The past week has been an especially harrowing one in the NFL's season-long war of attrition.
Since Carolina Panthers second-year star Kelvin Benjamintore his ACL last Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers have lost Pro Bowl receiver Jordy Nelson, the Miami Dolphins saw starting safety Louis Delmas go down and the Dallas Cowboys are reeling from top cornerback Orlando Scandrick's season-ending knee injury.
Washington's coaching staff had big plans for Galette, who was New Orleans' top pass rusher with 22 sacks over the past two seasons. One teammate told NFL Media's Albert Breer that a still rusty Galette was so quick off the line that he would be three yards upfield before the offensive tackle took his first kick step.
With so many notable players smote by the football gods, it's natural to wonder if injuries are becoming more prevalent.
Since the offseason began, 25 players have sustained ACL injuries. That's not far off the offseason and preseason marks of 2013 (31) and 2014 (22).
Considering each of the 32 teams has 90 players under roster, that means fewer than one percent have been lost for the season.
Here's what else we learned about the status of injured players on Wednesday:
- If Johnny Manziel had even a small window of opportunity to push Josh McCown for the Browns' quarterback job, it slammed shut this week. Coach Mike Pettine strongly suggested that a sore throwing elbow will keep Manziel out of the all-important third preseason game, which functions as an audition for the regular season.
"I trust it now," Clowney said, in reference to his surgically repaired knee. "I'm just ready to play football."