Monday Injury Rounds: Week 14

Follow up analysis and expectations on Adam Thielen, Julio Jones, James Conner, T.Y. Hilton, Jordan Howard, and others. Thoughts on Kalen Ballage and Darrel Williams. 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.

Follow Up Appointments

Adam Thielen | Aggravated hamstring strain | Week 9 | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 14

The Vikings initially minimized Thielen's hamstring strain, refusing to refer to it as a significant injury and denying a significant aggravation. Now four weeks into his recovery from the Week 9 aggravation and it's clear Thielen's injury is a mid-grade strain.

There were reassuring indications Minnesota was using their bye week to ensure Thielen was ready to return in Week 13. But Thielen -- despite moving relatively well in individual drills -- was never cleared for a full practice, told reporters he would not return until he was fully recovered, and was ultimately ruled out of Monday night's game when the Vikings chose to leave him home to rehab rather than travel to Seattle on Sunday afternoon.

After Thielen was declared out, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reported Thielen "had a scare" during Tuesday's outdoor practice that kept him out of Wednesday's workout. Had that information been reported prior to Saturday's questionable listing on the team's game status report, it would have been clear Thielen was more doubtful than questionable. The revelation also puts Thielen's Week 14 status in doubt.

Julio Jones | Right AC sprain | Week 12 | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 14

Dan Quinn told reporters Jones "didn't have enough strength in his shoulder" to play last Thursday night. Quinn implicated the short week as the cause of Jones' absence, suggesting Jones may have been able to play with a full week of rehab and recovery. We'll find out if that's accurate on Wednesday. If Jones is back practicing, he'll likely play this week. If not, this could be a multiple-week injury.

Monday Update: Quinn said Jones was "trending upward" and likely to play this week. Quinn reiterated that Jones would have had a much better chance to play if Atlanta's Week 13 game was on Sunday.

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