Draft Kit '04: Injury Report

Originally Published: July 20, 2004
By Scouts Inc.
Jason Langendorf
(Injuries ruined their 2003, can they rebound this season?)
  • Rich Gannon, QB, Raiders. The only solace Gannon can take from last year's season-ending shoulder injury was the fact that the labrum was only partially torn. A complete tear would have meant a more complicated surgery, longer rehab and perhaps something less than a full recovery. At least one report claimed Gannon was throwing in mini-camps as well as, and maybe better than, he ever has. He will have to if he is to make due with Oakland's roster of receivers. Given his age and a new offense that calls for more downfield throws (never Gannon's strength), he might have trouble holding off Kerry Collins, even if the shoulder is sound.

  • Kurt Warner, QB, Giants. We have watched him struggle the last two years, but concerns about Warner have to do with the unseen. Is his hand OK? Is it his shoulder? Something else? Here's the scary part: No physical evidence has been found to explain his rapid downward spiral. Warner was throwing ducks in early offseason practices with the Giants, but he attributed those to the growing pains of learning a new offense. Whether or not the finger he broke in 2002 has ruined his grip (as many have speculated), Warner's skittish pocket demeanor makes him a long shot to revive his career behind the Giants' offensive line.

  • Mike Alstott, RB, Buccaneers. After suffering a neck injury in Week 5 last year, Alstott's season was over and his career was in jeopardy. He had surgery in the offseason and was cleared to play before mini-camps, but there are no guarantees. Alstott isn't just a football player -- he's a fullback who makes his living putting his head down and pummeling what is in his way. A neck injury for a man with that job description isn't to be taken lightly, but neither are Alstott's 59 TDs in 112 career games. If he makes it through training camp unscathed, he is worth a late-round pick.