Chicago listed no one on last week's Official Injury Report. While I'm sure that's happened before, it's still quite unusual, but it might be telling. While no one keeps official stats on this, the OIR this week is as short as I can remember it, even with several teams listing as many as 20 players on it.
There was a slight increase in the actual numbers of camp injuries but a giant increase in the perception of injuries. An "epidemic" of ACL injuries got a lot of attention, but as we settle into the season, even with the small sample of two weeks, it appears that we're seeing a bit less in the way of listed injuries. I won't pretend to have an answer, though the NFL would surely point to the new practice rules.
I'll be very interested to revisit this in a couple weeks, especially in terms of concussions and traumatic knee injuries. From my standpoint, watching all the games this week through the lens of sports medicine, we are seeing signs of a culture change. Players were pulling off hits that I think they would have taken last year, mostly for fear of penalties and fines. There were a lot of nice, hard-form tackles, showing that it can be done.
We also saw a lot of low tackles, part of the unintended consequence. We'll have that as long as we have undersized players and powerful backs, though backs also seemed to change their tactic of bull rushing, head down as well. I like to see progress and I like to see reductions in injuries. There are enough positive signs that we're dealing with a revolution, not the evolution most expected.
Now, let's look around the league...