- ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Eagles QB Carson Wentz will undergo ACL surgery “within a couple days.“
- Dr. James Andrews tells Mortensen that expectations should be tempered for a player with an ACL surgery to return in time for the start of the 2018 season.
- Andrews explained that ACL repairs typically require 9-to-12 months and too many football players have unrealistic expectations, considering that Adrian Peterson managed to return from tears to his ACL and MCL in 9 months. (Chris Mortensen)
- Andrews says that Peterson was “genetically unique” and should be considered the exception to the rule.
- Andrews added that the danger of returning to football too early from ACL surgery comes with higher odds of tearing the graft repair and places the healthy knee in jeopardy until rehab and healing are thoroughly accomplished. (Chris Mortensen)
Browns HC Hue Jackson was asked about the report from Sunday night that there’s a belief in league circles that new GM John Dorsey will attempt to hire his own head coach, even though owner Jimmy Haslam has said Jackson will return for the 2018 season.
“That’s not the feeling that I get at all,” Jackson said, via Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com. “I’m focused on the task at hand, which is doing everything I can to work to win games here. I can’t really concern myself with those things, but I can honestly tell all of you, I don’t think that’s the case at all.
“I just think you have to trust in what [Haslam] said. I know I do. I don’t see it any other way, personally, myself. I think what he said is what he meant. That’s what I believe and that’s what I know.”
Jackson also said his views about the team are “very much” in sync with Dorsey’s.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Jackson said. “We’re having conversations about how we see football, which I think is really important, how we see winning evolving here and how we’re going to get to it. I think you have to be able to talk like that all of the time.”
- Ian Rapoport reports that X-Rays come back negative on RB Elijah McGuire‘s injured ankle.
- Beyond that, Rapoport says that McGuire’s MRI was “relatively clean” and showed just “minimal” damage.
- Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Monday that QB Marcus Mariota is dealing with a left knee sprain. (Paul Kuharsky)
- Mularkey added: “We don’t think it’s a real serious, probably take it day-by-day.” (Paul Kuharsky)
- Ian Rapoport reports that LT Taylor Lewan has a soft tissue issue in his lower back that is not a long-term injury and won’t require surgery.