Updated Injury Report for All 32 Teams Midway Through NFL Offseason
The NFL offseason is a long, treacherous road for players, one where freak or otherwise unexpected injury lurks around many corners. It's also a time for many players to get that much-needed surgery to clean something up or fix a pain point.
Let's take a gander at the injury situation for each team as we head toward training camp, whether a player is recovering from a major injury in 2014 or suffered a minor setback during OTAs.
Key Injuries: QB Carson Palmer (knee)
It has been a quiet offseason for the Arizona Cardinals in the injury department. You'll hear no complaints from the fans.
Quarterback Carson Palmer is the only player of real note on the injury report, and he's only there because of a torn ACL suffered last season from which he is returning. Barring any setbacks, it shouldn't be an issue for him heading into the preseason.
Must be nice to have the injury boogeyman stalking other teams.
Key Injuries: OT Jake Matthews (foot), S Dezmen Southward (knee), S William Moore (shoulder), OL Peter Konz (knee), OL Joe Hawley (knee), OT Sam Baker (knee), OLB Brooks Reed (groin)
The Atlanta Falcons sure have a lot of offensive linemen coming back from major injuries.
Fortunately, Jake Matthews' was of the minor variety. Last year's first-round pick should be back on the field in no time. In fact, all of Atlanta's injured players should be back sometime before or during training camp.
Hopefully they don't aggravate anything upon return, but it seems like the Falcons have avoided any major injures thus far this offseason.
Key Injuries: S Terrence Brooks (knee), TE Dennis Pitta (hip), CB Jimmy Smith (foot), WR Michael Campanaro (quad), CB Asa Jackson (knee), WR Aldrick Robinson (knee), LB C.J. Mosley (wrist), OT Rick Wagner (foot)
There are plenty of names on the injury report for the Ravens right now, but most of them should be good to go for training camp. The biggest question mark is whether tight end Dennis Pitta will be able to get all the way back.
The Ravens bought their Pitta insurance when they drafted Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams in the second round of the 2015 draft, but the veteran might have some fight in him left.
Pitta is still aiming to come back from his nasty hip injury, but there is plenty of road left for the big tight end.
Key Injuries: RB Fred Jackson (undisclosed), WR Sammy Watkins (hip), CB Leodis McKelvin (ankle)
There isn't much to speak of in the way of injuries to Buffalo players, a good thing as they careen toward training camp.
Sammy Watkins is the most notable name on the injury report, and that's because he had offseason hip surgery. Hopefully the hip will be fine going forward—it was a pain point for him and the Bills offense during his rookie year.
Key Injuries: DT Star Lotulelei (foot), WR Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring), CB Bene Benwikere (hamstring)
There is only one real injury to speak of in Carolina, and that is the one to Star Lotulelei.
The big defensive tackle fractured his foot just before the playoffs, knocking him out for the postseason and requiring surgery. Hopefully a few months to recover will be enough to get that foot completely healed and Lotulelei ready for training camp.
As long as Kelvin Benjamin's balky hamstring is a nonissue—and it doesn't seem to be—then the Panthers are heading into training camp in great shape.
Key Injuries: DE Lamarr Houston (knee), DE Willie Young (Achilles), CB Tim Jennings (knee), LB Jon Bostic (back)
Lamarr Houston might be on the mend from a torn ACL, but he might take a little longer to recover from the embarrassment of injuring himself while celebrating a meaningless sack during a blowout loss.
The silly injury put an end to a miserable season for Houston, who was just awful in his first year with Chicago. The Bears really need him to regain his form from his days in Oakland, but he might get a slow start due to the recovery.
Fellow pass-rusher Willie Young is in a similar boat, though not through such embarrassing means. He is recovering from a torn Achilles.
Other than that, Tim Jennings had arthroscopic surgery early in the offseason, and Jon Bostic's back injury barely registers on the importance scale.
Key Injuries: OT Cedric Ogbuehi (knee), LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), OT Andre Smith (triceps), TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder)
Rookie offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi bought "loss of value" insurance when he went back to Texas A&M last year, according to Marc Tracy of The New York Times, but he didn't get to cash in after an ACL injury late in the season—he was still drafted in the first round.
That injury could keep him out of action until midseason, but the Bengals can afford to wait with Andrew Whitworth still starting.
Unlike many players who were put on injured reserve due to a knee injury, Vontaze Burfict was put there after arthroscopic surgery. That is to say, he hadn't torn an ACL—injured reserve was a surprise.
