making sense of A.J. Green's recovery timeline
Even though we're likely to see high-quality video of an injury and quickly see national beat writer reports detailing severity and return to play timetables, there are always instances when follow-up reports do not match initial expectations.
That happened with Green last week. In these situations, I like to establish a timeline and see if the reports tell a sensible story.
Here's the Green timeline:
July 27: Green suffers a left ankle injury in practice. Video is limited but suspicious for a high ankle sprain.
July 27: Post-practice press conferences feature hopeful and reassuring comments from Zac Taylor and Green's teammates.
July 28: Adam Schefter reports Green's MRI showed torn ankle ligaments and suggested a 6-8 week return to play expectation.
July 28: Tom Pelissero reports Green will have a second opinion and implies surgery is under consideration.
July 30: Ian Rapoport reports Green had a minor ankle "clean out" procedure but timeline is unchanged.
July 30: Rapoport updates initial report, tweeting more was found than expected, Green now expected to miss a few games.