It may be just Week 1 of the 2013 NFL regular season, but plenty of injuries have piled up in the preseason, and fans should expect more to come.
Despite the season just getting underway, a plethora of notable players come in nursing problems and hope to fight through the pain to help their team win.
Among the most well-known injuries is the right knee of star Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. He sat out the preseason as he worked his way back from a partially torn ACL and LCL in his rookie playoff run, but ESPN's John Keim reported he's a go to start in Week 1.
One young quarterback who is testing a more recent issue is Buffalo Bills rookie EJ Manuel. He underwent minor knee surgery earlier in the preseason but was named the Bills' starter in their opener against the Patriots, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Having a valuable player hampered by injury can prove to be extremely aggravating for coaches heading into the regular season. Teams are much more healthy now than they’ll be when the rigors of the season hit, which means hits will be harder and bodies will be flying more so than ever.
Just as well, fantasy owners will be standing on pins and needles hoping their star players stay healthy. Tom Brady's 2008 showcased how easily your top player can go down for the year, as the Patriots' star quarterback followed up a historic 2007 campaign by tearing his ACL and MCL in the season opener against Kansas City.
Stay tuned here for updates as Week 1 wears on.