Unfortunately for the talented linebacker, microfracture surgery was in store for him after the season, and head coach Marvin Lewis recognizes that it's going to be a long road back, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Vontaze will be in rehab all the way through the summer. So, he's got a long ways to go. He had surgery in January. That's a surgery that takes a bit.
He's trying to beat the odds and do it quicker but he's got a lot of work to do. It's part of the injury.
Tight end Tyler Eifert is another player making a comeback from surgeries after a miserable 2014 season, but his shoulder shouldn't keep him out of training camp, per Christina Aguayo of WFFT Fort Wayne.
Offensive tackle Andre Smith is in a similar boat in his comeback from a triceps injury. It seems the Bengals have plenty of mending to do already.
Key Injuries: C Alex Mack (knee), OLB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), WR Dwayne Bowe (knee), DT Phil Taylor (knee)
The Browns will surely welcome Alex Mack back with excitement and relief after he broke his leg last season. Mack is certainly feeling that way, according to Matthew Florjancic of WKYC.com:
It's feeling good. We're doing what we need to, to be ready for camp. It was not fun. It's part of the game, injuries happen. You just take them as they go.
It was one of the more serious ones, but I think it's healing well and looking forward to the future.
Barkevious Mingo is also coming back from injury, recovering from shoulder surgery that should fix an ailment that short-circuited his 2014 campaign.
Other than continued recovery for a seventh-round cornerback with a first-round pedigree—Ifo Ekpre-Olomu tore his ACL late last season and might not be ready until midseason—injuries are minor and sparse in Cleveland.
Key Injuries: CB Morris Claiborne (knees), LB Rolando McClain (knee)
Cornerback Morris Claiborne has had a miserable career since the Dallas Cowboys took him in the first round of the 2012 draft, and last season might have been the nadir.
Claiborne got off to another rocky start last season, which culminated with a torn patellar tendon. That is a nasty injury from which he is making a comeback.
Linebacker Rolando McClain also got his knee scoped recently, per Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com, but he should be ready for training camp.
Key Injuries: OT Ryan Clady (knee), TE Jeff Heuerman (knee)
The Broncos suffered a big blow to their offensive line this offseason when Ryan Clady tore his ACL during OTAs.
Denver's starting left tackle will surely be missed—especially where quarterback Peyton Manning is concerned—but hopefully second-round rookie Ty Sambrailo can step in and contribute early.
Fourth-round tight end Jeff Heuerman was a victim in a rash of long-term injuries during rookie minicamps—the Broncos lost him for the year with a torn ACL.
Key Injuries: TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), CB Bill Bentley (knee), LB Stephen Tulloch (knee), DB Nevin Lawson (ankle)
Hopefully Joseph Fauria doesn't chase any more puppies down stairs.
The massive tight end hurt his ankle last season doing just that, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, knocking him out for most of the season and hampering him when he did get on the field. At least he should be back for training camp, as Meinke recently reported.
"I don't see anything holding me back from training camp," Fauria said. "That's the goal. Just trying to come back as soon as possible, but also being smart."
Before Lamarr Houston, there was Stephen Tulloch. The veteran linebacker tore his ACL early in the season celebrating a sack against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, once again per Meinke. He hasn't been on the field yet this offseason, but Tulloch says he is healthy, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Cornerback Bill Bentley is in a similar boat, just returning from knee surgery after tearing his ACL in Week 1.
Green Bay Packers
Key Injuries: OT Don Barclay (knee), WR Jordy Nelson (hip)
Jordy Nelson had offseason hip surgery that's kept him out of practice thus far. There is no reported timetable for return, per Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, but it doesn't seem to be bothering him.
“Not necessarily,” said Nelson. “We’re just going to continue to progress going forward. Like I said, we’re excited where we’re at and don’t have any worries about anything that’s of importance down the road.”
The only other real injury concern for the Packers is a backup offensive lineman. The Packers are hoping former starter Don Barclay can shore up depth behind David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga along the offensive line, and he's coming back from a torn ACL suffered last August.
Key Injuries: OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), WR DeAndre Hopkins (wrist)
Can Jadeveon Clowney make it all the way back from microfracture surgery?
That's what the Houston Texans are certainly hoping for after a disastrous rookie season for the former No. 1 overall pick. Clowney had health issues coming out of college, and they culminated in the need for the radical surgery.
It'll likely be some more time before Clowney can really get back on the field—it's a long recovery from microfracture surgery, and he had it in December.
