We can joke that everyone in the NFL needs to be bubble-wrapped this preseason—or at least encased in something that Robert Griffin III can hit with a bat—but this brings us to an interesting issue. Why don't players take better care of themselves?
Tom Brady was injured when a player fell and rolled into his knee. It was a non-contact drill, but this is precisely what can happen and ruin a season. Brady wasn't wearing a brace, though he's got one on for his Monday night game, reportedly because team owner Robert Kraft suggested it.
David Baas, the Giants center coming back from multiple offseason surgeries, got hit on the side of the knee by a falling player on Sunday. He left the game and could not return. While the sprain does not seem to be severe, it's certainly a problem. Baas was not wearing a brace.
While Griffin is wearing an advanced rib protector, Andrew Luck is wearing one that was state of the art in 1990. A little foam, a little hard plastic and a lot of bulk. At least he's wearing one, but for the Colts, why is their most valuable asset not wearing the best material?
I'd love to see players wearing new helmets, good pads and helping youth programs upgrade their equipment as well. As people around the league ask why injuries seem to be going up, it's time for players to look in the mirror and ask themselves that question.
With plenty of injuries, let's look around the league and discuss their potential fantasy football impact.