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Preseason Notes: My Prediction…PAIN!

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The dress rehearsal week of preseason saw numerous players go down and in turn, putting their status for opening day and beyond in question.

Many starters around the league played into the second half and in the case of some (Tom Brady), appeared in the fourth quarter. Let’s run through some of the casualties.

  • Donnie Avery: The Rams receiver tore the ACL in his right knee during the Rams’ 36-35 victory over New England on Thursday night. He is out for the season and it’s a terrible blow for a team already paper thin at receiver.
  • Michael Bush: Oakland’s starting running back scored a touchdown on Saturday but also came away with a broken left thumb. He’ll undergo surgery but may be back in time for the season opener versus Tennessee.
  • Jason Campbell: Bush’s teammate and new quarterback was carted off in the same game because of a stinger. It was later revealed that the former Redskins quarterback also suffered a wrist injury during the game. Campbell ensured folks after the game that he should be fine.
  • Donte Stallworth: At an undetermined point of the game, the Ravens receiver broke his foot and will be out eight weeks.
  • DeSean Jackson: Philly’s star receiver took a screen pass on the Eagles’ first offensive play from scrimmage and got popped for his troubles. He left the game with an upper back injury.
  • Trent Cole: In the same game, the Eagles defensive end was carted off with an ankle injury but x-rays were negative.

This list does not include Donovan McNabb, who injured his ankle against Baltimore last week and now is reportedly in danger of missing the season opener versus Dallas.

These guys can’t stay healthy during the preseason and the league wants to add more regular season games? Oy vey.

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