NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday to discuss several injuries to high-profile stars, including Dez Bryant, J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson.
Bryant, who was injured in a 31-17 win over the Bears on Sunday, has a hairline fracture in his right knee and could miss several games as a result.
“It’s not a great injury,” Rapoport said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I think they originally thought it was an MCL sprain. The fact that he played 55 minutes or something on it is interesting. I think for a lot of people, you would say this would be a two- or three-week injury. It’s a slight hairline fracture, so it’s very, very small, but the reality is, rehabbing a bone isn’t a thing. It’s how strong can you get the area around it and how much pain can you deal with? But he did play on it and play well. He showed up at the facility today on a crutch. By the end of the day, he was walking fine and not on a crutch. So I think the real thing is, we don’t know. We might not know until Sunday whether Dez Bryant is playing.”
J.J. Watt, meanwhile, was placed on IR after re-injuring his back. Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, had surgery on his back in July. He hadn’t missed a game since his sophomore year of high school, but now he will.
It’d be easy to criticize the Texans for allowing Watt to rush back from surgery, but Rapoport didn’t do that.
“First of all, he was medically cleared, and the Texans’ medical staff is a good one,” he said. “There’s no way they’d let him out there if he would be a danger to himself. That being said, it’s J.J. Watt. They wanted to hold him back. They originally planned to have him play Week 2 or 3, but he was insisting on Week 1. Medically, he was okay but wasn’t in the best shape ever. He needed to get in game condition. He was out there not 100 percent. I don’t know if that makes sense, but he wasn’t at risk of re-injuring that when he went out there, but (he) was not in 100 percent shape. So that does make him susceptible. But part of the problem is, we can criticize – and people have and I have – J.J. Watt for fighting like crazy to be out there Week 1. You say, ‘What’s the point?’ This is the same sort of drive that has made him one of the best defensive players through a couple of years in NFL history.”
Finally, Russell Wilson has a sprained MCL. He may play this weekend, but Doug Gottlieb believes Seattle should sit him. After all, the Seahawks (2-1) have a bye in Week 5, so Wilson could get two weeks of rest and come back ready to go against the Falcons on Oct. 16.
“That’s true,” Rapoport said, “but they don’t have any other option. They have Trevone Boykin, who they like, but they don’t have another quarterback on the roster. They could sign T.J. Yates, theoretically. But in the state of today’s NFL, if you are a team without a quarterback, it is tough out there. Aside from Yates, there literally is nobody else you can sign. It’s a tough situation now.”