Season-ending injuries are becoming the norm in NFL training camps—a norm that seriously affects teams and players—well before opening kickoffs.
As Baltimore Raven’s fans find it hard to believe that Dennis Pitta will be out for the entire season due to a dislocated hip, they are not alone—what a surprise!
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL this past weekend in training camp, along with Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen.
All three injuries are tough blows to the players and their teams.
Michael Vick now has one less option to throw to while he is under duress in the pocket from his awful offensive line.
The Ravens and Joe Flacco lose Pitta, who was in the process of replacing the role of Anquan Boldin. Now they have to change strategies.
The Denver Broncos have no choice but to sign another center from free agency after losing Koppen, who they just signed earlier this month to replace the team’s injured center J.D. Walton, who is nursing a broken ankle that he suffered last September.
Every year there is always an injury that occurs in training camps that tremendously impacts a team negatively before the season starts.
Not even a full week into training camps and the trend is continuing.
Who knows if Pitta will ever be the same after his injury, or if Maclin can physically or mentally recover after this injury, as he has always dealt with major injuries in his NFL career.
The same goes for Koppen, who as a center, has to put a lot of pressure on that knee from his own weight and blocking opposing defenders on top of that.
With many players physically in non-football shape when they enter training camp, I consider every player as not “field ready,” as they have not practiced on a field since last season.
Obviously these injuries are accidental, but is there a way that they can be prevented?
Coaches need to reevaluate their training camps and gradually work their players up to “field ready” and team contact football players, to prevent any future/ devastating injuries like these from occurring.
It is one thing to lose a player in the season to one of these injuries, but it is another thing when these injuries are happening from team contact in training camps before the season even starts.
Hopefully these injuries will be the only season-ending injuries that occur in this year’s training camps—but I highly doubt that.