The Chargers announced Friday that S Derwin James will miss an unspecified amount of time after suffering a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal of his right foot. ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that James has talked to foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson and is "determining what next steps he wants to take." That likely means he's considering whether to have surgery, which would probably extend his return timeline. This will be a situation to watch concerning 1 of the NFL's top young defensive talents.
We already knew that Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders had surgery in December to repair his torn left Achilles' tendon. Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported Monday, though, that Sanders also had "tightrope" surgery on his right ankle. That operation reportedly treated an injury that Sanders suffered back in October 2017 and that dogged him throughout last season. "Tightrope" surgery can be used to repair high-ankle sprains, according to the Souther California Orthopedic Institute. Sanders blamed that injury for causing his Achilles' tear. No one can know how true that might be, but this operation sounds like a positive for Sanders' health heading into 2019 -- rather than a knock on his outlook.
Eagles TE Dallas Goedert came away from Thursday night's preseason opener with a calf injury. The team announced Saturday that he'll sit out the final 3 exhibitions and is currently "week to week," per multiple reports. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, the injury isn't considered serious. Philly expects Goedert to return in time for the regular-season opener.
Niners RB Jerick McKinnon returned to practice this week for the 1st time since tearing his right ACL last summer. The knee has not responded well to the work, though. "He'll be shut down for a while," according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. The lack of a timetable is worrisome, especially for a RB on a team with Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida ready to go.
The 49ers will be without DE Nick Bosa for an undetermined span after he sprained his right ankle in Wednesday's practice. An MRI confirmed the injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's not yet clear how long the team expects Bosa to be out.
Cowboys DE Robert Quinn suffered a left hand fracture in practice Tuesday and will miss the rest of August, according to multiple reports. Quinn will have surgery on the hand but is expected to return for the regular season.
HC Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that MLB Bobby Wagner had platelet-rich plasma therapy on 1 of his knees over the weekend, according to multiple sources. Carroll said Wagner has had the procedure "a couple of times" previously and found success. Other Seahawks players have also sought the treatment in recent seasons. Wagner's expected to sit out the team's preseason opener Thursday but could return for the 2nd exhibition. The situation doesn't appear likely to affect his regular-season availability.
The Colts will miss DE Jabaal Sheard for an unspecified amount of time because of a knee injury. Fox59's Mike Chappell reports that the DE recently had surgery on a knee issue that has kept him out since the 2nd day of training camp. It's not yet clear what injury Sheard suffered or how long he'll be out. We'll watch for those details.
Buccaneers LB Lavonte David had a partial tear of his left meniscus repaired Sunday, according to multiple reports. HC Bruce Arians downplayed the arthroscopic surgery and said he expects David to be ready for the regular season. We'll see whether he can make it back in time.
Niners DE Dee Ford has tendinitis in his left knee that will keep him out of practice for at least the next week. HC Kyle Shanahan gave reporters that timeline Friday while revealing that Ford underwent plasma-rich platelet treatment on the joint. We'll see whether Ford can make it back in a week and remain on the field.
The Colts will continue to be without QB Andrew Luck for the next week, HC Frank Reich told reporters Saturday. Luck is still rehabbing his strained left calf. The player and the team have downplayed the issue, but it’s starting to get worrisome. We’ll keep an eye on the situation
Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill bruised his right quad in Tuesday's practice and sat out the next couple of days. He returned Friday, however, according to BJ Kissel of the team website. We don't expect further issue with the area.
Rookie Seahawks DE L.J. Collier suffered a high right ankle sprain in Tuesday's practice, multiple outlets report. The team hasn't announced an expected return timeline, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Collier is likely to miss the preseason. We'll see if the rookie can get back in time to fight for a regular-season spot in the starting lineup.
Bengals WR A.J. Green is "now expected to miss a few games" based on what his Tuesday morning clean-out ankle surgery revealed, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Rapoport delivered several varying reports on Green's outlook Tuesday, but the latest seems like the best working assumption for now. We'll keep an eye out for further details of Green's specific injury.
Bengals WR A.J. Green suffered torn ligaments in his right ankle in Saturday's practice, according to multiple reports. An MRI revealed the extent of the damage after initial reports deemed it likely a mere low-ankle sprain. Green is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the wideout will seek further opinions but that surgery is not currently planned.
Ravens QB Robert Griffin III suffered a hairline fracture in his right thumb in Saturday's practice. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Griffin will be out 4-8 weeks, while NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the team expects Griffin to be ready for the regular-season opener. Griffin sustained the injury when his throwing hand hit the helmet of teammate Tim Williams on follow-through.
Buccaneers S Justin Evans has opened training camp on the PUP list thanks to the combo of turf toe and a heel injury that ended his 2018 season early and kept him out all spring. HC Bruce Arians told the Tampa Bay Times this week that he has "no idea" when Evans will be ready to play. We'll see what happens with this situation.
Broncos LB Todd Davis strained his right calf (which could also be referred to as a "partial tear") in a training camp practice. ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports that Davis will miss the next 3-4 weeks. That still gives him time to be ready for the regular season. We'll see if Davis can make it back in time for the real games.
Bears S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix sustained a knee sprain at the "very end" of the team's offseason program, GM Ryan Pace told the team website. Pace expects the safety to begin training camp on the PUP list. That would mean no on-field drills initially, but Clinton-Dix could be reactivated at any time. We'll see how soon he can return.
Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a neck fracture in a single-car accident last week and is expected to require surgery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pierre-Paul will be visiting neck specialists later this week, with the hope that he'll be able to return at some point this season. For now, it looks like we can bet on JPP at least missing the beginning of campaign. We'll keep an eye out for further updates.
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