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That’s Going to Leave a Mark : Week 7 Rehab and Recovery

The doctor is in! @johnnybgoodeFF recaps Week 7’s injuries and what we can expect in the coming weeks

Largely thanks to “bye-mageddon,” we saw far fewer injuries this week. Let’s dive into them:

Zach Wilson – Sprained Right PCL

Jets' QB Zach Wilson on knee injury: Heard a 'pop,' will have an MRI. Wilson was hit by Matt Judon after releasing a pass, and he remained down for a minute or two, receiving treatment from trainers
Photo by David Butler II, USA Today

Wilson escaped this week with a relatively minor knee injury. The PCL basically has the opposite job of the ACL. While it’s important in its own way with providing stability in the knee, it’s relatively the least consequential to injury of the four knee ligaments. That being said, the expected timeline is 2-4 weeks. This injury does not give me any pause for Wilson’s long-term health outlook.

Malcom Brown – Quadriceps

Brown was surprisingly put on IR, which indicates that this is more than a run-of-the-mill grade I strain and more likely a grade II strain. My opinion would be to count on Brown out for approximately one month. Once this heals up, he should be good to go.

Josh Jacobs – Chest

Jacobs left Sunday’s game against Philadelphia but was later declared to have avoided major injury. The bye week couldn’t come at a better time for Jacobs. I fully expect him to be ready to go Week 9 against the Giants.

Mile Sanders – Right Ankle Sprain

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 24: Miles Sanders #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles is carted off the field in the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sam Morris/Getty Images)
Photo by Sam Morris, Getty Images

This looked worse than what it ultimately ended up being. I think we can look no further than Saquon Barkley missing 2-3 games and apply that to Miles Sanders as well. Once he is back, I would not expect this injury to provide much of an issue for him going forward. Decreasing swelling and protection of the injured structures are key during the first 1-2 weeks.

Dyami Brown – Knee Sprain

Brown sought imaging, which confirmed that he avoided serious injury to his knee. He is likely to miss approximately two weeks. Like other similar injuries, I would not expect this to have any sort of short- or long-term impact on his performance.

Jonnu Smith – Shoulder Sprain

New England Patriots vs New York Jets
Photo by Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

The AC joint is important for elevating the arms overhead. I would expect Jonnu out for Week 8 and returning in Week 9, although this largely depends on the pain and stiffness of this joint. If this were a more serious injury, we would be looking at a longer absence and potential long-term consequences.

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