Insideinjuries.com has the latest on QBs who continue to recover from season-ending injuries and offseason surgeries.
Carson Wentz PHI: torn ACL & LCL
There was a chance that Carson Wentz was going to start training camp on the active/PUP list, but he was considered healthy enough to avoid it. We were expecting to see Wentz limited to 7-on-7 drills at the start of training camp, but he reportedly practiced with the first team offense in 11-on-11 drills over the weekend. It’s also important to note that he was in full pads. At one point two linemen made contact with Wentz’ surgically-repaired left knee, but he escaped unscathed.
Coach Doug Pederson admitted that he still sees hesitation in Wentz, which isn’t surprising after an ACL and LCL tear. “It’s more about his head than his knee right now,” Pederson said. Wentz still has some rust to shake off, but the Eagles expect him to be under center Week 1 against the Falcons. He also just returned to a Low Injury Risk (12%), a very positive sign according to our analytics.
Deshaun Watson HOU: torn ACL
All of the news coming out of Houston regarding quarterback Deshaun Watson seems to point to a Week 1 return. After suffering an ACL last October, Watson has been progressing well in his rehab and hasn’t suffered a setback. He avoided the PUP list and was ready for the start of training camp last week. He is participating in team drills each day, and it looks like he will see some action during the preseason. It’s possible that Watson’s explosiveness will be affected by his second ACL tear in four years, but that remains to be seen. Watson will turn 23 shortly after the start of the regular season, so he has youth on his side. If Watson is able to return to his pre-injury form, he will be a top Fantasy quarterback. Right now his HPF is back at Peak, so our algorithm suggests he should be in for another strong season.
Ryan Tannehill MIA: torn ACL
After missing the entire 2017 season recovering from ACL surgery, Tannehill will be a full-go for Week 1. He was a full participant in OTAs in May and even practiced without a brace, though he plans to wear one during the regular season. Tannehill was wearing a brace last offseason when he re-injured his ACL, but now that it’s surgically-repaired, Tannehill’s knee should be even stronger. The QB was fully cleared for all football activities before minicamp and has been full-steam ahead ever since.
The good news here is that Tannehill still has confidence in his mobility. It’s a good sign that Tannehill isn’t experiencing a mental block in his recovery if he still plans to rely on his legs as an option. He was limited to just 13 games in the past two years because of his knee injuries, so to say there is some rust to shake off here is a bit of an understatement. Look for Tannehill to get significant preseason reps to try and get back to form.
Andrew Luck IND: torn labrum and biceps tendonesis
We can’t believe we are actually saying this, but it looks like Andrew Luck might actually be ready Week 1. He ramped up his throwing in June with a high school sized football and then transitioned to a regulation sized football by the end of the month. Ramping up his rehab last year lead to pain in his biceps, which ultimately caused him to be shut down. But this time around, Luck claims his surgically-repaired shoulder is pain-free. Luck was good to go for the start of training camp and put up an impressive performance in the Colts’ first full-padded practice on Sunday. It was Luck’s first full-padded practice since the end of the 2016 season.
Colts coach Frank Reich expects Luck to play in the preseason opener on August 9th. If Luck does make an appearance, it would be safe to say that he is on track to play in Week 1. All of this is, of course, barring a setback, but it’s the most promising news we’ve had regarding Luck since he underwent surgery over a year and a half ago. Proceed with caution if you’re going to draft Andrew Luck this season, but he does have plenty of upside if he proves he is healthy. Inside Injuries does continue to show that his Injury Risk is Elevated – no surprise.
Aaron Rodgers GB: collarbone fracture
Rodgers’ broken collarbone hasn’t been the main news circling the Packers’ quarterback this offseason. It’s actually been his contract renegotiation. Things don’t exactly seem to be going swimmingly in that department, but Packers fans should be able to rest easy regarding Rodgers’ health. Those 13 screws and two plates held up in Week 15 when Rodgers returned as a Hail Mary to keep the Packers’ playoff hopes alive, but the team placed him back on IR immediately following the loss. There was some speculation that Rodgers would need an additional surgery, but further examination revealed that wasn’t necessary.
He has been a full participant in practice all off-season, but something is clearly bothering Rodgers in training camp. The QB threw three interceptions in practice on Monday, totaling seven interceptions in practices this offseason. It’s not necessarily related to his broken collarbone, but there could be some lingering discomfort or even a mechanical change that has put Rodgers off his game. He still has time before the start of the regular season to fix the problem, but it is somewhat concerning.
Tom Brady NE: hand laceration
Tom Brady made waves in the media this offseason for his comments regarding Bill Belichick and retirement rumors, but our concern is related to the thumb laceration he suffered shortly before the Super Bowl. There were various rumors spreading about the extent of the injury, whether it was an open dislocation or if he sustained ligament damage. Brady was able to play through the injury in the Super Bowl, and despite the loss, he played an amazing game. If the injury was just a simple laceration, Brady should have been completely healed months ago. But if the injury involved a dislocation or ligament damage, it’s possible he could experience lingering discomfort.
Blake Bortles JAX: wrist surgery
Blake Bortles was listed with a wrist injury every week last season, but he never missed a game and was never limited in practice. We suspected something was up, so it was no surprise to see that he underwent a minor procedure in the offseason to address the wrist issue. He was fully healthy before the start of OTAs and was reportedly “pain-free” during training. Bortles has been practicing with “no limitations” so far, and we don’t expect the wrist injury to affect his performance going forward. He is back at a Low Injury Risk.