As the season approaches, Robert Griffin III has to be just as careful in training camp.
Several teams took huge hits as injuries became the lead story in the opening days of training camps around the NFL. What’s frustrating and unnerving is league execs are still pushing for an 18-game schedule.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a season-ending injury when he tore the ACL in his right leg on Saturday. Maclin was poised to be an integral piece in head coach Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense. Maclin led the Eagles last year in receptions (69), receiving yardage (857) and touchdowns (7).
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens signed veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe after losing tight end Dennis Pitta to a hip injury. Pitta dislocated his hip in practice when he collided with James Ihedigbo on a jump ball in the back of the end zone. Pitta had surgery on his hip and by all reports could be lost for the season.
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller was motionless on the field for about ten minutes after colliding with a player. Miller was taken to the hospital and later released with what has been ruled a concussion.
The career of Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen is most certainly over after tearing the ACL in his left leg. Koppen came out of retirement after starting center J.D. Walton suffered a season-ending ankle injury last month.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Darius Fleming suffered a severe injury to his left knee. Last year Fleming missed all of last season with a torn ACL in the same knee.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Armon Binns tore the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee. Binns was looking to catch on with the Dolphins after playing only five games in the last two seasons.
There’s no way to predict or prevent injuries from happening, but when training rooms resemble a trauma unit in the first days of camp, something has to be said. Some injuries occurred while the players were in pads and some like Maclin’s did not. The precautions put in place to limit hitting during training camp and the regular season makes sense, but bodies are still piling up.
There is no quick cure for the injury bug, only precaution, which should begin by killing any talk of an 18-game schedule.
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