A major challenge for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans this week was avoiding injuries. One must expect a team that has not had their fans at training camp to put a little bit of extra effort when an opponent comes to town for practice and a game. Unfortunately, both the Broncos and Texans suffered injuries.
In a heated practice, Denver wide receiver Jordan Norwood tore his left ACL and is out for the season. Norwood has impressed Denver with his wide receiver skills along with his special teams play. I saw a great opportunity for Norwood to play a key role for the Broncos as a returner on both kickoffs and punts. Now, Denver must find someone else to fill that void, perhaps Isaiah Burse.
As for Houston, Jadeveon Clowney missed nearly the last hour of practice after colliding with Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme. According to reports, the injury did not appear to be too serious as Clowney appeared to be mostly resting without the company of trainers.
Clowney will most likely miss practice time, while Norwood is gone for the season. Training camp ended last week for the Broncos. I know the team had much interest in evaluating Norwood, but now that chance has ended for at least the entire season.
Due to this injury, Denver’s return game will suffer. However, the much larger point is that the NFL needs to get their preseason under control. The players are in shape, and if they are not they most likely are coming off an injury or will not have a chance of making the roster.
The league needs to shorten the preseason schedule. If this happens, teams will have a better chance of coming into a season healthy while the rest of us can be spared by watching horrible football.