In June each year the football season really starts to heat up. The draft has been completed, mini camps are finished and training camps are almost in full swing. The summer is when football experts begin to make strong projections about player value and team performance. Injuries are one of the most talked about topics during this time, while final trades are made and contracts signed. Injuries in the NFL and football in general are common. In a report titled “Players’ Positions, Not Prior Injuries, Predict NFL Career Length” (May 28, 2009) from MedicalNewsToday.com, a new study on NFL injuries and career longevity is highlighted.
The study was primarily authored by, former Rookie-of-the-Year, All Pro defensive back and NFL scout for over 30 years, Milt Davis, Ph.D. Unfortunately Davis died in September of 2008 before he could present the findings. Pat Lombardi, Ph.D., another author of the study stated, “During the course of the study, Milt demonstrated that nearly three-fourths of all players had more than two significant injuries, and that one of two had a major surgery prior to entering the NFL.” (Source: American College of Sports Medicine) Although injuries don’t have to shorten a player’s career, they have a dramatic effect on fantasy football value. Now that the 2009 draft is over, let’s review some of the most recent NFL injury reports