They are unavoidable in professional sports. Injuries are something all 32 teams in the NFL have to deal with. It’s the reality of the game, and we haven’t even gotten to the games yet.
Players such as San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (knee injury) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Connor Barth (ruptured Achilles tendon) will be sidelined for either most of or the entire season.
Some players, such as Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams and Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller, both big parts of their respective units, figure to be ready to go when their teams open camp later this month.
Others, such as Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, have shown incredible recuperative powers.
As for the players listed in this piece, the common link between all of them is uncertainty. When exactly will these seven players be back on the field? And when they do return, how big of a factor will they be this season?
Obviously, we may be waiting a while to answer either one of those questions.