Monday Injury Rounds: Week 10

Reviewing the Week 8 injuries, follow up on recovering players, analysis on those returning from injured reserve, and projected Week 9 availability on all injured players

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

Ben Roethlisberger | Left MCL sprain | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 10

Roethlisberger injured his left knee after a linemen fell onto his leg in the pocket. The Steelers and Roethlisberger did not reveal a specific diagnosis after the game but video shows the most likely injury to be an MCL sprain.

Roethlisberger's foot wasn't planted and the injury event wasn't violent. As is often the case, Roethlisberger returned and finished the game after his injury. He was effective enough to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory and told reporters after the game he doesn't expect the knee to limit him next week.

MCL sprains often stiffen and swell in the 24 hours after injury, however, and it's possible Roethlisberger will trend toward a game-time decision as the week progresses. Expect limited practice until the end of the week.

Monday Update: Ian Rapoport tweeted a vague report that Roethlisberger "sustained injuries to both knees" but the Steelers are "cautiously optimistic" about him playing this week. Roethlisberger routinely plays through limiting injuries and can be expected to play this week if he's able to protect himself in the pocket.

Christian McCaffrey | Right upper body injury | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 10

McCaffrey was driven into the turf onto his right chest and shoulder late in the fourth quarter. He was later seen rotating his shoulder, stretching his neck, and reaching inside his shoulder pads to assess his condition.

Although he was not available in the locker room after the game -- presumably because he was receiving treatment or having x-rays -- the Panthers say McCaffrey will speak with the media on Monday.

There is a wide range of possibilities here from various shoulder injuries (partial dislocation, bruises around the joint) to a sprain of the joint between the collarbone and sternum. Reporters speculated that the injury was to McCaffrey's ribs. A relatively minor injury would not keep McCaffrey from playing this week but there are a number of injuries that would require multiple weeks of rehab and recovery.

Expect McCaffrey's injury to be heavily reported on Monday. I'll update when the Panthers discuss his condition.

Monday Update: Matt Rhule would only say McCaffrey was "day-to-day" with a shoulder injury today. Ian Rapoport tweeted McCaffrey's status was very much in doubt. Unless someone leaks more details, expect McCaffrey to miss practice this week. A game-time decision is likely the best-case scenario right now.

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