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Training Camp Injury Update
Philip Gentles
August 5, 2011
 

QUARTERBACKS

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego
Ryan Mathews entered Chargers training camp unable go to full speed due to a toe injury.

David Garrard, JAX - Lower Back Strain

Jaguars’ QB David Garrard left practice on Thursday after straining his lower back, however head coach Jack Del Rio does not believe that the injury is serious and he expects him to return to the field soon. Garrard began complaining of tightness and pain in his back and he ended up leaving practice on a cart. According to reports the medical staff diagnosed him with a minor back strain and Del Rio said that he received treatment in the training room. He could be back as early as Saturday so don’t expect this to be a long-term problem.

Peyton Manning, IND - Surgery to Repair Bulging Disc in Cervical Spine

As expected the Colts’ medical staff has decided to keep QB Peyton Manning out practice for the start of training camp, but a source close to the situation has reassured The Huddle that his surgically repaired neck is fine and that he will definitely be 100% for the start of the regular season. Manning, who began camp on the active/PUP list, has already begun to run and throw and while team officials aren’t sure when he will be cleared to officially practice with teammates he is definitely getting closer to doing so. And if you are still on the fence regarding his neck injury, keep in mind that the Colts recently signed him to a 5-year, $90 million contract. The Colts’ organization is definitely not worried about his neck, so neither should you.

RUNNING BACKS

Ryan Mathews, SD - Toe Soreness

Chargers’ RB Ryan Mathews missed 2 days because of what the team called soreness in his toe but he has already returned to practice and it doesn’t appear to be a big deal. According to reports Mathews complained of discomfort in his big toe after taking the speed test at the start of training camp. He was seen in the training room a lot during the 2 days that he was out, but he was cleared to resume practicing on Tuesday and the coaching staff believes he is fine. While the exact nature of the injury was not made public, it sounds like he suffered from an acute form of turf toe. Hopefully this doesn’t become a chronic problem.

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