury last week. In the end, the answer is relatively straightforward. Wentz has a fracture in a vertebrae in his lower back. It likely started as a stress injury and progressed to a fracture after last week's game. This type of fracture is more significant than the vertebral process fractures that we've seen hold Derek Carr and Cam Newton out for a week or two. But it's not career-threatening. In fact, it's an extremely common condition in offensive lineman. One study estimated around 50% of NFL offensive lineman have a similar chronic change in their spine. While not every injury of this type heals with rest, the vast majority are expected to improve with core strengthening and rehab.

The Eagles haven't placed Wentz on injured reserve but it's highly unlikely they'll allow him to risk further injury this season. These injuries usually require a minimum of six weeks to heal. And there are reports Wentz may have had a similar injury in college. Again, that's common and should not be seen as a sign of trouble or complicate his current recovery process. But it's likely we've seen Wentz play his last down in 2018.

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