Editor’s note: Every week, our in-house injury expert, Aaron Borgmann, will share some notes on the injuries coming out of One Arrowhead Drive.
LB Dee Ford – (Groin)
Player has been limited at practice all week with a groin strain. As we spoke about earlier this week, the Wednesday practice was a walkthrough, so it cannot be regarded as a normal practice. While you would like to see a full practice (FP) designation here, the fact that he was able to work all week in some fashion is a good sign. A “questionable” designation at this point is most likely a hedge of bets on the team’s part in case the player does not continue to progress. As was stated last week, with this player and this injury, speed rushers and muscle strains are not a great match, but in the last game, it was proven that this is something that the player can at least play through and contribute on some level.
WR Sammy Watkins – (Hamstring)
Concerning due to the player’s history of muscle strains. As was mentioned during the game, it was a good sign that the player was able to run back and forth up/down the sideline immediately after the injury, and the fact that he was able to be a LP designation all week. As stated above, the team may have limited this player due to short week in prep for the game as a hamstring injury is certainly something you don’t want to linger or get worse, especially in a WR. Since we have no context of this player, in this system, with this coaching/medical staff, it is hard to make any assumptions here. Most likely what you see is what you get, and the player hopefully continues to progress Friday and Saturday in prep for the game. Could be game-time decision, could just be the team being cautious on a short week.
S Armani Watts – (Groin)
This is a new incidence of an injury that showed up on Thursday. While you hate to see injuries come around that late in the week, this could simply be a case of timing. Many times, on short weeks and due to lighter practices, players have items show up during the first hard practice of the week. Hopefully, that is the case here. This is backed up by the fact that the player had a designation of full practice two days in a row after the injury was reported. While the questionable designation is never ideal, again, it is most likely the team being cautious with the player should he not continue to progress throughout the week.
WR Chris Conley, C Mitch Morse, DL Chris Jones
These players have all been on the injury report with injuries either from known events or unknown causes. At any rate, the have all been “full practice” (FP) all three days. This would fall under the category of maintenance. Football is hard, and players need work sometimes in order to play. There is little to no concern here.
S ERIC BERRY – (heel)
Aaron Borgmann is the owner of Borgmann Rehab Solutions and a former 12-year NFL Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer.