Preseason Injuries that May Alter the NFL Lines
Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, New York Giants)Technically, Pierre-Paul got hurt even before the preseason really began. On July 4, a fireworks accident ended up costing the two-time Pro Bowler his right index finger. For a while, though, Pierre-Paul refused to talk to Giant representatives, even the ones that flew down from New York to Florida to visit him in the hospital. At the present time, there still is no timetable for his return to the Giants.
Julius Thomas (TE, Jacksonville)When the Jags opened their preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thomas picked up a stable fracture in his left hand. He will be out for the rest of the preseason, but he should be ready to go for Week 1. Thomas just got a five-year, $46 million deal, but thanks to the way that NFL contracts, only some of that is guaranteed, and now it’s likely that Thomas will hit fewer of his incentives and leave more money in the Jags’ bank account.
Kevin White (WR, Chicago)Kevin White was one of the most exciting rookies in the 2015 draft. This wide receiver was supposed to be a big target for Jay Cutler, but now that he has a stress fracture in his shin, he might not play at all in 2015-16. He will begin the 2015 regular season on the physically unable to perform list. If you think Jay Cutler has been grumpy before, expect that to get worse this year.
Matt Elam (SS, Baltimore)Elam ripped his bicep at practice on August 2 and will be out for the entire 2015-16 season. He was set to start his third season in the National Football League, but now he has had surgery that will keep him out a minimum of four months.
Michael Floyd (WR, Arizona)At practice, Floyd happened to fall down on his hand. The injury was particularly gross, though, as he dislocated three fingers so badly that he required surgery. Now it’s look like he won’t be set to play when the regular season gets underway.