Preseason Week Three was all about injuries

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Several high-profile players including Raiders receiver Drew Carter were injured in preseason week 3, making you wonder if the number of these “exhibition” games should be shortened

(Philadelphia, Pa) — Week 3 of the NFL Pre-season was the last chance for end of the roster players to make a good impression before the “Turk” was coming for NFL Cut Down Day 1 on August 26th (75 player limit). The week featured several high profile matches including territorial “Bragging Rights Bowls” Dallas at Houston , and the New York Giants at New York Jets at the. Teams used this week to implement their game plan and packages for the start of the regular season and most projected starters played well into the 3rd quarter rewarding fans that plunked down their hard earned money.

But the big news of the week belonged to injuries that once again made you wonder if the NFL should shorten the preseason.  You know my vote is a big “Yes” to shortening to a two or three game preseason schedule.  At the very least with all of the injuries and fan apathy toward full prices for horrible games in most opinion, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFLPA in the next CBA should get rid of the 4th pre-season game. The 4th preseason games are ultimatly “JV” games, where teams sit their entire starting 22 players to guard against injury and fans pay to see guys who are struggling to make the practice squad. Just be glad you are not a Colts or Redskins fan as these two teams played five preseason games.

Here were some of the higher profile injuries:

  • Giants DE Osi Umemyiora jacked-up his left knee against the NY Jets and had to be carted off the field.
  • Redskins DE Jason Taylor suffered a sprained right knee that could keep him out a reported 10 to 14 days. Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said “I think we’re going to come out of it OK,” but the other Washington DC media outlets are fearful their big off-season acquisition could miss significant time.
  • Raven expected starting quarterback Troy Smith missed the entire 24-10 loss to the Rams with a stomach virus that turned out to be tonsilitis, which caused a baptism by fire for first-round draft pick quarterback Ravens QB Joe Flacco.  It will be interesting to now who leads the crazy Ravens Quarterback race, after Smith looked like he had the inside track due to Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron liking his mobility.
  • The Jaguars one-two backfield of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew is in jeopardy as Drew badly sprained his ankle the 23-17 win over the Bucs.  The injury happened in the first quarter, but the team is waiting on x-rays, hopefully it is not the dreaded high ankle sprain that always seems to linger.
  • I don’t know if it was getting beat-up or an injury, but Bengals QB Carson Palmer suffered a bloody nose and a cut lip after being sacked on a safety blitz by former Bengal Kevin Kaesviharn with 2 seconds left in the first half of the 13-0 loss to the Saints. The Bengals better get some line help as their franchise quarterback was sacked three times this week and hit five last week versus the Broncos.
  • Houston Texans receiver Harry Williams was taken off the field on a stretcher and hospitalized Friday night after being hit in the head during a collision with a teammate while covering a kickoff. Williams was kept in the hospital and was expected to have surgery this weekend to fuse two vertebrae. The operation was to be performed by Dr. Drew Dossett, one of the Dallas Cowboys’ team physicians who is a nationally recognized spine surgeon.
  • In a 24-0 loss to the Cardinals, the Raiders got hurt even further as they lost Fullback Oren O’Neal (opening kickoff) and receiver Drew Carter  (fourth play from scrimmage) to season-ending knee injuries.
  • Arizona Cardinals former 2006 first-round draft pick quarterback Matt Leinart suffered a bruised “ego” as he probably lost his starting job to veteran Kurt Warner after a performance that was putrid to say the least (4/12, 24 yards, 0 TDs and 3 INTs including one on his first pass).

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer/Analyst for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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2 Responses

  1. I don’t know if the current players are just plain soft or what? The Old School Players played 6 preseason games and made it through. Injuries are apart of sports. I think the problem may be that the current generation of players are not taking care of their bodies in the off season!

    Corey C. Donerlson Sr.
    Host of Making Your Point/Sports Talk

  2. I don’t know if the current generation of players are soft or lazy? So, many of them hold out for money not pay attention to their bodies during the off season. The old school players used to play 6 preseason games and they made it just fine. Injuries are apart of sports. I feel that the current generation of players need to spend more time in the off season training and not club hoping.

    Corey C. Donerlson Sr.
    Host of The Making Your Point/Sports Talk

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