No sport is more synonymous with injury than football. And no injury strikes fear into players, coaches, fans and the teams that pay the salaries like the torn anterior cruciate ligament. Located at the center of the knee joint, the ACL connects the tibia (shinbone) and femur (thigh bone). And when a player tears his, that’s the end of his season.
Well, we are all of one preseason game into the season, and already the NFL has seen a rash of torn ACLs in training camps, taking out some pretty big names and putting pretty big holes in contenders’ lineups before they have taken even one snap in a preseason game.
With today’s medicine, there is hope. But first let’s look at some of the big names to go down with torn ACLs already, and the impact their absences could have:
In last season’s playoffs, just seven months ago, rookie QB sensation Robert Griffin III suffered a torn ACL in a loss to Seattle. Reports from Redskins camp so far this preseason have been rather encouraging, with RG3 taking part in drills, though he may sit out all preseason games and he has been told he will wear a knee brace this season.