Monday Injury Rounds: Week 2

Analysis on Week 1 injuries to Michael Thomas, George Kittle, Marlon Mack, more. Latest news on Miles Sanders and Deebo Samuel. Week 2 availability expectations for 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

Marlon Mack | Right Achilles tear | Season-Ending / Injured Reserve (expected)

Shortly after a non-contact leg injury, multiple reports noted the team's concern was an Achilles injury for Mack. An MRI has been scheduled for Monday but imaging is nearly always a formality with Achilles injuries. Expect the Colts to confirm the injury and a need for season-ending surgery.

Monday Update: The Colts confirmed a torn Achilles for Mack today. He will have surgery and rehab to return in 2021.

Michael Thomas | Left high ankle sprain | Day-to-Day | Questionable Week 2

Thomas' left leg was twisted underneath Latavius Murray at the end of a run late in the second half. Video replays are consistent with a high ankle sprain. Thankfully, the injury mechanism was not violent and it's likely Thomas has a low-grade injury.

The next 24-48 hours are critical. Most low-grade injuries do not result in significant pain or stiffness and players can recover in time to play the following week. Multiple rehab courses are possible. It's possible early-week reports will sound more concerning than they are. Thomas could require a walking boot and have an MRI tomorrow and still have a mild injury. He could be limited in practice much of the week and still have a mild injury.

I'll update Thomas' condition on Monday and throughout the week.

Monday Update: Tom Pelissero reports Thomas' injury is a high ankle sprain but is "something [Thomas] believes he can play through." The Saints do not play until Monday night, which could be a critical extra 24 hours of rehab. Hopefully, Thomas hasn't developed significant swelling and stiffness already. Any practice on Thursday would be welcome sign for his availability and chances of effective plan in Week 2.

George Kittle | Right knee hyperextension | Day-to-Day | Questionable Week 2

Kittle was hit directly on the front of his right knee. Images of the resulting hyperextension were striking but it was reassuring to see Kittle's foot off the ground and not planted when the contact occurred. That may ultimately save him from a multiple-week injury and recovery.

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