Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns: Taylor went down during the first half of Week 3 with what appeared to be a nasty left hand/wrist injury. As he fell to the turf, he extended his left hand to brace his fall, causing his hand and wrist to be bent awkwardly. Shockingly, Taylor returned to play after the injury, indicating the injury was not as bad as it looked. News surfaced after the game that Taylor dislocated his left pinky. Taylor is likely dealing with soreness and some swelling in the lateral side of his hand, but there is no concern regarding his availability for Week 1.
Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers: Ty Montgomery exited Week 3 of the preseason early after injuring his foot in the first half. It’s unclear exactly when the injury occurred, but fortunately, he was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. There are little details regarding Montgomery, so this is a situation worth monitoring throughout the next week. A converted wide receiver, Montgomery’s knock has always been his inability to handle the rigors of being an NFL running back. Time will tell if this adds to this concern.
D.J. Foster, Arizona Cardinals: This is for those of you out there with deep benches, as Foster was the #3 on the Cardinals RB depth chart. His season is over after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee while covering a kickoff against the Cowboys. He will undergo surgery in the near future and spend an entire year recovering from his surgery.
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars: Marqise Lee suffered a gruesome left knee injury against the Falcons, causing him to be carted off the field. The defender hit him low, causing his knee to buckle and bend awkwardly. He will undergo season-ending surgery on his knee to repair torn ligaments in his knee. Worth noting, the Jaguars declined to give specifics regarding which ligaments were torn but based off the video, I suspect an ACL and MCL tear with potential for more damage. Look for Lee to be back for Week 1 of 2019 after having the entire season and offseason to rehab. As we know, having more time for rehab after surgery is very important for the athlete’s ability to be ready to go the following season. Fortunately, he won’t have to rush back. In his absence, Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief, and Dede Westbrook will see an uptick in targets this year.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: It’s been reported that Josh Gordon is dealing with some “tightness” in his hamstring. The Browns don’t seem concerned about the injury, but it’s worth noting given that Gordon just recently returned to Cleveland after his hiatus. This injury could continue to cause Flash to miss important training camp time, which could halt his ability to develop chemistry with Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield. Regardless, the Browns will want to be conservative with Gordon over the next 2 weeks in order to prevent this minor injury from becoming a bigger deal heading into Week 1.
Hayden Hurst, Baltimore Ravens: Just as he seemed to be building some chemistry with his quarterback, Joe Flacco, Hayden Hurst is out with an injury. He’s got a stress fracture in his foot, which required surgery to insert a screw to stabilize the bone. Stress fractures develop slowly over time and are mostly due to rapid increases in activity or intensity of exercise. They rarely require surgery, but when they do, it’s not a good sign, as it may indicate poor bone healing. The initially reported recovery timeline of 3-4 weeks is too optimistic in my opinion. I predict that the rookie TE will be out of game action for at least 6 weeks.
Evan Engram, New York Giants: Engram caught a short reception from Eli Manning and got immediately sandwiched between two Jets defenders. One linebacker’s helmet made contact with Engram’s helmet, and he immediately grabbed for his head upon falling to the turf. He enters the league’s concussion protocol and will have two weeks to be ready for Week 1. Look for more updates as the week goes on.
Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers: James injured his back after falling hard onto the turf when he leaped into the air to catch a pass from Big Ben. It’s being called a back contusion, so James is likely dealing with some soreness and stiffness in his back, but he should be fine for Week 1. The Steelers are hurting for a consistent reliable tight end, especially with Vance McDonald missing all of the preseason with a foot injury.
Luke Willson, Detroit Lions: Willson exited early with a knee injury, but this is nothing to be concerned about as the Lions were likely being precautionary. He was back at practice on Monday doing some individual drills on Monday, so he should be fine for Week 1. The tight end hasn’t shown much this preseason, but he’s got a chance to open the year as a starter for the Detroit.