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Injuries Starting to Destabilize Teams in NFL Training Camps

by Michael Hanich | July 30, 2022 at 1:10 p.m.

For the next several weeks, all 32 NFL teams are participating in Training Camps as they look for a Super Bowl run. Some things that cannot be avoided in intense practice situations are injuries. These injuries could be minor or significantly major as they can impact a team in all ways during Training Camp. In these few days of Training Camps, Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams broke a finger, Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde suffered a hip/glute injury and Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen is feared to have suffered a torn ACL on Thursday.

These are not the injuries any team needs at this portion of the off-season, as these players are key leaders for their teams. Adams is one of the unquestioned leaders and best playmakers of the Seahawks' defense. While he is a great player, he has been criticized by Seahawks fans for missing too many games in his two seasons with the team. In each of the last two seasons, Adams has played in 12 of the 16 (2020) and 17 games (2021).

Hyde is one of the key players on a Bills' defense that ranked first in the league last season in points allowed per game (17) and total yards allowed per game (272.8). Hyde was made a second-team All-Pro selection for the second time in his career. Hyde, a strong safety, was one of two Bills defenders, along with free safety Jordan Pryor, were named to the NFL's All-Pro Team. NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bills believe his injury is considered minor.

The biggest and most devastating injury this Training Camp session is the potential season-ending knee injury to Ryan Jensen. Jensen needed a cart to get off the field and was in intense pain, as his teammates described. The immediate fear of the injury to Jensen was an ACL tear. Jensen is one of the most experienced offensive linemen for the Buccaneers, along with left tackle Donovan Smith. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has had a long-running trust with his centers since his early days with the New Englands Patriots.

Jensen was named his first Pro-Bowl last season as the Buccaneers' offensive line leader last season. He is the field general for the offense, along with Brady. He was also the only returning starter in the interior offensive line from last season. If Jensen is out for several months to the season, as reported by the team, the Buccaneers could have even more problems keeping the pass rush from the opposing defensive line suppressed. This type of loss to a team is just as significant as losing one of their key wide receivers. This injury creates significant problems for a team that looks to redeem themselves after losing in the 2021 NFL Divisional Round of the Playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams 30-27.

The Baltimore Ravens were a prime example of what injuries can do to a playoff-caliber team. During Training Camp last year, cornerback Marcus Peters, running back J.K. Dobbins and running back Gus Edwards all suffered season-ending injuries. The Ravens had 25 players that entered IR sometime during the 2021 season. Those injuries derailed an 8-3 start to the 2021 NFL Season as they finished 8-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Six of those players started on the Ravens' PUP (physically unable to perform list) to start their 2022 Training Camp.

It is not fair for several teams to lose their key players or star playersto injuries, but teams must learn how to adjust.

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