The NFL preseason continues to be a key talking point after another top tier starter goes down. This time that player is All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the Green Bay Packers. The injury was sustained during the Packers last preseason game after Nelson went down to the ground with what looked to be a knee injury.
As the football country went to Twitter as well as other social sites the news broke that Nelson in deed suffered a season ending ACL tear. This injury also came just a few days after the upcoming odds came out having the Packers as one of the top options to take home the Lombardi Trophy.
This injury was a devastating blow for the Packers receiving corps but luckily for them they have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL Aaron Rodgers. The other good thing for Packers fans as well as sports bettors and your NFL game picks is the fact that this team has a solid backup in Randall Cobb as well as emerging wide receiver Devante Adams who will be looking to improve on his rookie season numbers.
Since the season is just around the corner this gives us a chance to take a look at a few of the other key injuries that could play key roles in how well there respective teams might play. These injuries could also play a key role in the outcomes of the games around the NFL in week 1 as well as the rest of the season.
Here are a few key NFL injuries that took place this summer that could play a key role in the decision of which team a sports bettor will select each week.
Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens used there first pick during the 2015 NFL draft on the University of Central Florida wide receiver. This move came after the team lost Torrey Smith during free agency to the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately for the Ravens, Perriman has been dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out of action including both of the team’s first two preseason games. This injury not only limits the Ravens passing attack but also delivers a key blow to a team that many expected to be one of the top teams in the AFC.
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers: Coming off an impressive rookie season, the former Florida State wide receiver looked poised to take another big step forward in 2015. This injury not only delivered a key blow to the success of the Panthers entire team but also a devastating blow to quarterback Cam Newton. Without Benjamin the Panthers offense will struggle to find a replacement at the receiver position. Look for the Panthers to take a step back in the NFC South in 2015 without Benjamin out wide.
Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd suffered a hand injury during training camp resulting in three broken fingers. While the Cardinals expect Floyd to be back at some point early during the 2015 NFL season it is slowly looking as the team will be without him during week 1. This injury will take a key part of the Cardinals passing attack off the field and could potentially slow down the teams other receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.