August 3, 2009

Vicious injury bug around NFL

Two really damaging injuries happened today in the NFC - Eagles MLB Stewart Bradley (torn ACL) and Panthers DT Maake Kemoeatu (torn Achilles) are out for the season.

We've already discussed just how ridiculously young the Eagles are at linebacker this year, but Bradley, 25, was the signal caller and heir to Brian Dawkins' defensive captainship. This would be the equivalent of the Saints losing Jonathan Vilma. Just devastating, and it forces disappointing Omar Gaither back into the starting lineup.

Kemoeatu is a big loss for the Panthers too, who didn't have great depth behind him. It'd be the equivalent of the Saints losing Sedrick Ellis. The Panthers have only one established defensive tackle left, Giants castoff Damoine Lewis, and then have second year pro Nick Hayden, third round pick Corvey Irvin and undrafted LSU product Marlon Favorite. Panthers LB Jon Beason also went down with a hamstring injury of unspecified severity.

Meanwhile, the Saints have just two players forced out by injuries though a host of others will be pulled back from experiencing the full attrition of camp: TE Dan Campbell (knee) and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (hamstring). Dunbar, you'll remember, made a name for himself for this feet-in-the-air block against the Vikings.

Reggie Bush, who has been sitting out of practices as a precaution, looks just as fast in camp as he did in that Monday Night game.

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