Monday Injury Rounds: Week 7

Early analysis and expectations on Amari Cooper and Alvin Kamara. Follow up discussion on Saquon Barkley, Davante Adams, Evan Engram, Drew Brees, A.J. Green. 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.

Sunday Live Gameday podcast > Joining Sigmund Bloom and Matt Waldman at 1000 ET every Sunday morning to discuss and interpret the week's practice participation reports and breaking weekend injury news.


Injury Rounds

Amari Cooper | Left quadriceps contusion | Week 5 | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 7

Cooper has been limited by multiple injuries this season. Last week, local writers reported a strained quad as the primary injury of concern and Cooper was unable to continue beyond the first quarter on Sunday.

Aggravated muscle strains often require additional time to rehab. While the Cowboys will work to have Cooper available for Sunday night's game against the Eagles, it will be a tough ask. Expect the Dallas Week 8 bye to factor into the team's decision-making process.

Cooper has played through plantar fasciitis and ankle soreness already this year and will get the veteran benefit of the doubt if possible. But consider him questionable at best unless he returns to practice midweek.

Monday update: Ian Rapoport reported Cooper's injury as a quad contusion. I've incorrectly assumed Cooper's injury was a quad strain. After further review of Dallas' Week 5 game against the Packers, it's clear Cooper suffered a left quad contusion. A contusion may be an easier rehab than an aggravated strain. Unfortunately, Cooper was only able to play three snaps on Sunday and was reportedly in significant pain despite a week of rehab. I'm somewhat more optimistic about Cooper's status this week but he'll need to improve significantly to be effective and play without risk of a compensatory injury.

Alvin Kamara | Left knee injury / Ankle soreness | Week 6 | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 7

Sean Payton told reporters Kamara experienced some ankle swelling after a late-week practice injury but was cleared to play. On the first series, Kamara had a tackler fall into his left knee. The stress on the inside of Kamara's knee is worrisome for an MCL sprain. His return to the game suggests a mild sprain but the Saints may have him evaluated further on Monday.

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