Injuries the Name of the Game in Saturday’s Slate of NFL Preseason Action


Normally, all the talk around these parts would be surrounding the Seattle Seahawks utter domination of the Denver Broncos in the Pacific Northwest last night. Instead, the news cycle has been filled with some disturbing injury news around the league.

Let’s start out west with the aforementioned Broncos.

Second-year defensive end Derek Wolfe went down with what appeared to be a serious neck injury against Seattle. An ambulance was called to the field in Seattle, as Wolfe sat motionless on the field and a previously loud crowd quieted down in a heap of ooh’s and ah’s.

According to Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk, tests came out negative and Wolfe flew home with the team: 

A series of tests returned negative and Wolfe is expected to fly home with the team to Denver tonight after a hit in the first quarter of the Broncos’ game with the Seattle Seahawks led to Wolfe leaving the stadium in an ambulance.

There are no reports about Wolfe’s availability for the remainder of the preseason or Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

Teammate Champ Bailey might actually find himself out a bit longer than Wolfe.

The veteran cornerback suffered an apparent foot injury and was seen walking around in crutches after the game. Mike Kilis of The Denver Post reported late last night that x-rays were negative, but that Bailey will undergo an MRI today. 

It remains to be seen if Bailey, much like Wolfe, will be available Week 1 against Baltimore. Today’s MRI should be revealing.

Wes Welker also suffered an ankle sprain, but there is no word on his condition. While the Broncos don’t seem to be too concerned over the injury, it’s still worth noting.

Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller suffered what to appeared to be a nasty knee injury against the Houston Texans. His leg bent backwards as his knee planted. Keller was in visible pain before being carted off the field.

He’ll have an MRI done later today, but it has to be something to do with his ACL.

If Keller is out for a long time, quarterback Ryan Tannehill will suffer the most. He had been relying a great deal on the veteran tight end throughout training camp.

After completing 13-of-16 passes for 165 yards and a score in a stirring performance on Saturday, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert sprained the thumb on his throwing hand and had to exit the Jacksonville’s lost to the New York Jets. X-rays came back negative, which means that the former first-round pick should be ready to go by Week 1, if not before.

Speaking of the Jets, linebacker Quinton Coples suffered a hairline ankle fracture and will likely miss the first couple weeks of the regular season. Coples, a defensive end convert, was being relied on to provide Rex Ryan and Co. with a consistent pass-rush in their hybrid defensive scheme. Though he will return early in the season, this injury sets him back a great deal as it relates to that transition to outside linebacker.

Houston Texans’ rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was shaken up early in their game against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. The first-round pick suffered a concussion and will be evaluated per NFL rules before being cleared to play. He’ll be good to go by Week 1.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright was carted off the field Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals with a knee injury. Though Wright seemed concerned after the game, reports suggest that he suffered a sprain, not a torn ACL. This is great news for a Titans’ offense that will be relying on the second-year stud to provide a consistent target for Jake Locker in the passing game.


Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Wednesday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.