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We shall remember this day as the Sunday in which all of the players who play all of the positions broke.

First it was C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush going down, and they only had a combined 542 rushing yards thus far up until the moment they left with shoulder and knee injuries respectively. They join Fred Jackson and Matt Forte in the steaming running back tire fire, and serve as our weekly reminder that no running back is safe from the wrath of breakage.

That evil wasn’t isolated to running backs either, as Matthew Stafford left Detroit’s OT loss to Tennessee and was replaced by Shaun Hill. Stafford aggravated a pre-existing hamstring injury while chasing down Titans cornerbackĀ Alterraun Verner after he stripped Brandon Pettigrew of the ball late in the fourth quarter. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of the strain, and his status for next week is uncertain.

No injury from a major contributor is particularly enjoyable, but from a value standpoint Bush and Spiller going down is a little easier to deal with since they were later picks in August, which especially applies to Spiller, who was a late-round flier in most leagues.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to Falcons receiver Julio Jones.

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The preseason is largely a time when we get to make sweeping judgements on rookies and backups as they torch opposing second-team units.

Hey, remember when Cam Newton really sucked last August and completed only 42.1 percent of his passes? Yeah, me neither. Teams are often trying new offensive or defensive schemes, and experimenting while taking advantage of the irrelevant scoreboard. That kink-massaging process can lead to some of the interceptions, drops, fumbles, and blown coverages as players are thrust into positions and scenarios that are unfamiliar.

But the games aren’t entirely meaningless, just mostly. For rookie quarterbacks, we get to see if they can simply lead an NFL offense with some degree of competency, even if the defense they’re opposing may not be of the first team variety. And of course there are positional battles, where every throw, catch, or batted ball is really, really meaningful. Then there are the veterans who struggled last year, and fans of their respective teams are desperately watching for change.

Let’s start there as we look back on the first full night of preseason play with a few observations beyond the injuries to Michael Vick and Ryan Mathews, because the yearning for change has taken up a permanent residency in Buffalo, and specifically in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s arm. If he keeps throwing ducks, the obesity rate in upstate New York could soar due to the abundance of free chewy treats.

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