Before we begin our weekly injury reports again, I thought we’d take a moment to look at the top ten most devastating injuries that have happened during the entire 2015 NFL offseason, including during last week’s preseason games.
1. New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had to have one of his fingers amputated following a fireworks accident on the 4th of July. I really don’t know what else could go in today’s No. 1 spot. Nobody else lost a digit during the offseason. Get it together, JPP.
2. Just yesterday, Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL in practice. Benjamin, who had a fantastic rookie season in 2014, will miss the whole upcoming year.
3. Baltimore Ravens S Matt Elam suffered a torn bicep muscle during the team’s August 2 practice. With a four to six month recovery time ahead of him, Elam is expected to miss the entire 2015 season.
4. Chicago Bears WR Kevin White, who was drafted with the seventh overall pick in May, has a stress fracture on his shin that will require fairly serious surgery. White is likely to spend his whole rookie season on the sideline. Talk about a downer.
5. During last Sunday’s preseason match-up, Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt suffered a torn Achilles tendon. Loadholt, who is a major asset to the team, will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injury. This is a pretty devastating blow to the Vikings organization.
6. Houston Texans RB Arian Foster injured his groin during his team’s first full-pads practice in early August. Foster will require surgery that has no specific timeframe for recovery. Texans fans should be hoping Foster gets back on the field sooner rather than later. J.J. Watt can’t do everything, you know.
7. In a bizarre altercation over $600, New York Jets QB Geno Smith was punched in the face by teammate IK Enemkpali (who has since been released and signed by the Buffalo Bills). Smith suffered a broken jaw and will be out six to ten weeks.
8. On the opening day of training camp, Balitmore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman suffered a knee injury. At first, the organization believed the issue to be nothing more than a bruise, but now they’er beginning to wonder. No official word yet on whether or not Perriman will be ready for Week 1.
9. Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd took a fall during practice that resulted in a horrifically injured left hand. Floyd dislocated three fingers and has already undergone surgery. On the bright side, the injury isn’t as bad as initially thought, so Floyd should be back sometime early in the season.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (I admit that I initially typed “Denver Broncos”…still getting used to that one, people) fractured his left hand and will miss the remainder of the 2015 preseason. Thomas is, however, expected to be ready to go for Week 1.