Training camp is usually a celebration for fans anxious to get the new NFL season started. But it's also also one of the more concerning periods as players begin full-contact drills that could result in significant injuries.
The Philadelphia Eagles possibly received devastating news on Saturday after wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was carted off the field. According to reports, Maclin was injured during a 7-on-7 drill in what appears to be a non-contact injury. After laying on the field for five minutes with players visibly upset, the cart sent Maclin to the locker room where the receiver believes that suffered an ACL. Writes Bleeding Green Nation, SB Nation's Philadelphia Eagles website.
As far as the Eagles are concerned, a major injury to Maclin would be a pretty big blow. While the unit features a lot of talent, outside of DeSean Jackson, the depth mostly consist of good role players. Jackson isn't a conventional number one receiver or even a possession receiver, so the team will need a dependable set of hands opposite the former Pro Bowler. The immediate replacements on the roster would likely be Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson and Arrelious Benn. All three have their pluses and their minuses.
Maclin isn't the only injury of note during training camp.
The Dallas Cowboys lost backup defensive end Tyrone Crawford with a season-ending torn Achillies tendon. The man he was backing up, Anthony Spencer, is expected to miss upwards to a month after aggravating a bone bruise which will require surgery. The New York Jets also lost defensive back Aaron Berry with a torn ACL.
Training camp is filled with scary stories of significant injuries that leaves a great impact on a team's overall success for that season. Though Cincinnati has avoided injuries with their top players, Cincinnati has lost their share in recent seasons. Brandon Ghee, Shaun Prater, Tony Dye, Taveon Rogers, Robert Sands, and Travelle Wharton were placed on IR prior to the regular season after suffering injuries during training camp and the preseason last year. In 2011, they tight end Bo Scaife and linebackers Roddrick Muckelroy and Keith Rivers, who arrived to training camp having already sustained his injury. And in 2010, it was safety Gibril Wilson.
After only two practices, the major injury note for Cincinnati has been A.J. Green, who suffered a bruised knee during Thursday's practice, which will shelve him through the weekend.
Training camp is great that revitalizes our fandom. But it's also a reminder that at a moment's notice, everything could change.