Monday Injury Rounds: Week 6

Analysis on Dak Prescott's season-ending injury. Follow up discussion on Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Cam Newton, Leonard Fournette, 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

Dak Prescott | Right ankle fracture / dislocation | Season-ending injury

Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury with a visible deformity on a second-half run. The need for an air splint after the injury was treated on the field suggested an unstable injury and Prescott was taken to the hospital immediately for surgery.

Mike Ryan -- former NFL athletic trainer, now NBC analyst -- noted the Cowboys' medical staff used gauze when addressing Prescott's injury, which raises the possibility of an open fracture. Although Prescott won't have as many complicating field factors (i.e. grass and dirt, wet field) as Alex Smith had with his leg fracture, an open fracture requires careful treatment to limit the risk of infection.

Prescott's season is over but this is not likely to be a career-threatening injury. Expect Prescott to return in 2021.

Sunday Update: Multiple reports now suggest Prescott did suffer an open ankle fracture. He'll have the injury irrigated and explored to lower the risk of infection as much as possible. Surgeons will stabilize the fracture. Expect Prescott to be observed until the risk of infection is minimal before beginning his rehab.

An immediately recognized and treated open fracture helps lower the risk of infection. Alex Smith's injury will be referenced as a high-risk comparison but was complicated by a grass/dirt/wet field. Prescott's injury and repair should not have as many environmental risks. If Prescott gets through the few days after surgery without any complications, he has an excellent chance to be ready for 2021.

Monday Update: Prescott's surgery reportedly went smoothly. He is expected to be discharged from the hospital within 48 hours. That's an excellent prognostic factor and suggests a smooth fixation and low risk for infection. Prescott was given a 4-6 month recovery timetable but it's doubtful he'll be cleared to return before training camp next summer.

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