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Author: Jon Kuzma
We are only about a week into full time NFL practices and there have been a number of injuries around the league reminding fans just how difficult it is to stay healthy in pro football. Sterling Shepard, Forrest Lamp, Will Fuller, Dominique Easley, and now Ryan Tannehill have all went down with injuries at their training camp practices and it becomes obvious how brutal the sport can be. Now to be fair some of these setbacks were non-contact injuries but regardless it’s safe to say that health as much a part of the game as any other factor. Out of all the injuries mentioned above you have to be really concerned with the Dolphins losing Tannehill just because it’s the quarterback position effected. It’s hard to have a winning team when your starting quarterback is sidelined for the majority of the season. While we don’t know whether or not Tannehill will miss the entire year? It’s become apparent that Tannehill has been battling a nagging knee injury and that was the reason he couldn’t finish the 2016 season. The Dolphins have a good back up in Matt Moore, who can keep Miami competitive. However this team will still miss Ryan Tannehill for most of the year if their best arm can’t go on game day. Another major setback is the Texans losing Will Fuller. Outside of DeAndre Hopkins Fuller was the Texans best chance of putting up some production through the air. After a full season of NFL experience under his belt Fuller was expected to take the next step in his own development. Instead it looks like Fuller will be sidelined for all 2017 with a broken collar bone and that means Braxton Miller has to step up and provide the Texans with something offensively. Miller had less than 100 yards for the entire 2016 season so the former Ohio State Buckeye has a long ways to go. As far as the other guys on this list are concerned injury wise Forrest Lamp and Dominqiue Easley will both be huge losses just because they solidified the Chargers and Rams in the offensive and defensive trenches. If you can’t win at the line of scrimmage you will run into problems in the NFL and losing Lamp and Easley was a major loss for each Los Angeles team. Proving further more that in order to win in the NFL you have to stay healthy and keep your best players on the field.
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