If you’ve been thinking to yourself ‘man, there have been a lot of injuries this preseason’ – you’re right, there have been.
A ton actually.
In fact, there were 18 season ending injuries suffered during the NFL preseason this year, up from EIGHT (yes, eight) during the 2012 season. How many in 2011? Just seven. And in 2010? Only six.
In addition to the amount of injuries, the names attached to the injuries have been well known. From Dennis Pitta to Jeremy Maclin to Danario Alexander, many high level player’s have been bit by the injury bug this year.
Keep in mind, these are just the season ending (or near season ending, like in the case of Pitta) injuries, not the mass of multi-week injuries suffered to even more players like Mark Sanchez and E.J. Manuel.
If the NFLPA ever wanted to raise a case for limiting the number of preseason games one has to play, now would be a wonderful time to present their argument.
Thankfully, with the preseason over and practices nothing more than heavy walkthrough’s, it appears the rash of devastating injuries are done – at least until the season starts.