The NFL is back, and even though the preseason games mean nothing to a team's record, the excitement is in the air. The owners are collecting “free” money, the fans are smack talking and players are getting a chance to showcase their skills.
But somewhere, sitting in a sky box, alone or with his closest confidants, sits your team's general manager or head of personnel. While he may be hoping for the next undrafted college find like Tony Romo or Victor Cruz, the sad truth is that 90 percent of the roster is decided before the preseason games start. These men watch the games anxiously, praying to the football gods that none of their stars get injured.
Not only do injuries play a major factor in roster decisions, but they can have huge implications on the salary cap as well. With medical issues such as concussions becoming such a hot-button topic in the world of sports, even the most minor injuries are dissected.
Here is a list of injuries that have already begun to make front-office personnel get their “emergency” boards ready.