More bad news on the injury front. Dallas' top cornerback Orlando Scandrick has reportedly torn his ACL in Tuesday's practice and will miss the 2015 season. Scandrick was one of the bright spots on a middling Dallas defense.
Only 3 CBs ranked in top 15 in Adjusted Success Rate in 2013 AND 2014 Vonte Davis (#7, #4) Chris Harris (#6, #6) O.Scandrick (#11, #13)
— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) May 21, 2015
This follows Sunday's major injuries to Jordy Nelson (ACL) and Maurkice Pouncey (broken ankle), two other stars of the game. I checked our injury database for players who were designated as starters who were on injured reserve in Week 1. This won't include every full-season injury, since for example Peyton Manning was not on IR in Week 1 in 2011 as the Colts hoped he could return. The same can be said for NaVorro Bowman in 2014. But this gives us a pretty good idea of serious pre-Week 1 injuries to starters.
NFL starters on Injured Reserve before Week 1, 2000-2015 pic.twitter.com/vkVBwDqvuy
— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) August 26, 2015
For reference, the lockout and new CBA that has limited offseason programs started in 2011.
We're looking to set a new benchmark with the 2015 season. The list above was quickly thrown together, but we've added some more players expected to be tagged as starters, who will each account for 16 adjusted games lost in our injury metric.
- DL Frank Alexander, Panthers (probable starter)
- WR Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers
- OT Ryan Clady, Broncos
- SAF Louis Delmas, Dolphins
- SAF Matt Elam, Ravens (probable starter)
- DE Dante Fowler Jr., Jaguars
- CB E.J. Gaines, Rams (probable starter)
- OT Phil Loadholt, Vikings
- WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
- TE Niles Paul, Redskins
- DT Corey Peters, Cardinals
- CB Orlando Scandrick, Cowboys
With two more weeks of the preseason left, this list is sadly expected to grow. The Steelers also lost kicker Shaun Suisham for the year, but we do not include kickers/punters as starters.