Monday Injury Rounds: Week 3

Analysis on Week 2 injuries to Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Davante Adams, Courtland Sutton, Parris Campbell, Raheem Mostert, Drew Lock, and Jimmy Garoppolo. Follow up on Michael Thomas, George Kittle, Chris Godwin, A.J. Brown, and Kenny Golladay.

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

Christian McCaffrey | Right high ankle sprain | 4-6 Weeks | Out Week 3

McCaffrey's injury may prove to be a minor concern. But I'm worried he may be limited this week and in some doubt to play.

Upon review of McCaffrey's snaps, there are no obvious significant injuries. There was a slight hint of a high-ankle injury on a second quarter screen pass but McCaffrey moved well for the rest of the quarter and did not look limited in the third quarter. The injury most likely occurred on his final carry of the third quarter. Unfortunately, two television angles obscured any visual evidence of the injury.

The Panthers quickly taped his right ankle between quarters and McCaffrey -- while clearly laboring -- returned to end the series with a fourth-down touchdown run.

It's concerning that McCaffrey did not return on the next series with the Panthers down ten points. It's also concerning the team did not clear him to speak with the media after the game. Hopefully, there's no issue here but I'll be monitoring Monday reports and early-week practice participation carefully. If the league posts All-22 video promptly, I'll have more angles to review.

As always, I'll update here with any news of note.

Monday Update: Matt Rhule confirmed McCaffrey's injury occurred on the final carry of the third quarter today. All-22 replays did not show the injury clearly, but the team revealed that McCaffrey suffered a high ankle sprain. MRI showed a higher-grade injury and both national media and the team set his likely return date at 4-6 weeks.

The Panthers would not commit to an injured reserve decision today and McCaffrey told reporters he believes he can return sooner than four weeks. Players always believe they can return sooner than reported but a 4-6 week timetable suggests a significant injury. Expect the Panthers to use injured reserve this week and possibly target back-to-back division matchups in Week 7 (at New Orleans) and 8 (Thursday night home v Atlanta).

Davante Adams | Hamstring strain | Day-to-Day | Questionable Week 3

Adams left after running a red zone route in the third quarter and did not return. After returning an interception for a touchdown on the following series, the Packers were up three scores. It's possible Adams' injury is low grade and they chose not to risk further damage by returning him in a blowout win. We'll learn more by midweek.

Monday Update: Matt LaFleur told reporters Adams "wanted to go back in the game" but the team decided to "see how the next few series go and see if we need you." That suggests Adams' strain is low-grade and more likely a 7-10 day injury (or less) rather than a 3-4 week (or longer) strain. It still remains to be seen whether Adams can practice and prepare for a full workload this week. I'll have more after Wednesday's practice report.

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