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.

bleacherreport.com

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.

Next Article
  • Aaron Rodgers And Uncertain Future With Packers

    After helplessly watching his team of 15 seasons draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft instead of a wide receiver, quarterback Aaron Rodgers began to express doubt about his future with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers has long expressed his desire to finish his career with the Packers, but that...

    Read More
  • Durant Won’t Return This Season

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant won’t return to the court this season, even if the NBA waits until mid-summer to resume play. Since his Achilles injury in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Durant left the Golden State Warriors and joined the Nets with guard Kyrie Irving. The...

    Read More
  • Quincy Enunwa Out For 2020 Season

    The New York Jets wide receiver, Quincy Enunwa, will miss the entirety of the 2020-2021 NFL season after a neck injury he sustained in the 2019-2020 NFL season, which limited the young receiver to only one game. After his second season in the league, where he caught 58 passes for 857 yards and four touchdowns,...

    Read More
  • Frank Gore Signs With Jets

    The New York Jets are signing running back Frank Gore to a one-year contract for the 36-year-old running back to play in his 17th season. The signing allows for more depth for the Jets, who have Le’Veon Bell in the backfield and under contract. Surprisingly, the Jets didn’t move up in the draft to select...

    Read More
  • NFL Cancels International Games For 2020-2021 Season

    In the midst of the COVID-19 fears, the NFL has canceled all five scheduled international games ahead of the 2020-2021 season. With the NFL releasing the full 17-game regular-season schedule this week, it was previously announced that four games would be played in London and one in Mexico City. The Jacksonville Jaguars were set to...

    Read More
  • Bears Decline Option On Trubisky; Cowboys Sign Dalton

    After a lackluster third season in the NFL, the Chicago Bears have declined to pick up the fifth-year extension for 2021 on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. In 2018, Trubisky’s second season in the league and one in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl, saw the Bears go 12-4 and lose in a devastating fashion...

    Read More
  • 2020-2021 NBA Season Postponements

    Due to the recent vanishing of sports because of COVID-19, the NBA is considering starting the 2020-2021 NBA season in December, with the playoffs potentially starting in mid-summer. As of right now, the current NBA format starts the season the week before Halloween, with the NBA Finals wrapping up around mid-June. That stretch of time...

    Read More
  • Bengals Release Andy Dalton

    After nine seasons of mediocrity, the Cincinnati Bengals release quarterback Andy Dalton just days after drafting the most recent Heisman winner: quarterback Joe Burrow. Dalton, 32, was the Bengals second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after being the all-time leader in wins at Texas Christian University. Dalton threw for 204 touchdowns with the Bengals,...

    Read More