NFL training camps have barley started and already some key players have either hit the PUP list or heading to the operating room. Thursday saw multiple players either go down with problematic injuries or get bad news on their chances to return to the field.
DeSean Jackson separates shoulder
Washington Redskins widewout DeSean Jackson will reportedly miss “several weeks” after separating his shoulder while working with a blocking sled during a one-on-one drill Tuesday.
DeSean Jackson goes down on the first play of 1-on-1s. pic.twitter.com/BuQEfNlBfi
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 6, 2015
Jackson is the Redskins’ best offensive playmaker and, really, the only player on their team that defenses have to account for when facing the Jay Gruden/Robert Griffin III-led apocalyptic Warboy convoy wreckage they call an offense.
Last year Jackson caught 56 passes for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns from three different quarterbacks.
Floyd dislocates three fingers at practice, underwent surgery Thursday
The Arizona Cardinals need a lot out of wide receiver Michael Floyd this season and Wednesday’s injury doesn’t make the prospects look promising for him to star early. Floyd dislocated three fingers during practice Wednesday and needed surgery to repair the damage. He’s currently recovering and in case you think it might be a minor injury and he can get back on the practice field soon, here’s the photo he posted to his Instagram.
Floyd first broke out two seasons ago with a 65-catch, 1041-yard, five touchdown season that saw him become the team’s primary weapon in the passing game.
Floyd, a 2012 first round pick out of Notre Dame, wasn’t as productive last season but it was hardly his fault as he was forced to end the season playing with a string of Subway sandwich artists and kids’ birthday party clowns at quarterback after both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton went down with injuries.
LeSean McCoy’s toe costs him work at camp
God only knows how Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy injured his toe, with the announcement coming so close to his cancelled private ladies only sex party. I assume it could have something to do with kicking something violently in frustration once everyone made fun of his party invite and saved countless young women from being sold as sex slaves to an Eastern European drug overlord.
LeSean McCoy has made a few big plays already in team drills. Seems to be feeling fine. Toe will be worth monitoring throughout camp.
— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) August 6, 2015
The toe injury is reported as “minor.”
“He just had a little toe… It’s not turf toe or anything like that,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s not something that’s going to hamper him in the near future.”
Browns get bad news on Mingo
Barkevious Mingo may end up being the best Cleveland Browns player in history that never was. After injuring his knee early in camp, Mingo has been scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery.
Mingo has appeared in 30 games with the Browns technically according to his stat sheet, but what that doesn’t tell you is that in plenty of those games he either played hurt or barely played at all. This surgery could cost him six weeks and in case you need some help with the math, the NFL regular season begins in five weeks.
Last year Mingo played with a torn labrum and wore a shoulder harness most of the season. He made 11 starts. Mingo’s injury list is kind of nutty, with the worst being a bruised lung he suffered in his second-ever preseason game as a rookie.
#Browns Barkevious Mingo looked good in camp before tearing meniscus. Another setback in young career. Bruised lung '13, torn labrum '14.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 6, 2015
Mingo had 42 tackles for the last two years with 14 total starts. He added two sacks last season and five his rookie year.
Colts’ Mathis out until late September at least
Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has played a down of football since 2013 and he’s going to have to wait a little bit longer. Colts owner Jim Irsay told reporters that he doesn’t expect Mathis to be back with the team until, at best, the end of September.
Colts owner Jim Irsay just said he expects an late September or early October return for Robert Mathis.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 6, 2015
Last year Mathis tore his Achilles tendon while not playing football, but serving a four-game PED suspension.
Shin injury could sideline Bears’ White all season
Any hope that first-round pick Kevin White out of West Virginia would star for the Chicago Bears this season evaporates more every day. After starting camp on the PUP list, Ian Rappaport has reported that White may not play a down in 2015 over a shin injury he suffered in the spring.
. @RapSheet on Kevin White: He hasn’t done any running on hard ground. He may not be back anytime soon. Real chance stays on PUP for season
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 6, 2015
The Bears picked White at No. 7 and no one thought it was a reach. Some scouts and teams had White higher on their draft boards than Amari Cooper, who went No. 4 to the Oakland Raiders.