Panthers training camp came to a halt on Monday morning as Ross Cockrell suffered a leg injury. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reported from practice the cornerback collided with wide receiver Torrey Smith in the end zone, and was on the ground yelling: “My leg is broke!” After Cockrell was carted off the field coach Ron Rivera ended practice, multiple reporters tweeted.
Unfortunately, Cockrell isn’t the first player to get injured just a few days into training camp. In fact, he was one of more than 10 players listed as being injured on Monday alone.
Players surround Ross Cockrell, who’s suffered a left leg injury. pic.twitter.com/qGXmBmohG2
— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) July 30, 2018
As CBS Sports lists, training camp injuries range from mild day-to-day ailments to season-affecting inflictions. Seven players injured on Monday, including Cockrell, are questionable to play in Week 1. Four players injured over the weekend have already been listed as out for the first games of the week.
One player whose injury has their team particularly worried is Garett Bolles. The 26-year-old left tackle fell during Broncos practice on Monday and reportedly hit his chin hard on the ground. According to Troy Renck of ABC 7 Denver, Bolles was carted off the field and appeared “nauseous” as he went into the locker room. Bolles is now being evaluated for a concussion, Renck reported.
Of course, injuries are piling up more for some teams — namely the Steelers. As Steelers Wire reports, Pittsburgh lost five players during their Sunday practice alone, four of whom are starters. Tight end Vance McDonald’s reported foot injury is especially concerning since his 2017 campaign was peppered with injuries which limited him to only playing 10 games. Left guard Ramon Foster left practice over the weekend after hyperextending his knee, but while he is listed as “questionable” for Week 1, NFL.com reports he will not need surgery on the injured knee.
Down in Southern California, the Chargers have been dealing with their own case of injury woes since cornerback Jason Verrett suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a conditioning test on Friday. The 27-year-old California native has only suited up for 25 games over his short career because of a plethora of injuries. He missed a bulk of the last two seasons because of a torn ACL in his left knee that required multiple surgeries, Reuters says. Verrett was reportedly hoping to have a rebound campaign in 2018 with the knee injury behind him but now could potentially miss the entire season.