Monday Injury Rounds: Week 1

Analysis on Alvin Kamara. Latest news on Deebo Samuel. Availability expectations for Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake, DeAndre Hopkins, and many others.

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 9:00 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 10:00 ET every Sunday morning to discuss and interpret the week's practice participation reports and breaking weekend injury news.

Injury Rounds

Alvin Kamara | Sacroiliac joint inflammation | Preseason | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 1

Early last week, it was reported that Kamara's missed practice time this preseason was due to a condition requiring an epidural steroid injection. That implied a disc herniation already symptomatic enough to limit Kamara's ability to perform. It was a huge red flag. Though epidural injections are common in the NFL -- they are given way more often than reported -- symptomatic disc herniations are often harbingers of degenerative spine disease and usually lead to a shortened career.

By mid-week, however, Ian Rapoport clarified Kamara's condition as inflammation in the sacroiliac joint. While it's still concerning that Kamara required an injection to calm an irritated joint, this is still much, much better for Kamara's short- and long-term outlook than an epidural injection for disc inflammation.

Rapoport's report looks accurate for now as Kamara has returned to consecutive practices without any setbacks. It's possible the Saints will limit Kamara's practice reps this week but he should be able to see a full Week 1 workload.

Monday Update: In an interview today, Kamara confirmed he experienced a "little SI [sacroiliac] flare-up." That puts concerns about a disc herniation to rest. Kamara will be full strength this week.

Ryquell Armstead | Reserve-COVID list | September 4 | Day-to-Day | Doubtful Week 1

It's difficult to interpret Ryquell Armstead's second placement on the Reserve-COVID list. Armstead was on the list for 18 days in early-mid August, a duration that suggests he may have tested positive and had a symptomatic infection.

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