There’s been plenty of injuries going around the league as we creep closer and closer to Opening Day, but how serious are they?
Sick of reading up on injuries, tweeting famous sports people about an injury? Well, this list will update you on the Top-100 players (from ESPN’s top-300) and their injury status.
There are approximately 21 players listed as “probable”, five listed as “questionable”, and one lone ranger listed as “out”.
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I’ll break this list down position-by-position:
Tom Brady (NE): We suffered a scare last week during a Patriots and Buccaneers scrimmage, but Brady came away unscathed. Recent reports list Brady as still having a knee injury, and was spotted wearing a knee brace simply because Patriots owner Robert Kraft “wanted him too”. Brady is fine.
Robert Griffin III (WAS): He’s been dealing with a knee injury since last season’s playoff game against the Seahawks. He saw Dr. Andrew recently and it’s been reported he didn’t exactly give him guidelines in order to be ready for Week 1, but to rather, ‘Stay the course, leg looks good, looks strong, movement looks good,’ said Griffin today. RG3 will be ready for Week 1.
Arian Foster (HOU): As of today, Arian Foster has been activated off of the PUP list and appears ready to go. He had recently been dealing with back pain that radiated in to his legs. Though activated off of the PUP list, it’s something to keep and eye on as these shots he’s been getting are band-aids, not cures.
Doug Martin (TB): He suffered a head injury earlier this pre-season. He was limited in practice Monday and did not sustain any contact. He’ll be fine for Week 1.
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Jamaal Charles (KC): He sustained a right foot strain last Monday, but returned to practice on Sunday. How he practices will determine his availability for Week 3 this pre-season, according to Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid.
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC): He was limited last season due to a Lisfranc injury, and will be set to see his first action Week 3 this pre-season.
Darren McFadden (OAK): Darren McFadden on the injury report is about the same as coming to the conclusion that chocolate chip cookies are delicious. He’s always on here. This time it’s for a shoulder injury. Shockingly, he should play Week 3 this pre-season.
Chris Ivory (NYJ): He has a very long injury history and has been hampered this camp by a hamstring that kept him out 17 days. He’s already made his debut, but was ineffective only hauling in 13 rushing yards on 6 attempts.
Le’Veon Bell (PIT): BREAKING: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Le’Veon Bell will be out six weeks due to a Lisfranc injury suffered in the Steelers most recent pre-season game. This is not good, obviously for fantasy owners and Steelers fan (yuck – go Ravens). I’ve been high on Bell, and honestly, I think he’ll be out 6-10 weeks. Dwyer and Redman will take over in his absence. Many like Dwyer, I’m a Redman guy. Either way, both highly un-desirable unless really desperate.
Ahmad Bradshaw (IND): He’s dealing with minimal lingering effects from his foot injury he suffered last season and has yet to see the field this pre-season. He’ll be ready for Week 1.
AJ Green (CIN): Currently dealing with a bit of knee injury and has a chance to play Week 3.
Dez Bryant (DAL): Dealing what many think is a thumb injury he jammed during Monday’s practice, Dez says he’s fine. Carry on.
Julio Jones (ATL): Dealt with a hamstring injury earlier this pre-season missing Week 1, but played Week 2 and caught a touchdown. Nothing further.
Roddy White (ATL): Two Falcons receivers listed on the injury report, but this one is slightly more serious. He suffered a low ankle sprain and is listed as day-to-day. Thankfully he avoided a high ankle sprain.
Randall Cobb (GB): Randall Cobb is being held out of practice due to a bicep injury. This is more of a pre-caution.
Victor Cruz (NYG): Was seen on crutches, but he expect to be ready to practice one week before the teams Week 1 contest September 8th when they take on the Cowboys.
Marques Colston (NO): He is admittedly not 100% after suffering a foot injury, but says he’s taking his time and wants to be ready for the opener. He has practiced two days in a row, which is a great sign.
Danny Amendola (NE): Bill “Monotone” Belichick at it again. Amendola has an un-disclosed injury, but it’s “not a head injury” and he‘s listed as day-to-day.
Hakeem Nicks (NYG): Returned to action in Week 2 after dealing with a hamstring injury and had a few catches. Many have criticized him, though saying he doesn’t look like his old self and appears “sluggish”.
Jordy Nelson (GB): He underwent a knee procedure earlier this pre-season, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy claims he’s progressing really well and is optimistic about a Week 1 return.
Pierre Garcon (WAS): Showing no ill-effects from the toe injury he suffered last season, but is still listed on the injury report. Not a big deal.
Torrey Smith (BAL): He did not practice this past Sunday and had his calf wrapped up. He’s probable for the team’s Week 3 pre-season game.
Stevie Johnson (BUF): Reportedly looked good in Monday’s practice and appears to be coming along well after his hamstring injury.
Sidney Rice: This guy always seems hurt. He had a knee surgery and will likely not play this pre-season. Head Coach Pete Carroll is “shooting for the opener”.
Kenny Britt (TEN): Has been dealing with a bit of a knee injury but saw 4 series with the first team in Week 2, but was very ineffective.
Rob Gronkowski (NE): He’s reportedly on track to return in mid-September and is looking for a regular season Week 3 return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In light of this news, he might avoid the PUP list. If placed, he will miss at least the first six games.
Not many bad injuries, but the one’s to keep a close eye on include Le’Veon Bell, Arian Foster, Rob Gronkowski, Jordy Nelson, Sidney Rice and Marques Colston.