Monday Injury Rounds: Week 9

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

Chris Godwin | Right index finger fracture | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 9

The Buccaneers revealed Godwin suffered a fractured finger in Week 7. The injury was not stable and required surgery on Tuesday. Generally, a surgical procedure raises concern for a longer-term absence. In Godwin's case, an unstable fracture left to heal without pins would have required 4-6 weeks to heal. Now, he'll have a chance to return in less than half the time.

Adam Schefter is reporting the team is optimistic Godwin can return in Week 9, just ten days after surgery. Ultimately, Godwin's return will depend on pain tolerance and whether he can effectively catch and block with a splint protecting his repair. Week 10 may be a more realistic goal but an important home division matchup against New Orleans may accelerate the timetable if Godwin is close to playing.

Calvin Ridley | Left midfoot sprain | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 9

Ridley narrowly avoided a more serious midfoot sprain when his foot turned just prior to the weight of a defender landing on it during a tackle last Thursday night. Images did not show a fracture and a follow up MRI reportedly revealed a low-grade sprain. Ian Rapoport tweeted the Falcons consider Ridley day-to-day.

It's difficult for a player to return within ten days of a low-grade midfoot sprain but the extra 2-3 days of rehab after a Thursday night game may be enough to earn Ridley clearance. Atlanta has a Week 10 bye, which could complicate the team's decision-making process. If Ridley is close, they may choose to return him knowing he'll have two additional weeks of rest to follow.

My general bias is to presume a pending bye makes it less likely a player will be cleared, however. Consider Ridley doubtful until he returns to practice.

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