We're still two weeks away from kickoff, leaving plenty of time for players to find ways to hurt themselves. Training camp is an interesting period, a combination of all-out, live-or-die fights for primacy and bubble-wrapped, red jersey-wearing players who have their own
The rumors about Peyton Manning have been crazy this week. From the picture of him at a charity event with a large knee brace on his right knee to reports he had a second clean-up procedure on his left knee, the story keeps getting more and more complex. The problem is that all of this recalls the Colts' treatment of
The Eagles are a team that a lot of people seem to be sleeping on, but if they keep losing receivers, there won't be much reason to wake up. Curtis is headed for surgery to repair a sports hernia, a procedure that takes between six and eight weeks to recover from normally. The Eagles aren't offering up any timetables, but Curtis' surgery reportedly went well and sources tell me that the hernia was "normal" (i.e. no bigger a tear than they expected). Players come back from this surgery well, but there's very little in the way of comparsion for an in-season return of a speed player. It has to significantly downgrade Curtis, bump
Jackson is back in camp and has signed a big, long-term deal. That's good, but many of you have e-mailed asking if training camp holdouts have more injuries once they're back. The answer is ... well, really, we're not sure. There's a dearth of information, and what we've collected comes mostly from a small sample of three years and anecdotal evidence. It doesn't appear that training camp holdouts have more injuries, but the biggest factor seems to be whether or not they kept up their conditioning.
Concussions are no joke, so having one in a preseason game has to be taken very seriously. As we've learned with
There's a huge difference between what a team will do or not do in the preseason and what they'll do or not do in the regular season. When the games count, players tend to play unless they simply can't. The Seahawks won't take any risks with Hasselbeck, holding him out for the rest of the preseason games, but there's little doubt that he'll be under center when the season starts. The concern is that the back stiffness lingers or is exacerbated by the hits that Hasselbeck will inevitably take over the course of the season. Since it's important to know how often we think that will be, let's look at some advanced numbers from last season, courtesy of our friends at Pro Football Prospectus. Hasselbeck was knocked down 62 times last season, one of the lowest numbers on a per-pass basis in the league. In other words, I wouldn't worry too much about this.
Jones is about eight months post-ACL reconstruction, just off the PUP list, and playing for the Bears. What could go wrong? Actually, it's only the latter that worries me since they don't have much of a passing game. Jones has always been a speed-based player, shifty enough to make people miss, at least to some extent, so the typical pattern of coming back from ACL surgery is problematic. While a bigger back who can bull it some can be effective following his line and dropping the pads in that period before being able to cut and juke, Jones doesn't seem to be that guy. While he's probably a nice changeup from
Stewart put up his crazy Combine numbers before having surgery on his toe. So why is everyone seemingly more concerned now that the toe has been surgically repaired? They shouldn't be, though admittedly the rehab from that surgery kept him from getting all the reps he could have in practice. Stewart was always likely to split carries with
If you're new to the injury report, one of the things I do that few else note is the problems that injured linemen cause for fantasy teams. While you don't draft linemen in most leagues, their play will affect what the guys playing behind them are able to do. With OG Joseph out for two months or more with a broken foot that required surgery,
Let's see if I can just let you do the math on this one ... Cribbs, one of the ultimate speed players, suffers a high ankle sprain and will miss up to a month. Really, I should just stop there, but my editors don't like it to be quite that simple. Cribbs' injury will hold him back and has some lingering issues that might affect him well into the season. Given his backups and the value he added to the Browns D/ST last season, this might push that unit pick off the board altogether. Then again, it might make them a nice value pick if you're willing to make the "Kicker Gambit", picking your kicker in the next to last round and taking a defense in the last one.
It's too easy to go with a Clash reference here, but the fact is that things in Cincinnati are getting bad in a hurry.