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The 23 biggest injuries of the NFL offseason (so far)

Thursday’s preseason action added to a growing list of NFL injuries. Patriots rookie offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn and Washington RB Samaje Perine were both among those injured in Week 2 of the preseason.

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If your team makes it to Week 1 of the regular season with no major injuries and no players on Injured/Reserve it’s something to be thankful for.

So far this offseason we’ve seen quite a few major injuries. There have also been minor injuries like Saquon Barkley’s hamstring scare and DeVante Parker’s broken finger.

Here are the most notable injuries this offseason, starting with what happened in Thursday night’s preseason action.

1. Patriots OL Isaiah Wynn

The Patriots’ first pick in this year’s draft exited Thursday night’s game with an injury. It’s now been revealed as a season-ending Achilles tear. He was playing at right tackle when the injury occurred. Expected starting right tackle Marcus Cannon is also dealing with an injury, but should be back in time for the regular season.

2. Eagles QB Nick Foles

With the Eagles taking things slowly with Carson Wentz in his return from a torn ACL, Nick Foles made his first in-game appearance since winning the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, he strained his shoulder in the process. It doesn’t seem all that serious since he stayed on the sidelines, but it’s not what Eagles fans were hoping to see happen to the Super Bowl MVP. As it is, Wentz says his readiness to play in Week 1 is “gonna be close.

3. Packers RG Justin McCray

The Packers are still sorting out some of their offensive line starters, but McCray was expected to start at right guard this year. He left Thursday’s game with a leg injury.

4. Washington RB Byron Marshall

Washington lost Marshall due to a lower leg injury in the first half of Thursday’s game against the Jets. The severity of the injury is unknown. He’s fighting for a final spot on the roster, and his injury wouldn’t be a huge deal, except...

5. Washington RB Samaje Perine

Perine had a nice, big 30 yard run and then exited the Jets-Washington game with an ankle injury. This is especially troubling because...

6. Washington RB Derrius Guice

The second round pick will miss his rookie year after tearing his ACL in the first preseason game. It’s bad news for a Washington team that planned to feature the former LSU star heavily this year. If you’re keeping track that’s three Washington backs already injured in the lead up to the season.

7. Raiders S Obi Melifonwu

The 2017 draft pick has been injured for seemingly the majority of his time in the NFL. He’s now dealing with a lower body injury, the extent of which is unknown. But, he’s been held out of practice since August 6.

8. Chargers CB Jason Verrett and 9. TE Hunter Henry and 10. TE Austin Roberts

Are the Chargers cursed? It seems like they get hit hard with injuries every year and that’s again the case already with Verrett suffering a torn Achilles and Henry tearing his ACL. Chargers rookie TE Austin Roberts tore his ACL, too. Joey Bosa had a scare with a foot injury, but it’s not thought to be serious.

11. Panthers RT Daryl Williams and 12. RG Amini Silatolu and 13. CB Ross Cockrell

The Panthers have watched a few big injuries already. Williams tore his right MCL and dislocated his patella. Silatolu suffered a torn meniscus in left knee, and Cockrell has a fractured left tibia and fibula. It’s expected Williams will start the year on IR with the potential to return at the mid-way point. Silatolu is expected to miss at least a few games. And, Cockrell is likely headed to IR, too. That’s a lot of injuries to deal with at this point in the year.

14. Jets LT Kelvin Beachum

The Jets’ offensive line is banged up, headlined by starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum. He hasn’t practiced in a few weeks and it’s unknown how long he’ll be out. Without him, the Jets could be facing a scary situation when it comes to the person responsible for protecting their (to be determined) starting quarterback’s blindside.

15. Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley

The Cardinals were probably never happier about drafting a center than they were when starter A.Q. Shipley went down with a torn ACL. Now, it’s Mason Cole time in Arizona.

16. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin

Baldwin has missed only two games in his seven (going on eight) years in the NFL. His availability for Week 1 is in jeopardy though as he’s dealing with what Pete Carroll called a “sore knee.” The Seahawks remain hopeful but it’s unclear how soon he’ll be back on the field.

17. Eagles LB Paul Worrilow

Worrilow suffered a season-ending ACL injury on the first day of Eagles OTA practices. It’s unfortunate for the former Lions and Falcons linebacker who just signed with Philadelphia this offseason.

18. Vikings C Pat Elflein and 19. OG Nick Easton

The Vikings have already placed two starting offensive linemen on injury lists. Elfein is on the PUP list while dealing with offseason ankle and shoulder surgeries while Easton’s season is over due to neck and back injuries. Right guard Mike Remmers is also injured, but it’s not thought to be serious. Mike Zimmer’s squads always seem to get hit with offensive line injuries.

20. Titans S Johnathan Cyprien

There’s not much that’s worse than suffering a season-ending injury in practice. Such was the case for Cyprien who tore his ACL. The Titans signed former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro to take his place.

21. Colts WR Deon Cain

Cain tore his ACL in the Colts’ preseason opener, giving Andrew Luck one less option to throw to this year. The rookie sixth round pick will have to wait until next year to starting forming a connection with Luck after impressing with his athletic ability during spring workouts.

22. Packers LB Jake Ryan

Ryan tore his ACL and is done for the year, which is unfortunate as he’s on the final year of his rookie deal and needed a strong season to be re-signed in Green Bay.

23. Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen

Sorensen suffered a torn lateral meniscus, an MCL injury and a tibial plateau fracture in practice and while his timeline to return is unclear, it’s likely he misses regular-season action. Safety Eric Berry also has a heel injury, but it’s thought to be minor.

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