Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater

5 NFL players who suffered a season-ending injury in training camp feat. Teddy Bridgewater and Jeremy Maclin

Once NFL training camps open, all teams will begin their official preparations for the upcoming season. This usually marks the first time since the previous season that a team’s entire roster is together on the practice field. They can begin developing chemistry and working out new strategies with the coaching staff for the upcoming campaign.


While training camp is a necessary tool to get ready for the NFL regular season, it also comes with an injury risk. Although players try their best to avoid serious injuries, some occasionally fall victim to some pretty serious incidents.

Here are five players who have suffered a season-ending injury during training camp at some point in their careers.

#1 Ross Cockrell

Carolina Panthers CB Ross Cockrell

Ross Cockrell has bounced around the NFL throughout his career, playing for the Bills, Steelers, Giants, Panthers, and currently, the Buccaneers. He has recorded seven career interceptions and defended 52 passes.

Players surround Ross Cockrell, who’s suffered a left leg injury.

During his first year with the Carolina Panthers in 2018, Cockrell suffered a major injury to his left leg during training camp. He broke his fibula and tibia, forcing him to miss the entire 2018-19 NFL season.


#2 LeCharles Bentley

Cleveland Browns OL LeCharles Bentley

During his first four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, LeCharles Bentley was one of the best interior offensive linemen in the NFL. He finished in the top three in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting and followed that up with two Pro Bowl selections.


Bentley's lifelong dream came true during the 2006 offseason when he was signed by the Cleveland Browns, his hometown team that he grew up rooting for. However, he never made it into a game with the Browns after suffering a knee injury in training camp. He tragically developed a staph infection while recovering and never played another game.

#3 Jeremy Maclin

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin was consistently productive during his first four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He eclipsed 55 receptions and 750 receiving yards each year while totaling 26 touchdowns.


Maclin suffered a devastating knee injury during training camp prior to the start of the 2013-14 NFL season. His torn ACL kept him out for the entire year, but he miraculously returned the following season.

#4 Kelvin Benjamin

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin was excellent in his rookie year during the 2014-15 NFL season with the Carolina Panthers. He recorded 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns while establishing himself as a promising wide receiver prospect.

Benjamin suffered a torn ACL during training camp between his rookie year and second season in the league. This happened in an unusual way during a non-contact practice session. He only lasted three more seasons in the league after that and never again eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards as the injury likely derailed his career.

#5 Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater got off to a promising start to his career with the Minnesota Vikings. After a solid rookie year during the 2014-15 NFL season, he helped the Vikings reach the playoffs the following season while earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. He appeared to be well on his way to developing into a reliable starting quarterback, until disaster struck the following year.

In 2017, QB Teddy Bridgewater came in for Case Keenum to complete his comeback from a horrific knee injury while playing for the #Vikings

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His progress was halted when he suffered a brutal knee injury during NFL training camp ahead of the 2016/17 season. The incident knocked him out for more than a year and he has never been quite the same. He put up just a 16-19 record after the injury.

Edited by
Nicolaas Ackermann
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