Just because NFL teams aren’t required to post preseason injury reports doesn’t mean there aren’t injuries worth mentioning. In fact, every club is facing several health issues in the final weeks of pre-season. It’s just the nature of the NFL.
To keep track of everything, here’s an injury tracker for all 32 teams as we inch ever closer to Week 1 of the regular season.
- First-round rookie center Tyler Linderbaum, who suffered a foot injury two weeks ago, will “likely” be back in practice on Friday doing individual drills, according to coach John Harbaugh. He will not take part in Sunday’s preseason game.
- LB Shaq Thompson has been activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list, the team announced. After undergoing knee surgery in the offseason, one of the Panthers’ best players is on track to prepare for the team’s regular season opener on Sept. 11.
August 19: Preseason Week 2 vs. Patriots (20-10 L)
- Third-round QB Matt Corral suffered a Lisfranc injury that will likely end his rookie campaign before it officially begins, according to coach Matt Rhule. He limped off the field in the fourth quarter. ( )
- RB Spencer Brown was hauled into the locker room with an ankle injury during the second half.
- C Bradley Bozeman, who was ejected from the field during training on Tuesday, will miss two to three weeks with an ankle injury, coach Matt Rhule announced on Wednesday.
- WR Robbie Anderson did not practice Wednesday due to a groin injury, according to Rhule.
- OT La’el Collins took part in 11-on-11 drills in training for the first time since his absence due to a back injury and for personal reasons. He is expected to participate in joint workouts with the Rams this week.
- After which forced him to miss three weeks, QB Joe Burrow was back to participate in team drills on Wednesday for the first time since surgery. He also held a press conference where he revealed that his appendix had ruptured which led to the procedure. He’s back now, though, and working his way to full strength ahead of the regular season opener. ( )
- LB Jourdan Lewis will miss the rest of the preseason after suffering a hamstring injury during joint training with the Los Angeles Chargers, by The Dallas Morning News. “The immediate objective is to bring it [back] for Week 1,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
- WR CeeDee Lamb suffered a cut on his foot, according to Cowboys executive vice-president Stephen Jones. Lamb missed Wednesday’s practice and will also miss Thursday’s practice.
August 20: Week 2 of preseason against Bills (42-15 L)
- LB star Shaquille Leonard won’t be 100 per cent once he’s cleared to return from back surgery he underwent earlier this summer, according to coach Frank Reich. “He’s going to have to figure out how to play feeling what he’s feeling – not feeling 100 per cent, feeling like maybe it’s not all the way back, but I still have to figure out how. play winning football,” Reich said, by ESPN. Reich previously said he hopes the three-time Pro Bowler will be available in Week 1.
- Sixth-round rookie tight end Andrew Ogletree suffered a non-contact knee injury in Wednesday’s practice that coach Frank Reich said “didn’t look good.” Turns out that wasn’t the case, with NFL media report that Ogletree, who was making an impressive camp, tore his anterior cruciate ligament.
- WR Mecole Hardman is assessed for a groin injury after leaving Wednesday training early, by NFL media. The injury is not considered serious, but the Chiefs won’t know until testing returns. ( )
- Reserve TE Donald Parham Jr. is “week by week” after suffering a hamstring injury, according to coach Brandon Staley (by ESPN).
August 19: Week 2 preseason vs. Texans (24-20 L)
- Third-round OL rookie Logan Bruss tore his ACL and MCL, according to coach Sean McVay. He is out for the season.
- Seventh-round rookie LB Daniel Hardy suffered a sprained ankle that will require surgery, according to McVay. McVay said the injury is not season-ending.
- QB Matthew Stafford made encouraging comments Wednesday about his elbow after going through a full workload in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage the day before. Stafford received an injection in his right below this offseason after battling an elbow injury during the Rams’ Super Bowl campaign. He suffered from elbow pain during training camp, but his comments are a good sign he’ll be able to handle it. “I feel good and on track to do what I want to do.”
August 20: Week 2 of preseason against 49ers (17-7 L)
- First-round CB rookie Andrew Booth Jr. was helped off the field after a play in the first half. The team then ruled him out of the game due to an ankle injury. It turns out it was an aggravation of a problem he was dealing with in training camp, according to coach Kevin O’Connell. “It seems like a positive thing, from the point of view of worsening an injury that we already know,” O’Connell said (by ESPN).
- Departing TE Irv Smith Jr. is on track to play in Week 1, according to coach Kevin O’Connell, after undergoing thumb surgery in early August. “Everything with Irv has been really positive,” O’Connell said (via Pro Football Talk). “While he might not be able to catch for a few more days, we can absolutely have him listen to play calls, get back out there because we want him to pick up where he left off.”
August 19: 2nd week of pre-season against the Patriots (20-10 F)
- Second-round rookie WR Tyquan Thornton left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. NFL Media reports that Thornton suffered a collarbone injury and is expected to miss approximately eight weeks. ( )
- WR Robert Foster was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He will miss the entire 2022 season.
- QB Zach Wilson underwent knee arthroscopy to cut his meniscus, casting doubt on his standing for the team’s regular season opener. ( )
- RB Miles Sanders has missed training since Tuesday with a hamstring injury. Head coach Nick Sirianni did not provide a timeline for Sanders’ return. “We’re just careful with him,” Sirianni said on Friday (via Pro Football Talk). He had tightness and pain. Just be careful with him and we’ll see how it goes.”
August 18: Pre-Season Week 2 Bear (27-11 L)
- LG starter Damien Lewis was sent off the field with a leg injury but appears to have avoided serious injury, according to coach Pete Carroll. “We were very, very lucky,” Carroll said (via Pro Football Talk). “He had a lateral ankle sprain off the case. He wound up and all that, but all the x-rays were negative. We were very, very lucky there. He was optimistic about it, maybe surprised by the results, but we are also delighted.”
- QB Geno Smith missed the second half with a knee bruise. That doesn’t seem to be a problem though, as coach Pete Carroll says Smith could have returned if needed. ( )
- QB Drew Lock is “really sick” with COVID-19, per coach Pete Carroll. If he starts feeling better, he could start the Seahawks’ preseason finale Aug. 26 against the Cowboys. ( )
- RB rookie Kenneth Walker III underwent a “procedure” on Wednesday for what coach Pete Carroll called a “small hernia”. If all goes well, he should be back in week 1, by NFL media. ( )
August 20: Week 2 of pre-season against Titans (13-3 L)
- LG starter Aaron Stinnie was ejected from the field and missed the rest of the game with a knee injury. Coach Todd Bowles said the team won’t know more until Stinnie does more testing.
- All-Pro RT Tristan Wirfs left practice Thursday with an oblique injury. It is unclear how long he will be sidelined. The Buccaneers are already without Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen, who suffered a serious knee injury earlier in training camp. ( )