By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on August 26, 2014
One of the hardest things to watch during the NFL preseason is players getting hurt. They have yet to play a regular season down, and yet, their season is potentially over before it even started. The good news is a majority of the injuries that have occurred are not season-enders. However, some players still have a long road to recovery. Here’s a look at the 10 most notable injuries after preseason Week 3.
Jordan Reed, who is the projected starting tight end for the Washington Redskins in 2014, is dealing with a badly sprained thumb that he suffered in Saturday’s preseason game. The injury has prevented him from practicing on Monday, while Tuesday is still up in the air.
The No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders have high expectations for cornerback D.J. Hayden. Unfortunately, those expectations haven’t had an opportunity to be met because he can’t stay healthy. After appearing in only eight games last season because of injuries, Hayden will miss at least the first six games this season on the PUP list with a foot injury.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills aggravated his quad muscle in the team’s third preseason game. It is the same quad muscle that his limited his practice time and forced him to miss the first two preseason games. It’s imperative that Stills gets healthy as he’s projected to be a big-time target for Drew Brees this year.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub continues to deal with elbow soreness that has prevented him from practicing the last two days. Despite the Raiders expressing no concerns over the injury, the reality is his status for Week 1 is in doubt. In fact, a mixture of Schaub’s elbow soreness and performance this preseason could pave the way for Derek Carr to start under center.
Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman has officially been placed on the PUP list as he recovers from an ACL and MCL tear that he suffered in the playoffs. Even though the San Francisco 49ers expected Bowman to miss the first half of the season, the fact that it is now official makes it worthy of a notable injury update.
Cam Newton’s status for Week 1 is questionable after he suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs. He has already been ruled out for the Carolina Panthers’ final preseason game. Newton has reportedly been walking better, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he will be able to practice until Wednesday of next week.
The Green Bay Packers’ defensive line took a big blow after B.J. Raji suffered a torn biceps that will force him to miss the entire season. Even though Raji is one of the more overrated players in the league, there’s no question that his experience in big games could come in handy later in the season.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has made tremendous progress this season. A likely candidate for the PUP list, Gronkowski has defied the odds and appears confident to play in all 16 games and beyond in 2014. Even though the ACL and MCL tear he suffered last season has prevented him from doing too much in camp, the hope is that he will be ready for Week 1. Gronk has been ruled out for New England’s final preseason game.
Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion in the Denver Broncos’ third preseason game, appears to be in good spirits. The wide receiver has shot down all talks about retirement due to his three concussions in two years. Instead, the focus is getting ready to play in Week 1, which appears likely.
One of the biggest injuries of the preseason is that of St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford re-tearing his left ACL. The Rams have a young, talented team that was confident a successful season could occur in 2014. Unfortunately, that is now up in the air with Bradford done for the season.
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