Injuries Rear Ugly Head Monday

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) warms up pregame at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. Nfl Indianapolis Colts At Jacksonville Jaguars. © Robert Scheer / USA TODAY NETWORK.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Nyhem Hines (21) takes pregame practice at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. NFL Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars. © Robert Scheer / USA Today Network.

It didn’t take long.

NFL training camps opened last weekend and on Monday, while injuries had already begun to plague teams’ rosters.

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The Detroit Lions entered free agency four months ago, signing former Philadelphia Eagles safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson One year, $8 million deal. But if the worst-case scenario is confirmed by Monday morning, the protector could remain on the shelf indefinitely.

January 2, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (22) walks off the field at the end of their game against the Carolina Panthers at the Kaiser Superdome. The Saints won 18–10. Mandatory credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports.

Lions Correspondent Tim Twentyman tweeted Monday morning, “Veteran Lions DB CJ Gardner-Johnson went down with a right leg injury on Monday and was carried off the field. He is clearly upset and team captains Bugs and Goff decide to console him. Hoping for better news than it appeared.”

Multiple sources quickly clarified that the injury was of the ‘non-contact’ variety, which usually indicates the worst. Detroit’s defense was abysmal in 2022, and Gardner-Johnson was one of the improvements on paper to right the ship.

Detroit Lions safety CJ Gardner-Johnson practices during training camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility in Allen Park on Sunday, July 23, 2023. © Junfu Han / USA TODAY Network.

If Gardner-Johnson misses an extended period – which most Lions fans fear at the moment – ​​the Lions will turn to rookie safety Brian Branch, trade for an alternate replacement, or explore free agency for someone like John Johnson, of Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams fame.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills also suffered a scary injury scare on Monday. rushing back Naiham Hines He has injured his knee and is already expected to miss the 2023 season.

June 13, 2023; Buffalo, NY, USA; Running back Nyheim Hines (0) runs with the ball during Buffalo Bills minicamp. Mandatory credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports.

NFL Network‘S Tom Pelissero tweeted“Bills RB Nyhem Hines suffered a serious knee injury off-site and is expected to miss the entire 2023 season,” sources tell me and Ian Rapoport. A tough break for Buffalo and the versatile Hines, who was acquired at the trade deadline last autumn.

The injury was reportedly sustained in a jet ski accident.

Like the Lions, the Bills are firmly in playoff contender territory, so any injury news, especially this early in the summer, is brutal. Hines is a six-year veteran and was ready to add a pass-catching dimension to Buffalo’s attack, a quality the Bills had desperately desired for some years.

Naihem Hines of the Bills returned this kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown against the Patriots. It was his second kickoff return for a touchdown in the 35–23 Buffalo victory. © Jamie Germano/Rochester Democrat & Chronicle/USA Today Network.

Thankfully for Buffalo, the roster is designed to absorb RB injury, as James Cook (Dalvin’s brother), Damian Harris and former Minnesota Viking Latavius ​​Murray live on the depth chart. The Bills could also sign a free agent like JD McKissick or Kareem Hunt for ‘the Hines role’ if they don’t want the offense to suffer.

Vikings training camp began on Sunday with the rookie + 12 veterans reporting to Egan. Everyone else is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

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