Protecting the quarterback is one of the single most important objectives in football. It's the reason five of the biggest players on every roster comprise the offensive line and explains why tackles are some of the highest paid players in the league. As we head into the 2008 season, it seems most teams have done a great job ensuring their quarterbacks are healthy.
While several guys have some bumps and bruises, questionable injury histories, or have been recovering from offseason operations, quarterback is a relatively healthy position across the league. In fact, almost all of the top QB options come with almost no injury concerns. Most the injuries you'll want to keep an eye on involve younger quarterbacks looking at possible breakout years or former stars looking to recapture past production. Here's a look at the most pressing quarterback injuries across the league:
Honestly, though, is there any other quarterback in the league who prepares the way Manning does? Maybe, and it's a big maybe, Manning is a bit rusty early, but the Colts have a bye in Week 4, so expect Manning to be just fine from that point on.
Outside of Manning, there are almost no injury concerns with the upper tier quarterbacks as camps open across the league.
This brings us to a middle tier group of quarterbacks who come with both health concerns and breakout or rebound expectations. The group starts with the Broncos'
The days of the Rams'
For years with the Falcons, Houston's
After showing positives sign at the end of his rookie season in '06, Washington's
Let's wrap up with one of the league's biggest enigmas: Titans QB
The Cardinals' QB situation could provide ample opportunities for either