Thursday, August 13, 2015

Injuries piling up for former UConn stars

The first full slate of NFL preseason games kicks off with six games including Byron Jones making his debut when the Dallas Cowboys play at San Diego.

However, another story angle is the large number of former Huskies dealing with injuries in the preseason including the entire 2013 draft class.

Offensive linemen Will Beatty of the New York Giants and Donald Thomas of the Indianapolis Colts have long-term issues resulting in both of them being on the Physically Unable to Perform list by their respective teams. However the injury list does not stop there for the 27 former UConn products on NFL rosters.

Cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz (calf) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (ankle) have been sidelined recently. Gratz returned to practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday on a limited basis but it remains to be seen if they will risk playing him when Jacksonville plays Pittsburgh on Friday. However, the Titans have already ruled Wreh-Wilson out of Tennessee's game at Atlanta tomorrow.

Linebacker Trevardo Williams has been sidelined with a hamstring issue and he will not play when the Washington Redskins plays at Cleveland tonight. It also bears watching how much work Sio Moore gets with the Oakland Raiders in the preseason as he works his way back from hip surgery and Ryan Griffin has been held out of practice with the Houston Texans due to an undisclosed injury. Finally, Shamar Stephen missed today's practice with the Minnesota Vikings as he underwent an MRI (although there was no word on whether it was his knee being examined) and there's no word on his status for Saturday's game against Tampa while a groin injury has kept Darius Butler off the field for the Colts.

Here's the breakdown of games including former UConn players even the injured ones

New York Jets at Detroit (Dan Orlovsky), 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay at New England (Robert McClain), 7:30 p.m.
Washington (Trevardo Williams) at Cleveland, 8 p.m.
Dallas (Byron Jones) at San Diego (Donald Brown, Kendall Reyes), 10 p.m.
Tennessee (Tebucky Jones, Yawin Smallwood, Blidi Wreh-Wilson) at Atlanta (Nick Williams), 7 p.m.
Carolina (Jordan Todman) at Buffalo (Marcus Easley), 7 p.m.
Giants (Will Beatty. Geremy Davis) at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Shakim Phillips) at Jacksonville (Dwayne Gratz). 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Oakland (Sio Moore), 10 p.m.
Denver(Tevrin Brandon) at Seattle (Deshon Foxx), 10 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston (Ryan Griffin), 8 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Danny Lansanah) at Minnesota (Shamar Stephen), 8 p.m.
Kansas City (Tyvon Branch, Anthony Sherman) at Arizona, 9 p.m.
Indianapolis (Darius Butler, Donald Thomas) at Philadelphia (B.J. McBryde)


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