Training camps are beginning to ramp up around the NFL, but the focus on the league continues to be off the field as several notable players are dealing with injuries. Two big names received second opinions on Tuesday while one player left camp to travel to Switzerland for treatment on his knee.
Mario Williams continues to have issues with his foot, but a second opinion on Tuesday revealed no serious damage, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. Williams will not need surgery or any treatment other than rest and should "be fine" according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Sidney Rice left Seahawks training camp to travel to Switzerland for treatment on his knee, although the situation doesn't appear as dire as that sounds. Pete Carroll said Rice wasn't experiencing pain in the knee, but wanted to undergo a preventative non-surgical procedure to ensure he won't have problems during the season. Some have speculated Rice traveled to Switzerland to receive Regenokine injection treatments, a procedure Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant and others have previously received.
Seattle's other top wide receiver was also absent from camp as Percy Harvin was in New York getting a second opinion on his hip. According to Rapoport, Harvin will consider his options going forward. Surgery could be an option, but even if that is what doctors suggest, Garafolo noted it's ultimately Harvin's decision. Harvin could forgo surgery and attempt to play through the injury, although that may be a challenge. According to Garafolo, Harvin has reportedly complained of significant pain, even when just walking around.
Update: Harvin announced he will have surgery.
There is still no timetable for Santonio Holmes' return from the foot injury which cost him to miss 12 games last season. With the slow recovery, the Jets are reportedly losing confidence that Holmes will be able to return for the start of the regular season. Holmes wouldn't even say if he expects to play at all in 2013.
Ed Reed's status for the season opener is also in doubt as Reed spoke to the media for the first time on Tuesday and said he was close to returning, but couldn't say for sure if he would be ready for Week 1. Reed is battling a hip injury and said if there was a game today, he couldn't play, although he would probably try if it were the Super Bowl.
Ahmad Bradshaw hasn't practiced since offseason surgery on his foot, but he could be activated in roughly two weeks, according to the team's official website. Bradshaw was limited by the foot injury last season, but still managed to rush for more than 1,000 yards. While he's on the sidelines, Vick Ballard is taking the majority of first-team reps.
Injuries limited Ryan Williams to five games during the first two seasons of his NFL career and once again he's out with an injury. Williams tweaked his surgically repaired knee on Sunday, but the injury won't keep him out long and he could return to practice this week, according to Darren Urban. An MRI revealed no structural damage and Williams opted not to get a second opinion. He could return to practice on Thursday.
Nick Barnett led Buffalo in tackles last season, but was released by the Bills after failing a physical in February and has drawn little interest since. He's been working to get healthy this offseason and visited the Redskins on Tuesday, according to Rapoport.