Injury News

Bears WR Cameron Meredith has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and a "minor tear" of his MCL, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. It's relatively good news.He's done for the 2017 season but is looking at an 8-month rehab timeline -- rather than 12+ months if he had suffered more damage to his left knee. Barring setbacks, Meredith should be ready at least for the start of next year's training camp.

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will miss "at least a few weeks" with a sprained shoulder suffered in Saturday's preseason game, according to insider Mike Klis. Lynch doesn't need surgery. When healthy, he'll back up QB Trevor Siemian.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert was held out of Sunday's preseason game with knee tendinitis, HC Marvin Lewis said. Lewis downplayed the situation, but we don't consider anything minor when it comes to Eifert. He's missed 27 games through 4 NFL seasons with a variety of injuries. None have been to his knee, which we guess is a good thing. We'll see when Eifert is able to get back on the field and whether the issue lingers.

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill exited Sunday's preseason game with an ankle injury. We didn't notice the injury, and Hill told the media afterward that he's fine, according to insider Jim Owczarski. We'll keep an eye on him going forward. Hill has missed just 1 game through 3 NFL seasons. Our model gives him a 23.8% chance of injury in 2017.

Jets QB Bryce Petty suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's a minor injury -- and Petty is hoping to play in Thursday's preseason finale, per Schefter.

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch suffered a right shoulder bruise in Saturday night's game against the Packers. HC Vance Joseph said afterward that he's "not too concerned." Lynch, of course, had already lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas suffered a groin injury in Saturday night's game against the Packers. Denver has ruled him out for the rest of the game. We'll see what the team says as far as an official diagnosis and timetable for return.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor went down with a concussion in Saturday's preseason game vs. Baltimore. Fortunately, our database shows that it's his first concussion. He'll have about 2 weeks to clear the NFL's concussion protocol before a Week 1 date with the Jets.

ESPN's Mike Reiss notes that Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has been "slowed" by a knee injury. Mitchell injured his right knee 2 separate times in college, including a torn ACL in 2013. "His availability at this time remains an unknown," Reiss adds. We'll keep an eye on him.

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that an MRI on Patriots WR Julian Edelman's right knee confirmed a "complete ACL tear." He's done for the season and is tasked with a lengthy rehab. If all goes smoothly, he'll be ready for the start of training camp next year. But Edelman will be 32 years old at that point. Our model figures to peg him as a high injury risk in 2018.

Texans RB Alfred Blue suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team's 2nd preseason game, according to insider Aaron Wilson. "Hope is he'll be able to return soon," Wilson adds. High-ankle sprains are usually 4+ week injuries, so we're marking Blue down as doubtful for Week 1.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said after Friday night's preseason game that RB Spencer Ware is dealing with a "sprained knee." His ACL is believe to be intact, but he'll undergo further testing to check for damage to the meniscus, PCL or MCL. It sounds like Ware escaped without a season-ending injury, but he's probably still looking at a multi-week absence. We'll continue to update his status as we learn more.

The Patriots "suspect" WR Julian Edelman suffered a torn right ACL in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "But do not definitely know," Schefter adds. "MRI on Sunday to determine full extent of injury." These "he-probably-tore-his-ACL" reports usually turn out to be torn ACLs. If that's the case, Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season. He already had a lengthy injury history and will be 32 when the 2018 season kicks off.

The Chiefs quickly ruled RB Spencer Ware out for the rest of Friday night's preseason game after he left in the 1st quarter with a right knee injury. Ware went to the locker room on a cart. Any absence would turn rookie RB Kareem Hunt into the lead back. We'll await further diagnosis.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman suffered a leg injury in the 1st half of Friday night's preseason game against the Lions. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Edelman "limped off grabbing the back of his knee." He was eventually carted to the locker room. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Titans WR Eric Decker will miss the team's 3rd preseason game with an ankle injury, HC Mike Mularkey said. It's not ideal for a guy coming off an injury-wrecked season and settling into a new offense, but we've heard nothing to suggest that Decker is in danger of missing the start of the regular season. Our model pegs him with a just a 20.5% chance of injury in 2017.

Rams rookie WR Cooper Kupp will miss Week 3 of the preseason with a minor groin injury. A rising player in recent weeks, Kupp remains in line for an early-season role.

Texans DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice Thursday after missing more than a week of workouts and the team's 2nd preseason game. While the situation seemed a mystery according to several recent reports, the Houston Chronicle says Clowney was dealing with leg soreness and spent time working off to the side. The important thing is that Clowney's back on the field now, in plenty of time before the regular season begins.

Eagles DE Brandon Graham and LB Jordan Hicks exited Monday's practice with elbow and quad injuries, respectively. Both players missed Tuesday's workout, which HC Doug Pederson followed by calling them "day to day," according to The Intelligencer. Hicks also told reporters that he'd be OK, while Graham stood on the sideline for the Tuesday workout. Both issues look relatively minor, although likely to keep both starters out of Thursday night's 3rd preseason game.

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright left the team for about a week for what HC Pete Carroll deemed a knee "process" -- not a surgery -- according to The News-Tribune. Wright returned to practice Tuesday and said the unspecified treatment was for an issue that flared up in June and that he had been playing through. Wright said and the team "wanted to be smart, so I could be 100 percent for the season." Wright opened training camp on time and played in the 1st preseason game before leaving for the "process." Barring any setbacks, he appears on track for a normal start to the year.