Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 4

Follow up analysis on Kerryon Johnson, Sony Michel, Alex Smith, and more

Injury notes

***Chris Carson wasn't listed on the Seattle PUP list to start camp, suggesting he was healthy enough to practice. The team revealed this week that Carson has yet to report to the team and is working through "a couple family situations." There is still no indication Carson won't be healthy enough to practice but his reconditioning process with the team is delayed.

***The news on Sony Michel continues to be worrisome. Multiple beat writers are now questioning whether Michel will be ready for opening week. The Patriots added Lamar Miller -- who's recovering from an ACL/MCL injury -- last week, further speculation that Michel's foot surgery was more than a simple maintenance procedure.

***T.Y. Hilton was moved to the active roster last week. He has a full month to recondition and prepare for Week 1. He'll be at the highest risk of re-injury over the next 7-10 days.

***Kerryon Johnson was photographed with a large brace on his right knee last week. It's not a comforting image for a player who has struggled with leg injuries throughout his short career. There's no optimistic way to read this image. If Johnson's knee is not stable enough to play without a brace, it's not reassuring -- especially because braces cannot be expected to prevent every knee injury. If Johnson needs the brace for confidence, it's not reassuring either.

***Washington activated Alex Smith from the PUP list. It is highly unlikely Smith returns to the field in a regular-season game but there are not enough superlatives to describe the success of his recovery after his 2018 fracture and series of life-threatening complications.


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