The way to win offseason: Stay healthy

May, 29, 2013
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We say all the time that winning the offseason means nothing.

But the real win in the offseason is when no one gets hurt.

San Francisco could win the Super Bowl, but it’s an offseason loser having lost Michael Crabtree to an Achilles injury. Anthony McCoy is hardly the same caliber player, but Seattle lost him to the same injury.

The Texans will put running back Arian Foster on the shelf for the remainder of OTAs to make sure he’s ready for camp. He suffered a minor calf injury Tuesday. It's not a big concern, it's just prudent to sit him.

Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and cornerback Greg Toler were held out of an OTA session Wednesday with minor hamstring and foot issues, respectively.

“This time of year we’re obviously going to err on the side of caution,” Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. “It was our decision to hold [Heyward-Bey] out. He probably could have gone, but we said, ‘Hey, chill. We’ll see how you feel tomorrow’ and put him back out there …

“They want to go. We have to protect those guys from themselves. They want to be a part of everything. Push him out there and force the issue with him, then have something serious happen this time of year would be not very smart on my part.”

A high percentage of injuries include a good percentage of bad luck.

And while coaches will be smart, there is only so much they can do.

“We create an atmosphere where we are as safe as can be,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “I really don’t think with the rules the way they are now there are not a lot of unnecessary things going on anymore where it’s overkill or too much time on the field. There is not a whole lot that you can do about some bad luck that can happen other than the usual stuff, stretching them, hoping for good luck.

“You can’t concern yourself with it other than just practicing smart.”

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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