By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
“Just don’t let anyone get hurt”. That is the motto of most fans during the preseason. Unfortunately, injuries do happen, and they can make a huge impact on a season. This year, many teams have tried to minimize season impacting injuries by having their starters sit, but that doesn’t always work. Now that preseason is halfway over, let’s take a look at where the NFC West stands with injuries.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have completely changed the structure of preseason football. They have sat all offensive starters for every game and have no intention of playing them in the preseason. The formula has worked well for Los Angeles, but it isn’t perfect.
Last Saturday, during the game in Hawaii, the Rams lost linebacker Micah Kiser to a pectoral injury. Head coach Seah McVay called it a significant injury, and there seems to be no timetable to the linebacker’s return. McVay also said they wouldn’t be looking to add to the team to replace him, but will be using their depth to fill the missing piece.
Wide receiver, Hakeem Butler, injured his hand in the second preseason game. It’s serious enough, reported as an avulsion fracture, that the rookie may end up on injured reserve. Butler is a fourth-round pick who Arizona had planned on being a factor in their offense.
Cornerback is a position in trouble due to a couple of injuries and a suspension. CB Robert Alford has been lost for a large part of the season due to a leg injury, and Brandon Williams is still recovering from back surgery. Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games for violating the NFL’s drug policy. This leaves people to wonder where the Cardinals will go for help.
San Francisco 49’ers
We are hearing a lot of “he would have played if it was a regular season game” coming out of San Francisco. And its probably very true. However, there are a few injuries that are a little more serious.
Defensive end, and first-round draft pick, Nick Bosa has been dealing with an ankle injury that could keep him out of the season opener. Bosa had a reputation in college of being injury-prone, and this isn’t helping his case. CB Jason Verrett, who also has an ankle injury, is also questionable for week 1.
RB Jerick McKinnon is also trying to come back. He tore his ACL back in August of 2018 and his knee flared up after just a couple of practices.
Bad news today for the Seahawks receiving corp. WR David Moore, who was having a great camp, has a shoulder injury that could take a significant amount of time to recover from. This will give a few of the rookies a chance at making the team. Also from the receiving core, rookie WR D.K. Metcalf has been working to come back from knee surgery. He is said to be week to week.
Linebacker Shaquem Griffin is day to day with a knee injury, but head coach Pete Carroll said he wouldn’t make it back for this week’s preseason game against the LA Chargers.
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