The first preseason game does not normally include many starters so it isn't normally the most catastrophic for a season. Most teams will player their starters for the first half of the third game so you still have two weeks to worry about injuries to players who you may recognize and may actually hurt your teams chances this year. That being said, Jermaine Kearse is the first name player to have his season ended, but he won't be the last.
Jermaine Kearse was hoping for a bounce-back season. It didn't last one preseason drive.
The Detroit Lions receiver suffered a broken leg and associated injuries to his ankle, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.
Kearse was rolled up on the Lions' first drive of the preseason opener versus the New England Patriots. He left on a cart with his leg in an air cast.
The 29-year-old had been the Lions' top reserve receiver during training camp, according to reporters in Detroit. Instead of shining in that role to get his career back on track, Kearse will spend 2019 in rehab after the brutal injury.
The other injuries we're from Thursday's games:
1. New York Jets right guard Brian Winters left his team's preseason opener against the New York Giants with a shoulder injury.
2. Houston Texans receiver Keke Coutee was carted off the field against the Green Bay Packers with an apparent ankle injury. Rapoport reported the injury was not considered a major one.
3. Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld was taken off the field in a cart after suffering a broken left wrist. Coach Doug Pederson told reporters after the game Sudfeld would have surgery on Friday, but added that the injury was not season-ending.
4. Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas suffered a rib injury against the Chicago Bears.
5. Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Conor McDermott was evaluated for a head injury.
6. Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle George Fant left Thursday's game with an ankle injury and his return is doubtful. Running back Bo Scarbrough left in the second half with a hand injury.