New England's pass rush suffered a substantial loss when starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich went down with a torn triceps that is expected to sideline him until October. Along with Pro Bowlers J.J. Watt and Calais Campbell, Ninkovich is one of just three players with at least 40 sacks and 350 tackles since 2010.
Call it a draw for the wide receiver corps after Julian Edelman slammed his helmet in frustration upon suffering a leg injury in one-on-one drills. The initial news left Pats fans holding their collective breath, as trainers were examining the lower leg close to the area of Edelman's offseason foot surgery.
All in all, the perennial AFC powerhouse should count its blessings that Tuesday's news wasn't more debilitating.
Here's what else we learned from Tuesday's action in training camps around the league:
- The Indianapolis Colts' depleted front seven, already on our radar as potentially the league's weakest, just received more bad news. Starting defensive end Kendall Langford is expected to miss three-to-four weeks due to a knee scope. With Arthur Jones suspended and Henry Anderson still recovering from ACL surgery, the defensive line is shaping up as a major liability.
- The Denver Broncos announced that Mark Sanchezwill get the starting nod for the preseason opener versus the Chicago Bears. Sanchez will play the entire first quarter, followed by Trevor Siemian in the second quarter and rookie Paxton Lynch in the second half. At least one veteran beat reporter believes Siemian is in the driver's seat for the Week 1 nod:
- The Cardinalsrestructured the contract of left tackle Jared Veldheer, freeing up $4 million in cap space. Their next move could involve lowering the cap numbers of Chandler Jones ($7.8 million), Michael Floyd ($7.3 million) and Calais Campbell ($15.25 million) by reaching extensions prior to the start of the season.
Although Carroll acknowledged that "it's going to be awhile" before Thomas Rawls is back in peak football shape after missing the entire offseason, the arrow is certainly pointing up. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling awesome," Rawls said. "I'm feeling great, I'm feeling phenomenal."