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.
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.
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.
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.
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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