NFL Training Camp Woes

Rob Mastriacovo | July 28th, 2019

The NFL season begins in mid-July, when teams start training camps and the spectators are given an up-close view of their team. Football, being the contact sport that it is, can change a team’s whole season in one second. Every second that a player wears those cleats and shoulder pads on the field, an injury can occur. Whether it’s minor or career threatening, the imminent danger is constantly lurking. For many teams this off-season, training camp has not been polite to them.

The New York Giants started the NFL free agency period by trading receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. The Giants weren’t exactly giving up on the season with the trade. Their receivers consisted of Sterling Shepard, Corey Coleman and Golden Tate. Since the start of training camp, Shepard has suffered a fracture in his thumb, Coleman was sidelined for the season from a torn ACL and Tate was handed a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The Los Angeles Rams are on Super Bowl hangover alert following their news about the tender knees of star running back Todd Gurley. It was revealed that Gurley has an extreme case of arthritis in his knees, causing deterioration of the ligaments and cartilage. The Super Bowl runner-up also must focus on slot receiver Cooper Kupp, who tore his ACL in Week 10 of last season. Kupp returned to practice for the first time since the injury, restriction free.

The Cincinnati Bengals are proceeding with caution after star receiver A.J. Green was carted off the practice field with a left foot injury. The injury occurred towards the end of practice when Green made contact with corner Dre Kirkpatrick. Last season, Green missed seven games with a toe injury. The severity of the injury is unknown, but the Bengals were reportedly worried about the surface of the practice field before practice.

Training camp also brings out contract seeking stars who hold out of practice until a new deal is made. Star receiver Michael Thomas is holding out from New Orleans Saints training camp until he receives a new five-year deal, worth $20 million per year. Star running back Ezekiel Elliot is holding out of Dallas Cowboys training camp until his rookie contract is restructured into a more favorable contract. Elliot has two years remaining on his current contract.

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