Key Injuries: OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles), OT Gosder Cherilus (knee), OG Hugh Thornton (knee), OG Todd Herremans (biceps)
First came the suspension, then the torn Achilles.
That's how the 2014 season went for Robert Mathis, yet the Indianapolis Colts signed the then-33-year-old to an extension after the fact.
Mathis is on the road to recovery, and he should hopefully be ready for the start of the 2015 season. How well he can recover from a torn Achilles at his age will be an interesting sight to see.
Another guy the Colts are keeping an eye on this summer is offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, the starting right tackle who battled myriad injuries last season and ultimately had knee surgery this offseason. ESPN.com's Mike Wells reported Indianapolis doesn't expect him back until August, which could push second-year guard Jack Mewhort out to right tackle.
Key Injuries: OLB Dante Fowler Jr. (knee), DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee), S James Sample (arm), WR Marqise Lee (knee), C Stefen Wisniewski (shoulder)
It has been a brutal offseason for rookies in Jacksonville.
Not even two days into rookie minicamp, No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. tore his ACL, knocking the newly minted pass-rusher out for the season. The injury halted any momentum the Jaguars had built up with a solid offseason.
Fourth-round safety James Sample recently broke his arm, too, though he should be back sometime before the season begins, per ESPN.com's Mike DiRocco.
Breakout defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks is still making his way back from ACL surgery, and he might not be back until the season is underway.
Fortunately, everything else on the injury report is relatively minor.
Kansas City Chiefs
Key Injuries: S Eric Berry (illness), RB Cyrus Gray (knee), WR Albert Wilson (hamstring)
The story of the offseason for the Chiefs from an injury standpoint is Eric Berry's recovery from the cancer diagnosis he was given last fall.
Berry recently completed his cancer treatment, per Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star, an excellent development for the big-time safety. Hopefully he will be declared cancer-free soon and be able to resume practicing with the team.
Getting Berry back at any point in the season should be a big boost to an already solid defense.
Everything else is minor when compared with cancer, but the relative injuries are garden variety in Kansas City outside of Cyrus Gray. The fourth-year back is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in November.
Key Injuries: WR DeVante Parker (foot), OT Branden Albert (knee), K Caleb Sturgis (quad), S Louis Delmas (knee), CB Will Davis (knee)
The Dolphins had seemingly fixed their pass-blocking woes last season. Then high-priced offensive tackle Branden Albert was lost for the season.
Miami's protection reverted to its sieve-like state, and Ryan Tannehill wound up getting sacked 46 times. Naturally, Dolphins fans hope Albert will be good to go, and general manager Dennis Hickey recently said on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Late Hits that there is a reasonable expectation he'll be ready for Week 1.
Rookie wideout DeVante Parker is in a similar boat with a far less severe injury. After a great start to his tenure with the Dolphins, Parker had unexpected surgery on his foot to knock him out for several weeks.
Parker should be back for training camp, though Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post recently reported that an eight-week timetable might be "optimistic," according to orthopedic surgeon David Chao. It's possible Parker might not be ready to roll until the season starts.
Key Injuries: OT Phil Loadholt (pectoral), CB Captain Munnerlyn (foot), OT Matt Kalil (knee)
Offensive tackle Phil Loadholt has been one of the best run-blocking offensive tackles in the league, a road-grader who helped running back Adrian Peterson to MVP status a few years ago. A torn pectoral knocked him out in the middle of 2014, but he should be back for training camp.
That's good news for the run game.
His offensive line-mate had offseason surgery, but Matt Kalil should be good to go for training camp as well. Kalil says he feels healthy, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, which should hopefully help him bounce back from a steadily declining career.
Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is the only other injury of note in Minnesota, and it's just a minor foot injury.
New England Patriots
Key Injuries: LB Jerod Mayo (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder), C Ryan Wendell (shoulder), DT Chris Jones (calf), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
Most of the New England injury report involves players coming back from offseason surgery, per CSN New England's Phil Perry, and they should all make it back at some point for training camp.
The same can be said about the one player coming back from a major injury—linebacker Jerod Mayo. Getting him back should help bolster a defense that was hit hard with offseason attrition.
New Orleans Saints
Key Injuries: RB Mark Ingram (foot), OLB Junior Galette (pectoral), OLB Davis Tull (shoulder), OG Jahri Evans (wrist)
New Orleans hasn't had many serious injury issues this offseason—Mark Ingram, Davis Tull and Jahri Evans should all be fine for training camp—save one.
