Training camp for the NFL began last Friday. Already some key injuries may cost teams their ultimate goal, the Super Bowl. Here is an update.
The Philadelphia Eagles lost wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for the season. He blew out an ACL. He had 69 receptions last season for 857 yards.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated a hip, and will not play in 2013.
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is questionable. He has a ‘Lisfranc’ injury, which affects the middle bones of the foot. Doctors continue to evaluate him.
Percy Harvin, acquired in the offseason by the Seattle Seahawks continues to be questionable because of possible turn labrum of his hip.
New England Patriots running back Julian Edelman began training camp on the ‘unable to perform’ list. Tight end Aaron Hernandez is in a jail cell instead of the locker room, and Rob Gronkowski continues to recover from forearm and back surgery. That means Tom Brady is beginning the season without all seven of his targets from last year.
San Francisco 49ers Michael Crabtree will miss much of the season with a tear in his Achilles.
Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars will miss the first four games with a suspension. Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns was given a two game suspension.
Heath Miller, tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers, may not play the first game because of a knee injury.
Today Denver Bronco’s starting center suffered a torn ACL in a pile-up. He is likely out for the 2013 season.
The Super Bowl Champion Ravens lost Anquan Bolden in the offseason to the 49ers. With Pitta’s injury that leaves Joe Flacco with a big new contract and two familiar targets in Torrey Smith, and second string tight end Ed Dickson.
There it is, and not even a full week of practice has been completed.
Teams that win Super Bowls have two things in common. They are relatively healthy when the playoffs begin, and they make the fewest mistakes in the post season.
That is your NFL injury update. Unfortunately, there will most likely be many more.
Alfred James reporting