NFL camp roundup: Injuries for Jeremy Maclin, Dennis Pitta
Training camps are just starting, but some big names have already gone down with injuries that could threaten their 2013 campaigns. Among them was Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was carted from the practice field on Saturday with a knee injury.
The Eagles later announced that the receiver tore the ACL in his right knee, which will likely be season-ending for Maclin. A first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Maclin has been a consistent performer in the Eagles offense and is entering the final season of the five-year deal he signed as a rookie.
Like Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had an unfortunate end to his day of training camp on Saturday, as he, too, was carted off the practice field. The Ravens announced that the injury was a dislocated hip for the tight end and that he will miss the team's season opener against the Denver Broncos.
Pitta is entering a contract year after signing a restricted free agent tender earlier in the offseason. In 2012, Pitta recorded 61 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns, including 14 receptions and three touchdowns in the postseason.
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller was immobilized and transported to a hospital on Saturday after suffering a scary injury at the team's training camp. The Browns initially asked media not to identify Miller until after his family could be informed of the injury.
Shortly after he was transported, Miller was awake, alert and had feeling in all of his extremities. A fifth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Miller appeared in six games as a rookie.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn is still an unknown commodity in the NFL after sitting behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and Russell Wilson in Seattle. If he can prove himself as a better option for the Raiders than Tyler Wilson, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor, Flynn is in position to finally earn a full-time starting job and, according to Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride, he's off the a good start.
In non-contact practices, the only players you can really get a good read on are those involved in the passing game. With that in mind, the best looking player was Matt Flynn. He didn't look rusty at all and made most of his throws with zip and accuracy. It was a good first step in a camp where he needs to show himself to be absolutely the best quarterback on this team.
The Raiders had their first training camp practice on Saturday.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert hasn't exactly had the dream start to his NFL career, but if the 2011 top 10 draft selection hopes to keep his job as the starter for the Jaguars, he'll have to make a turnaround in 2013. Two days into training camp, Gabbert hasn't shown many positive signs so far, though.
Much of the talk during practice was about quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who fumbled multiple snaps on the day and overall had a rough go of it. Gabbert had some nice passes here or there, but for the most part held the ball and was erratic, especially in 11-v-11 drills. In his first eight plays in team drills, Gabbert had two fumbled snaps, a sack fumble, and threw an interception.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will travel to New York to get a second opinion on a hip injury that has kept him from the practice field with his new team. On Saturday, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll spoke about the injury and said that his return could feature several scenarios.
Potential scenarios for Harvin range from surgery that could cause the former Vikings wide out to miss extended time in the regular season, to the possibility of being back on the practice field in as early as two weeks, according to Carroll. Harvin was traded to the Seahawks in exchange for a first-round pick in March.
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