Monday Injury Rounds: Week 5

Analysis on Week 4 injuries to Nick Chubb, Mike Evans, Josh Allen, Austin Ekeler. COVID updates on Cam Newton. Follow up discussion on Michael Thomas, Leonard Fournette, Chris Godwin, and 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

Nick Chubb | Right knee injury | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 5

Chubb was hit on the outside of his right knee while pass blocking and did not return. Video of the injury is most consistent with an MCL sprain but additional injuries cannot be ruled out. The Browns wouldn't discuss specifics after the game, saying only Chubb would have an MRI on Monday to further evaluate the injury.

Thankfully, this injury is not to the same knee that Chubb injured (multiple ligament, including ACL) at Georgia.

Even an isolated, low-grade MCL sprain causes pain and stability issues that limit a running back's ability to play. Prepare for a multiple-week absence.

Monday Update: Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport are confirming a high-grade MCL sprain for Chubb. He may miss six weeks and will be moved to injured reserve today.

Mike Evans | Right high ankle sprain | Day-to-Day | Questionable Week 5

Evans returned to the game after limping off with what video suggests is a high ankle sprain. Although he looked limited at times, Evans was effective for the rest of the game and Bruce Arians told reporters he thought Evans would play Thursday night.

However, as we often see, the 24-48 hours after a high ankle sprain are critical. Except in clearly higher-grade injuries, it can be difficult to predict the amount of swelling and stiffness that develop in the hours after the game. The quick turnaround to Thursday won't help Evans.

Arians' optimism sounds reassuring but we may hear more pessimism as the week progresses.

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