Monday Injury Rounds: Week 4

Early analysis and expectations on Saquon Barkley and T.Y. Hilton. Follow up discussions on Drew Brees, A.J. Green, Cam Newton, and more. Availability projections on injured players at every position.

Inseason injury coverage

Footballguys will again provide comprehensive injury coverage during the regular season.

My writing and podcast schedule will include:

Monday Injury Rounds > Published as soon as complete Sunday night and updated through Tuesday morning, this feature will review all the major injuries from the weekend's games, provide follow up analysis on injured players who have yet to return to play, and project when every injured player will return.

Waiver Wire Podcast > Tuesday morning release reviewing all injuries at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions with Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom heading into your weekly waiver run.

Midweek Injury Expectations > Published late Wednesday night after the first weekly practice participation report and updated through Thursday's practice report, this feature will detail the current practice participation of every listed player and project the likelihood each player will play in the coming week.

Thursday Live Audible podcast > Joining Cecil Lammey, Sigmund Bloom, and Matt Waldman at 900 ET every Thursday night for a comprehensive Q&A updating all player injuries.

Gameday Injury Expectations > Published Saturday, this feature will review the practice status of every injured player, provide analysis on player/coach/beat writer comments throughout the week, and discuss how likely and how effective each injured player will be on Sunday.

Injury Rounds

Saquon Barkley | Right high ankle sprain | Week 3 | 3-4+ 4-8 Weeks | Week 7++ Return

Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain and returned to the field immobilized in a walking boot and on crutches after his injury. Television replays showed a significant rotation of Barkley's ankle and lower leg, suggesting more than a low-grade sprain.

The first 24-48 hours after a high ankle sprain are critical to recovery estimates. Most mid-grade injuries are associated with worsening swelling and stiffness during those hours. An MRI will further define the injury on Monday but expect to hear Barkley will need 3-4 weeks to recover. The Giants have a Thursday night game in New England in Week 6, less than three weeks from the injury. It's unlikely Barkley can make a two and half week turnaround and play effectively. Don't expect to see Barkley until at least Week 7.

Monday Update: Adam Schefter is reporting Barkley's ankle injury could sideline him "anywhere from 4-8 weeks" and hints the Giants will allow him to rehab through their Week 11 bye if needed. Brace for the 6-8 week end of the proposed timetable here.

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