Football is a dangerous sport. We all know this, and injuries happen all the time during games. Unfortunately injuries also happen at voluntary offseason workouts. We have already had a number of players, from 7th round rookies to well known names, go down with serious injuries that could affect teams throughout the season. Meanwhile we have players recovering from injuries that happened last year, and surgeries that they put off to continue playing. Let’s take a look at what has been keeping doctors, fans and coaches up at night? Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars Let’s start with the most notable injury of the recent crop. For the second season in a row Jacksonville’s top pick suffered a knee injury, thankfully Ramsey’s torn meniscus is less serious than Dante Fowler’s ACL tear last year. After a successful surgery on Tuesday the Jags are hoping Ramsey will be back by training camp. Of course there are always risks of re-injury and setbacks, but we should be able to see Ramsey in week one of the season. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals Eifert is much less likely to make a week one appearance. The Bengals tight end suffered an ankle injury at the Pro Bowl but it’s lingered around the past 4 months, meaning that the Bengals had little option but to send Eifert under the knife. As a result he will be out of action for up to 3 months, taking him right up to the cusp of the season opener. Any setback would mean he misses regular season time, and of course he would need to get his conditioning back and knock off the rust before then. Byron Bell, Tennessee Titans It’s a good job the Titans drafted Jack Conklin because it’s likely that Byron Bell is done for the year. On the first day of OTA’s Bell dislocated his left ankle and will probably miss the entirety of the 2016 season. He started all 16 games for them last year and was potentially going to fill in a guard spot this season but now the Titans will have to look elsewhere to protect Mariota. Luke Bowanko, Jacksonville Jaguars You might not have heard of Bowanko but the Jacksonville Jaguars need him. He played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2014 and was a well used back up in 2015. Depth and competition are key to the Jags improving across the offensive line and coming into his 3rd season in the NFL this should have been an important season in Bowanko’s development, unfortunately he tore the labrum in his hip and is likely to be out for a long time. He’s been placed on the PUP list, meaning he may well be unavailable for the first 6 weeks of the season. Cooper Taylor, New York Giants Taylor, a 5th round pick in 2013, has had a lot of injury problems – and they have cropped up again. The safety is going to be out until training camp with a sports hernia. There is a lot of competition for playing time at safety for the Giants and missing time won’t help Taylor’s case, especially with them drafting Darian Thompson in the 3rd round last month. Jonathan Woodard, Jacksonville Jaguars A 3rd Jaguar! This time it’s a complete and definite lose for the season with Woodard. The 7th round rookie defensive end torn achilles during a non-contact drill and has undergo surgery to repair the tear. He has been placed on the PUP list but it’s more than likely that Woodard won’t see the field in 2016 due to this injury, hurting the Jaguars already shaky depth at defensive end.
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