Of course, we have Manning, but.........
Reed is out, and I'm not encouraged by his need to seek outside "help" in his rehab.
Swearinger, although promising, is still a rookie.
Pleasant is almost a rookie, and now has suffered an undefined "knee injury."
Keo had question marks following him from the past, and now has suffered a thigh "contusion."
Re. Keo's injury:
Quadriceps contusion or a ‘cork thigh’, as it is commonly known, is the result of a severe impact to the thigh which consequently compresses against the hard surface of the femur (thigh bone). This often causes deep rupture to the muscle tissue and hemorrhage occurs, which is followed by inflammation.
Contusions are classified according to their severity:
(and I have listed typical return to play......although, the return to sport period from all grades of contusion injury may sometimes be significantly reduced with good early injury management practices and assessment by the medical team)
(Mild) A player experiencing a mild contusion will usually be able to continue playing however may feel some soreness after cooling down or the following day. The affected area may be tender to touch, the ability to stretch the muscle may be diminished slightly, and the strength of the muscle may also be adversely affected.
Return to play – 2 to 3 weeks.
(Moderate) A moderate contusion may prevent a player from continuing; however minimum stiffening/swelling may be experienced with rest. The player may experience some pain and the affected area will be tender to touch. A player with a moderate contusion of the quadriceps will often walk with a limp and range of motion will be diminished by up to 50%.
Return to play – 4 to 6 weeks minimum.
(Severe) A severe contusion will be characterized by rapid onset of swelling and obvious bleeding. Both swelling and bleeding may not be able to be controlled. Movement loss will be severe and difficulty bearing full weight on the affected leg will be apparent. The affected area will be very tender and muscle strength will be diminished.
Return to play – 8 weeks minimum.