A Look at the Top Ten Injuries From This Week in the NFL
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Even though we’re not even officially into the third week of the preseason, it’s already time for our first injury report of the 2016 NFL year. The top ten most impactful injuries of the week are highlighted below. Moral of today’s post: be glad you’re not a Colts cornerback.
1. Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis is dealing with a medial ankle sprain (in layman’s terms, it’s a lot worse than your average, everyday ankle sprain) that’ll keep him sidelined until at least October. The team’s other four cornerback options are also all injured. This led to the quick (and desperate) signing of Pro Bowl CB Antonio Cromartie yesterday afternoon. To quote Coach Pagano, the corner situation is “a little scary” in Naptown.
2. Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is suffering from a slight MCL sprain and hasn’t been practicing this week. Coach Bruce Arians insists the precaution is more due to his own apprehension than Fitzy’s. With the Cards’ season opener against the New England Patriots still almost three weeks away, Fitzgerald should be good to go for Week 1.
3. Baltimore Ravens S Matt Elam suffered a knee injury in the team’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. Elam is expected to undergo surgery in order to correct the issue. The team has not yet issued a timeline for his return.
4. Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifertsurgery yesterday afternoon. Eifert’s official return date spent time jogging for the first time since his May ankle e has not been announced, but every step he takes in his rehab process is one step closer to getting him back to action. The team is hopeful he’ll miss little, if any, of the regular season, but no promises, ‘Nati.
5. Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden, who underwent ankle surgery in March, appears to be on-track to take the field come Week 1. Haden has said he even expects to participate in the Brownies’ joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers later this week. Good news, Dawg Pound.
6. Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen has been dealing with a back injury, but may appear in Friday’s contest against the New England Patriots. Olsen, fortunately for Panthers’ fans bandwagon and non-bandwagon alike, is fully expected to return to the field prior to Week 1.
7. Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali was removed from the team’s PUP list this week following last season’s knee surgery. While Hali did not miss any games in 2015, he looked, to be frank, like a glimmer of his former self. Here’s hoping getting back to practice will help the Pro Bowler return to form by Week 1.
8. New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola remains on the team’s PUP list with both ankle and knee injuries, but he was able to warm-up with the rest of the guys at yesterday’s practice. If you’re a Pats fan, there’s really nowhere to go but up with this news.
9. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant suffered a concussion during practice yesterday and is not going to appear in Thursday’s third preseason contest. Bryant will, however, be ready for Week 1, whatever that brings for the ‘Boys this year. Sidenote: Am I the only one who feels like Dallas is becoming the new Cleveland?
10. Buffalo Bills RB Mike Gillislee might not be a household name, but Coach Rex Ryan currently considers the youngster to be his top back-up behind Shady McCoy. Gillislee is currently going through the league’s concussion protocol, but isn’t expected to miss any regular season time. Dale Earnhardt Jr’s concussion this is clearly not...