As training camps continue to drag on, players are once again falling victim to the injury bug. No one is immune, and all fans can hope for is that their favorite team's best players make it through unscathed.
Last season, the Carolina Panthers were great on offense, as they finished in the top half of the league in both passing and rushing. A lot of the credit for that success has properly been given to Cam Newton, but it was the efforts of the entire unit that led to the production.
If the Panthers defense hadn't performed so poorly, then the Panthers would have been in the wild-card race late into the season. Last season, they finished 24th in pass defense and 25th in rush defense, not exactly the rankings you typically see from a playoff defense.
Although they went 6-10 last season, there are a lot of reasons for Panthers fans to be optimistic as the new season draws closer.
So far in camp, the Panthers have seen injuries affect the competition for the second cornerback spot and had to sit out two of their linebackers in their preseason opener against the Houston Texans.
If this is as bad as the health situation gets for the Panthers, then Newton's team should consider themselves among the luckiest in the league.