Top 15 Severe Training Camp Injuries That Hit Teams Hard

Training camp is one of the most demanding aspects of playing pro football. It challenges player’s mental and physical limits as they compete against one another for roster spots on their respective teams. It starts with over 90 players on each roster. The number gradually decreases from then on out as players struggle to maintain their spot while learning the playbook and building a rapport with their teammates. It comes as a bit of an adjustment to those who aren’t yet used to its vigorous demands. But it’s not just rookies who succumb to the pressures of an NFL training camp, veterans too have their moments where it looks as though the heat and constant physical activity wears them down. This can lead to serious injury.

It’s normal to lose players to injury throughout the course of an NFL season. Part of the game is dealing with guys getting hurt. In turn this creates opportunities for other players to step up and taking charge. But no one wants to loose people during training camp. Between practices and preseason games, there are a lot of opportunities for players to get hurt. Some injuries only last a few weeks, others can last months. The absolute worst thing to happen to a team is losing a key piece during this time. It creates a great deal of uncertainty as the season draws closer and comes at a time when the draft is over and the free agent pool is greatly depleted.

An injury at this time can change a team’s outlook for the year. The players themselves have to begin a recovery process that may or may not have them back in shape by the time the next season rolls along. With their years essentially done, all these guys can do is watch from the couch while someone else is doing their job. It might not be fair but it’s a part of the game and creates opportunities for exciting newcomers to burst onto the scene. There are always a few every year, but their success comes at the cost of losing a teammate.

15 Arian Foster

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14 Dustin Keller

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13 Percy Harvin

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12 Terrell Thomas


11 D’Qwell Jackson


10 Dennis Pitta

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9 Jamal Lewis


8 Chris Spielman


7 Ki-Jana Carter


6 Elvis Dumervil


5 Osi Umenyiora


4 Michael Vick


3 Sam Bradford

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2 LeCharles Bentley


1 Darryl Stingley


Coming off a career year in 1977, New England Patriots wide receiver was set to do big things in his sixth NFL season. The Patriots were set to sign him to a new contract that would’ve made Stingley one of the highest paid players in the league. New England hadn’t yet announced the deal but planned to after the team’s preseason bout against the Oakland Raiders. However, on a six yard slant Stingley was struck by Raiders defender Jack Tatum. The hit not only ended Stingley’s NFL career but confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

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Top 15 Severe Training Camp Injuries That Hit Teams Hard