Linebacker Junior Galette hurt his pectoral in practice recently, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra, and we don't yet know how long he'll be out because doctors are split about whether or not he needs surgery. A serious pec injury typically requires a lot of missed time, so hopefully Galette can somehow avoid the surgeon's scalpel and make it back sometime this season.
Losing him would be a big blow to the New Orleans pass rush.
New York Giants
Key Injuries: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), LB Jon Beason (toe), WR Victor Cruz (knee), OT Will Beatty (knee), S Bennett Jackson (knee)
The hullabaloo around Giants practice is the fact that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is being held out with—wait for it—a balky hamstring, according to NFL.com's Dan Hanzus.
This is the same issue that plagued Beckham as a rookie, when he missed most of the offseason and the first four games of the year. Of course, we all know how that turned out for 2014's Offensive Rookie of the Year. Beckham laid waste to NFL defenses despite two hamstrings that were never fully healthy.
Still, given the time off and the targeted issue, it seems a bit worrisome that Beckham hasn't been able to shake the bad hamstring like he did so many cornerbacks last year. Hopefully this is mostly precautionary in the end.
His presumed running mate, Victor Cruz, is making his way back from a nasty patellar tendon injury that threatens to nullify his explosiveness. He might not be back until the season starts, but hopefully he can make it all the way back from injury.
Unfortunately, the Giants suffered one of the NFL's biggest losses of the offseason, with starting left tackle Will Beatty going down with a torn ACL. It seems like drafting Ereck Flowers with the No. 9 overall pick was a prescient move.
New York Jets
Key Injuries: RB Stevan Ridley (knee), CB Dee Milliner (Achilles), C Nick Mangold (ankle), S Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder), OG Brian Winters (knee)
The two biggest injury concerns for the New York Jets this offseason just happen to play positions that are stacked with talent. That is to say, the Jets can deal without them for now.
Those guys are running back Stevan Ridley and cornerback Dee Milliner. The latter is particularly superfluous right now with the arrivals of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine via free agency. Ridley is part of a deep—if not terribly talented—stable of running backs that includes Chris Ivory, Zac Stacy and Bilal Powell.
Nick Mangold's ankle injury nagged him at the end of the year, but he was fine for OTAs. Dennis Waszak Jr. of The Associated Press also reported that head coach Todd Bowles thought new Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist would be ready for training camp after a shoulder injury earlier this offseason.
Key Injuries: QB Derek Carr (finger), LB Sio Moore (hip)
Oakland's biggest question mark of the offseason was cleared up quite recently when NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reported that Derek Carr was cleared for practice.
The second-year quarterback was being held out with a finger injury, preventing him from creating a real rapport with new receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, but that is no longer going to be a problem.
Linebacker Sio Moore is the only other real injury story out of Oakland, as he's still recovering from a "major" hip surgery, according to ESPN.com's Bill Williamson. Hopefully he will be back to bolster the defense soon.
Key Injuries: OLB Marcus Smith (groin), LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles), QB Sam Bradford (knee), LB Najee Goode (pectoral), LB Kiko Alonso (knee)
So far, so good for the fragile Philadelphia Eagles.
Quarterback Sam Bradford is already participating in practice as he makes his way back from his second torn ACL. The same goes for linebacker Kiko Alonso, as both have impressed at OTAs, according to Evan Macy of Metro.
Linebacker DeMeco Ryans is still coming back from a torn Achilles, but he should be back sometime this preseason, according to Alex Smith of PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
Key Injuries: None
The biggest hurt of the offseason thus far in Pittsburgh has come from losing the heart and soul of the team as Troy Polamalu retired. He might have been past his prime, but Polamalu's exit was the culmination of lost personnel on defense over the past few years.
Other than that, however, the Steelers have a clean bill of health, according to multiple reporting sites, though it wasn't long ago that we heard Le'Veon Bell wasn't 100 percent healed from his knee injury, per ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
San Diego Chargers
Key Injuries: None
There is nothing to report here. The only injury of note in San Diego this offseason has been, perhaps, to Eric Weddle's pride—the safety wasn't attending OTAs until recently due to a contract dispute, per Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego.
Perhaps the fact that oft-injured running back Ryan Mathews is no longer with the team has something to do with a clean injury report.
San Francisco 49ers
Key Injuries: S Jimmie Ward (foot), DE Darnell Dockett (knee), NT Ian Williams (leg), WR DeAndre Smelter (knee)
There has been so much attrition in San Francisco this offseason that they can't really afford any major injuries. Fortunately, the 49ers have escaped the boogeyman so far.
