It seems the NFL preseason has become something of a net negative for the league: nobody really cares to watch a vast majority of these games, outside of maybe the first drive when some of the starters play. But on the flip side, usually the biggest news we get from the preseason is injuries.
As a Cowboy's fan, I can attest to this frustration: Tony Romo a few years back.. granted it all turned out good with Dak. But still. It's really not fun to watch a star player (or shiny new highly drafted player with lots of potential) go down in a meaningless game and be declared out for the season, before the season even starts.
This year, our first big name off the board is Derrius Guice, Washington's 2nd round draft pick that was seemingly set to be their bell cow running back for 2018. He is now out for the year with a torn ACL.
That was really unfortunate news for me, as I was excited to see if he could live up to the hype; even being a Cowboy's fan, I like when the division is strong. For the Redskins, this isn't killer news as they have good running backs to replace him already. But it's not good.
Biggest injuries of NFL preseason: Star receivers on the mend. ESPN has compiled the injury news from just the first week of preseason action and the list is pretty long. Not many out for the season, but dozens now are day to day or out for a week or two.
Other notable injuries so far:
Marlon Mack, Colts RB. Hamstring injury. Out indefinitely.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks WR. Knee issue. Out for probably the rest of the preseason.
Jason Verrett, Chargers CB. Torn achilles. Out for the season.
Jake Ryan, Packers LB. Torn ACL. Out for the season.
Johnathan Cyprien, Titans safety. Torn ACL. Out for the season.
Not sure if anything can be done to mitigate this issue. You could make the argument the preseason should be canceled to avoid this. But football is rough and injuries happen. It just sucks when they happen in meaningless games.