NFL preseason week 1 injuries and betting news and notes compiled in great part thanks to linked stories including NFL injuries on SportsBookIntel.com
Thursday, August 8
Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson will be out for approximately two weeks due to a slight hamstring tear. Dickson, who suffered the injury during Sunday’s practice, is the team’s No. 1 tight end after Dennis Pitta was lost for the season with a hip injury sustained during training camp. The 25-year-old Dickson caught 21 passes for 225 yards for Baltimore a year ago.
Source: Sports Network
Wide receiver A.J. Green will not make the trip for the Cincinnati Bengals’ preseason opener in Atlanta. He caught 97 passes last year with 11 TDs.
Friday, August 9
The Green Bay Packers may be forced to shuffle their renovated offensive line after starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Source: Associated Press
Green Bay added depth at RB. Enter second-round draft pick Eddie Lacy of Alabama and fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin of UCLA. They have shared reps with two returners from last season, Alex Green and James Starks. Two of their top three cornerbacks (Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward) remain sidelined.
The Arizona Cardinals again were without their top two running backs as training camp resumed Monday following a day off for all the players.Rashard Mendenhall missed his third straight practice with patella tendinitis and Ryan Williams remained sidelined with a sore knee. Three other starters – guard Daryn Colledge (nerve irritation), inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (hamstring) and nose tackle Dan Williams (sprained ankle, knee) also missed another practice. Those who sat out Monday’s practice could miss Friday’s opener as well.
“A bunch of those guys will be iffy for the ball game but they are getting better,” Arians said. “We’ll err on the side of caution.”
Asked how much the starters would play against the Packers, Arians said, “We’re shooting for 15 plays.” “We’ll see how it goes, how far one side of the ball or the other gets stuck going into the second quarter,” he said. “We’ll just see how it plays out, how we’re playing. There are so many young guys that need to be evaluated.”
Starter Marques Colston has yet to practice this camp. Joe Morgan, who appeared to have the lead for the No. 3 receiver spot, went down with an unspecified injury in a scrimmage Saturday.
WR Santonio Holmes it out. They are very thin at RB as well.
Source: sports betting Twitter feed
RB Trent Richardson is questionable for the Rams.
Source: Many, will update as info comes in
Tony Romo expects to make his preseason debut Friday against Oakland.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Joel Dreessen, who led all of the Broncos’ tight ends last season with 863 snaps, or 75.5 percent of the offensive plays, likely will miss the entire preseason.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is out. The 28-year-old Willis, a six-time Pro Bowl choice and six-time Associated Press All-Pro selection in his six NFL seasons.
Sunday, August 11
The Indianapolis Colts are in the midst of a retooling project on the defensive side of the football. Thanks to a flurry of offseason free-agent signings, as well as one or two additions through the draft, the Colts could have at least six new starters when the regular season opens.
Source: Sports Xchange
WR Darius Hayward-Bay is out for Colts. He had 41 receptions for 606 yards.
The competition between the two for the starting quarterback job remains tight, and coach Rex Ryan is not sure who will start the preseason opener at Detroit on Friday night. But Ryan added that both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith will work with the first-team offense during the game.
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