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Every team has now played one preseason game. While it still seems early in the preseason, the league is now halfway through training camp and less than four weeks from opening weekend.
Expect teams to start advancing recovering players in their rehab protocols soon. Unfortunately, we're also likely to see more high-profile players at risk of injury as teams increase practice reps and consider playing starters in preseason games.
What You Need to Know
- Saquon Barkley is off the PUP list but has work to do to convince the Giants he's healthy enough to be available in Week 1.
- Carson Wentz is expected to advance his rehab next week. A reassuring week will give him a chance to complete his rehab in time to play in Week 1.
- Darren Waller has a minor ankle injury and is not expected to miss regular-season time.
- Amari Cooper was activated off the PUP list last week and will continue reconditioning this week.
- Dak Prescott will continue his throwing program this week after an MRI showed his muscle strain is healing well.
- Rashod Bateman had core abdominal muscle surgery and is likely to start the season on injured reserve.
Follow Up Appointments
Carson Wentz | Left metatarsal avulsion fracture | August 2 | 5-8 Weeks | Doubtful Week 1
The Colts and Wentz continue to get good news. Wentz did not need crutches or a boot after the procedure, confirming he did not require more extensive ligament or tendon repair and condensing his likely rehab timetable to the 4-8 week range.
He'll be two weeks from his August 2nd surgery on Monday and will be evaluated to determine whether he can begin more aggressive rehab. The Colts are optimistic that clearance will come. While Jim Irsay told reporters Wentz would not play until fully recovered, steady and successful rehab in the next two weeks will put him on track to play in Week 1.
We'll know more about his availability -- and how mobile he may be in his first start -- by the end of the month.
Dak Prescott | Right latissimus muscle strain | July 28 | Day-to-Day | Probable Week 1
It was reasonable to raise an eyebrow when the Cowboys reported Prescott would undergo another MRI just a few days after returning to a light throwing program. It's generally not standard procedure to repeat imaging studies during rehab protocols.
But this is the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys, and Dak Prescott.
Prescott said he was not having any pain with light throwing, the MRI was reportedly reassuring, and Prescott is expected to continue his throwing program this week. There's a chance he'll practice this week and all indications continue to point to him being fully ready for Week 1.
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