Injuries are a part of the game of football that nobody likes. They can make or break a team and even be downright frightening to watch at the fan level. They can also end a player's career.
Preseason is an especially tough time for NFL players. The veteran guys are trying to make sure they are in shape for the upcoming season, and the new guys are doing everything they can to impress the coaches before the final roster cut. The combination of veteran players with hungry young guys trying to leave it all out on the field can be dangerous.
In fact, The American Journal of Sports Medicine published a study that concludes the same thing. They looked at NFL athletes over a 10 year span and found that over half of all hamstring injuries occurred during the preseason. These injuries can then be aggravated during the regular season and put playmakers on the sidelines for weeks or months.
The players most at risk for this type of injury are the ones who have to use their off the line speed and those who jump for balls such as the wide receivers and the defensive secondary, as well as players on the special teams units.
Hamstring injuries are certainly not the only ones to be concerned about, however, as the following list will show.