NFL Injury Report 2017: More Players with Questionable Status for Week 1
We’ve already talked about three of the biggest injuries to come out of the preseason games ahead of the 2017 NFL season. Losing players like Trent Murphy, Raekwon McMillan, and Kerry Hyder will be big blows for their respective teams, but these aren’t the only players to be hit with injuries in the preseason. NFL Injury Report: Here are some more players who will have questionable prospects heading into Week 1 in September, and these injuries could have an impact on early game results when the season kicks off.
Billy Winn – Denver Broncos – Defensive End
Winn injured his right knee in the Broncos’ preseason game against Chicago, and it looks like the ACL injury is serious enough to take him out of play for the rest of the season. In addition to the ACL tear, testing showed damage to other ligaments in his knee.Winn was previously on a one-year deal for the Broncos, and he played in 16 games and showed excellent performance and huge promise throughout last season. The only upside to this injury is that the team knows how good he is, so the injury won’t have as much impact on his career as it could have.However, from a team perspective, this injury is another one that leaves them with a lack of options in nose tackle. Winn was the second nose tackle right behind Domata Peko. This wouldn’t be a massive problem if not for third nose tackle Kyle Peko currently being out of action with a broken foot. Kyle is expected to return early in the season, so the team will hope that his recovery is complete sooner rather than later.
Su’a Cravens – Washington Redskins – Strong Safety
Cravens left the field in a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, with pain in his knee. He’s likely to miss at least two games at the start of the season, so that will probably take him out of play for Week 1 and Week 2. This is not the first time that Cravens has had issues with his knee, and this will mean that the team loses one of their best strong safeties to start the season with.The good news is that the issue doesn’t seem to be a serious one, and the biggest problem at this time is swelling around the knee. Coach Jay Gruden told media that there was “no structural damage”. Of course, they’ll need to take a closer look once the swelling has gone down, and there could be something more that we don’t know about yet.Cravens previously had issues with his knee in his college career, needing surgery for torn cartilage. With that injury, it initially started with pain and swelling, and torn cartilage was later found in an MRI exam. Both Cravens and coach Gruden will be hoping that there’s no repeat of a similar injury on this occasion.
Bishop Sankey – Minnesota Vikings – Running Back
Sankey has been playing in the NFL since 2014 with the Tennessee Titans, and this year would have been his first year with the Vikings. Hopes of starting were taken away when Sankey suffered from an ACL tear, which is going to take him out of the game for at least the rest of the season. This would have been a hit to the Vikings if they weren’t so quick to respond, however, they’ve already signed Bronson Hill while Sankey is waived under injury.This will be good news for anyone who is backing the Vikings this year. Losing a player like Sankey could be a bigger deal if there wasn’t a talented replacement. Bronson Will take time to be ready for the starting roster, but the team is clearly willing to take a chance on him. He played for the Jaguars last year in three games, after being on the practice squads for teams like the Dolphins, Bears, and the Saints.This is Hill’s big opportunity, while Sankey will have plenty of time to think about a comeback while recovering from his injury.
Damarious Randall – Green Bay Packers – Cornerback
Randall came into the NFL with a lot of promise, but didn’t perform as well as expected in his second year in the league. He missed time on the field due to groin surgery, which took him out for six games in total. He’s not the team’s number one cornerback but he is a good option to have, so potentially losing him for the first game of the season will not go down too well with the team coaches and management.It has been reported that Damarious is now suffering from a concussion, after taking a shocking helmet on helmet hit from Bryce Treggs of the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason game. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell at this stage how much time Randall will miss. He was a potential starter this year, so if he’s not available for Week 1 then the team is going to need to do some shuffling.In the same game, another dangerous and potentially illegal hit was taken by Malachi Dupre, a rookie player for the Packers. He wasn’t likely to be a starter in Week 1, but it still means that the team loses talent and one of their options. Green Bay are raising the dangerous hits with the NFL, and we may see some further news and potential reprimands for the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Injury Report: Injuries Can Change a Season
Injuries are inevitable in a high risk sport like the NFL, and losing key players is a potential for any team, even during the preseason. We’ll keep you updated with all major injuries that could impact the season outlook for any team in the league.