Monday Injury Rounds: Week 15

Thoughts on new injuries to Mike Evans, Mark Andrews, D.J. Chark, Derrius Guice, and more. Follow up analysis and expectations on Josh Jacobs, Derrick Henry, Adam Thielen, Odell Beckham, and others. 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

Josh Jacobs | Right scapula fracture | Week 7 | Week-to-Week | Questionable Week 15

Jacobs revealed last week he has been playing through a fracture in his shoulder blade since Week 7, taking injections to allow him to finish games despite the painful injury. Oakland's medical staff was comfortable clearing him to play until Week 14 when Jacobs was reportedly made inactive after taking yet another injection.

The pre-game injection is odd given there was little indication Jacobs was going to able to play.

Jacobs self-reported precise details of his injury early in the week, something that usually happens only when a player is aware he's unable to play with a condition he previously had battled through. Multiple reports last week suggested Jacobs did less in practice than any previous week and local observers reported Jacobs' availability was "iffy" at best. And Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning Jacobs was already scheduled for a Monday MRI to re-evaluate how well his fracture was healing.

Jacobs clearly wants to play through the injury. However, the team's medical staff seems less certain. The Monday MRI will provide more information. With the Raiders now three and a half games out of first place in the AFC West and a three-way tie for eighth in the conference, the risks of playing are ever-closer to outweighing the benefits. While Jacobs may not be ruled out for the season, he remains on the doubtful side of questionable for Week 15 until the Raiders confirm otherwise.

Derrick Henry | Hamstring strain | Week 12 | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 15

When teams put players on the practice report with a soft tissue injury, it's rarely a maintenance issue. Henry was listed with a hamstring injury leading into both Week 13 and Week 14 but was not listed on the game status report. In Week 13, Henry out-touched Dion Lewis 29-1 and did not appear limited.

On Sunday, however, Henry seemed to have difficulty reaching top speed at times and did not return after the team moved out to a multiple touchdown lead. Dion Lewis had eight carries in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand. Henry reportedly wanted to return to the game and there's no indication he suffered a higher-grade aggravation.

Expect Henry to continue to miss practice time. For now, this situation resembles that of another Tennessee running back who continued to manage a productively high workload despite a hamstring strain -- DeMarco Murray. If Henry isn't able to return to a full practice by the end of the week, it's possible his gameday workload could change in Week 15.

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