Indeed, every significant player save for rookie receiver DeAndre Smelter should be back from their 2014 injuries for training camp. Smelter was merely the latest among players who the 49ers drafted at a discount due to injury—a torn ACL might keep the Georgia Tech product out for all of 2015.
Key Injuries: S Earl Thomas (shoulder), CB Jeremy Lane (knee, arm), WR Paul Richardson (knee), DL Jessie Williams (illness), RB Robert Turbin (hip), DL Brandon Mebane (hamstring), CB Tharold Simon (shoulder)
It was an injury that may have changed the course of a Super Bowl.
Cornerback Jeremy Lane isn't exactly on the same level as teammate Richard Sherman, but the New England Patriots sure seemed to pick on his replacement—Tharold Simon—once Lane was knocked out of the game with a broken arm and what would later be diagnosed as a torn ACL.
That injury came on a first-half interception of quarterback Tom Brady, and it might keep him out of the first half of 2015. Fortunately, the Seahawks have some contingency plans in place after signing Cary Williams and Will Blackmon in free agency.
The biggest concern will be Earl Thomas, who had shoulder surgery shortly after the Super Bowl. However, he should be ready to roll for training camp.
St. Louis Rams
Key Injuries: RB Todd Gurley (knee), WR Brian Quick (shoulder), RB Isaiah Pead (knee), OT Greg Robinson (toe), OG Rodger Saffold (shoulder)
The St. Louis Rams drafted a running back at No. 10 overall. Not only was that over a round earlier than the first running back was taken in 2014, but the ball-carrier is still recovering from a torn ACL.
That would be Todd Gurley, whose talent certainly warranted a first-round selection, but whose injury might have given most other teams pause. As it stands, Gurley is probably a ways away from really contributing.
Brian Quick, however, should be on the mend from a shoulder injury that knocked him out for the year. The big wideout isn't ready for contact, but he has been running routes in OTAs, per Myles Simmons of StLouisRams.com.
Quick was finally blossoming after a couple of seasons in the league, so hopefully the injury didn't short-circuit his ascent. The Rams could sure use a reliable receiver.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Key Injuries: None
That's right. At the time of this writing, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have zero injuries to report—at least none can be found when scouring recent news on the Web.
Rotoworld—the main source of information for this article—and NFL.com don't have anything listed. More power to the Buccaneers.
Key Injuries: CB Brandon Harris (knee), WR Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (shoulder), DE Jonathan Massaquoi (shoulder), NT Sammie Lee Hill (knee)
The Tennessee Titans secondary suffered a blow when Brandon Harris was knocked out for the season with a torn ACL during OTAs, per John Glennon of The Tennessean. He was vying for a backup role, though, so it shouldn't have a massive effect.
Michael Griffin's torn labrum was a much bigger issue, but he should be back for camp after January surgery. He seemed optimistic about his return shortly after surgery, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean:
Before I had the same surgery and I tore my labrum again — it was just a freak accident, the way I fell. So when they went in this time, they saw I'd ripped some of the anchors I already had in there. They added six more to it to make it more stable. It's probably going to be four to six months, so that's looking like coming back May or June. But I am shooting for OTAs.
Griffin didn't quite hit that time line, but he should hopefully be ready for training camp.
Other than that, the Titans are simply awaiting the return of several players from minor injuries, the most notable being second-round rookie Dorial Green-Beckham dealing with a balky hamstring.
Key Injuries: CB DeAngelo Hall (Achilles), TE Jordan Reed (knee), OLB Ryan Kerrigan (knee), OT Morgan Moses (foot), OT Trent Williams (ankle)
If only Jordan Reed could stay healthy.
The oft-injured tight end has been snakebitten since arriving in the NFL, unable to stay on the field on a consistent basis and short-circuiting his potential in the process.
He had to undergo knee surgery recently, per Liz Clarke of The Washington Post. While it doesn't seem like anything serious—head coach Jay Gruden said he'd be ready for training camp—it further erodes the confidence in Reed among the public. (Read: fantasy football owners.)
Of bigger note, however, are the injuries to offensive tackles Morgan Moses and Trent Williams. Both might not be ready for camp, though it seems they won't be out for too long. Williams' foot injury has lingered since the regular season, so hopefully there isn't more to worry about there.
On the defensive side, pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan recently had his knee scoped, per Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post, but he should be good to go for camp. Veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall is on the same track, though he is coming back from a lot further away after tearing his Achilles last year.
All injury information courtesy of Rotoworld.com.