Injury Bug Bites Other NFL Teams Too
Injuries have hit the league full force in OTAs and Training camp. The Ravens have been in the news column daily; with almost none of it being positive. Rotoworld.com has listed all the significant injuries to Baltimore since the new league year started.
The team has an astounding 11 players currently on the injury report, 6 of those players will not play a snap during the 2017 season. (Darren Waller is suspended until 2018) Losing Tavon Young and Kenneth Dixon, two promising young NFL Sophomores ready to produce, really takes a toll on this team that needed them badly. Look for the Ravens to finish 2nd in the gritty AFC North.
This has been an odd year (figuratively and literally) for every team, seeing as many other teams are suffering from the same pains the Ravens are currently going through. Here’s a list of the teams that will be hit the hardest from all this camp misfortune:
2. Los Angeles Chargers: With the loss of first-round WR Mike Williams and second-round OL Forrest Lamp, the team is likely to disappoint again this season. The storyline for the Chargers remains the same as it has since LaDainian Tomlinson left town, a below-average running game at best, and heavy emphasis on Philip Rivers throwing the ball to obscure targets (See Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams) and the oft-injured Keenan Allen. They only have 4 players on the injury report, but these are impact players that can change the course of games. Look for the Bolts to finish at the bottom of the hyper-competitive AFC West.
3. Dallas Cowboys: The only team with more injuries and question marks than the Ravens with a whopping 12. The difference is, the ‘Boys have 4 players suspended to start the regular season, two of which are out indefinitely, (Randy Gregory, DL & Rolando McClain, LB) one that will come back in week 3 (Damontre Moore, DL) and one returning in week 5 (David Irving, DL). Good news for the Cowboys is that thus far, they haven’t lost any meaningful starter to injury alone. Everyone is accounted for. Dallas still has the potential to finish 2nd in the tough NFC East.
4. Miami Dolphins: Dolphins faithful were dropped, picked up, and dropped again. When Quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a non-contact injury, everyone was told his knee was “the way it was before practice”, but then there were whispers that he DID need season ending surgery. So, this team ranks #4 primarily due Tannehill, although Jay Ajayi missing some time due to concussion could be worrisome as well. Look for the Dolphins to finish 3rd in the AFC East
5. New Orleans Saints: As if this team didn’t have problems WITHOUT injuries getting in the way, three of their four players on the injury report are likely out for the season. (Dannell Ellerbe, LB, Terron Armstead, OT, Nick Fairley, DL) The injury to Armstead comes at a crucial time, as starting center Max Unger is questionable to play in week 1. The defensive unit for this team is undergoing some serious changes, during which QB Drew Brees must step up and carry this team as he always has, although it’ll be much more difficult as he is missing his 2 best O-linemen. Look for the Saints to finish at the bottom of the NFC South.
Guest Blogger: Vasilios Nikolaou
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