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NFL preseason injuries piling up

With the preseason kickoff literally days away, many NFL teams have been bitten by the injury bug during this year’s camp.  When the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals start things off on Sunday night, the ‘Boys will be doing it without an integral part of their future. 

The Cowboys were the first NFL team to begin training camp and they were also the first to suffer a significant injury when rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant went down with a high ankle sprain on July 30th. Bryant, an Oklahoma State product, was drafted twenty-fourth overall and has drawn comparisons to Terrell Owens who was signed by the Bengals as a free agent.

Bryant who drew criticism for not carrying veteran Roy Williams’ pads in the ongoing NFL rookie ritual, was awarded jersey No. 88 the day after he signed with the Cowboys.  That number carries a lot of responsibility in Dallas as it was the jersey worn by legend Drew Pearson and eventual Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. Bryant is expected to remain on the sidelines for about six weeks, taking him out of preseason play and jeopardizing his ability to see action in the first game of the regular season. 

The Denver Broncos have been hit especially hard throughout camp including the injury of running back Knowshon Moreno.  Moreno was injured early and is expected to miss the rest of training camp and preseason play.

Joining Moreno is Elvis Dumervil who has been sidelined with an injured chest muscle.  Dumervil was the leader last season in sacks and was awarded for his efforts last month with a five year contract valued at just over $58 million dollars.  The contract is a record for his position as it offers just over $43 million in guarantees. 

Sources indicate that Dumervil may be out for five months, meaning it is likely he will miss the entire season.  Add to this dilemma the fact that Darrell Reid remains injured and has not yet participated in training camp and the Broncos are without a proven pass rusher as they enter preseason play.

There’s bad news for the Green Bay Packers too. Safety and four-year veteran Atari Bigby will need arthroscopic ankle surgery and will have the procedure on Friday.  Bigby is confident that he will not miss a significant amount of playing time but Packers Coach Mike McCarthy would not comment about a possible time table for a return. 

Staying in the NFC North, Detroit was riding high just days ago after the signing of second overall pick Ndamukong Suh.  With news that safety Louis Delmas has a lingering groin injury the celebration has become a bit more conservative as the severity of the injury remains a question mark to the Lions.

Delmas is a big piece of the puzzle for a Lions team that hopes to improve dramatically on the defensive side of the ball. Though Delmas admits that surgery has been discussed he is adamant that it is not the option he expects saying this on his Twitter account:

@LouisD_26 I am not having a season ending surgery dont believe everything you hear… click here to read more . . .

The Washington Redskins remain hopeful that Albert Haynesworth will be at full strength soon but he has not participated in training camp due to his inability to pass the required conditioning test.  The test was required for Haynesworth after he sat out on the mandatory mini-camp in June due to personal objections with new coach Mike Shanahan’s direction of the defense.

Haynesworth first failed the test on July 29th and 30th before sitting out the next two days and attempting it again on Monday before quitting due to knee stiffness.  Haynesworth has not attempted the test since Monday and an MRI was conducted that revealed no structural damage in his knee. 

Adding insult to injury is the fact that analyst Mike Golic passed the test with relative ease earlier this week on ESPN.  Golic is an NFL veteran who has been retired for sixteen years and currently works for ESPN. 

The Minnesota Vikings are on standby as they await the retirement decision of quarterback Brett Favre and the veteran says that decision is centered around his ankle injury.  Favre was rumored to have sent text messages to certain teammates and Vikings officials on Tuesday but was later found working out with the local high school team in Mississippi. 

However, on the same day as the rumors of retirement began, Vikings kicker and friend Ryan Longwell spoke to Favre and indicated retirement had never come up during discussion.  We have since learned that Favre will meet with Dr. James Andrews next week to discuss the success of his ankle surgery. 

While the actions of legendary quarterback Brett Favre would most likely be difficult for even the most skilled of gamblers to bet on, it seems clear from the statements of other Vikings players that Favre would be welcomed back to the locker room regardless of when the decision is made.

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Cade Caldwell is an Atlanta-based sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax.

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Dez Bryant refuses to carry pads, mistake?

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has decided that rookies don’t carry pads at NFL training camp and has refused to participate in a time honored tradition. Perhaps it’s not about all rookies, rather it’s only about him.

We aren’t surprised are we? His quote on the subject was, “I’m not doing it,” Bryant said. “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads.”

Didn’t he drop to his NFL draft position solely on the reports of his personal behavior? He was subject to discipline by the NCAA, which if you believe everything Bryant and his mentor Deion Sanders had to say, was much ado about nothing.

Yet, he has put his stake in the ground about a tried and true ritual that has been performed by every big name in the league at one time or another.

Perhaps it was the fact that the person who pointed to the pads and told him to go get them was the guy whose job may just be at risk now that Bryant has landed in Dallas.

Roy Williams, Cowboys starter and a guy who hasn’t lived up to the price paid for him by the team, is now in a tough position.

Williams whined that he had to go through the rookie ritual as did every other player he ever teamed up with. There’s been no specificity on where this should go next but if Williams’ teammates don’t step up and help him out, he’ll be placed in the role of toothless tiger.

Profootballtalk.com’s Mike Florio found Shawne Merriman’s suggestion on his Twitter account:” Dump his ass in the COLD TUB,” were Merriman’s words of advice to the Cowboys.

Will Bryant break the culture of rookie hazing as practiced by hulking football players? Not likely and for good reason according to an anonymous player who wrote a piece in last September’s ESPN The Magazine.

“Believe it or not, though, there’s a purpose to this idiotic stuff: It’s an initiation into a culture of respect for the men who played before you,” wrote Player X, offered a chance to weigh-in on the topic.

“The only reason we have million-dollar contracts nowadays is that players before us fought for our rights. So you have to pay your dues, show respect to the veterans.”

I think that pretty much sums up why this won’t go away for Bryant and why he won’t be getting much support from anyone else on the subject.

What a year for HBO’s “Hard Knocks” to be focusing on the New York Jets. Bryant’s comeuppance would be must see TV.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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