As nice as it is to have actual football back, there is a downside: injuries. Injuries are unfortunately an unavoidable part of football, and teams really just try to get through training camp without having anything serious happen. Minor bumps and bruises are a given, but the main thing is to avoid season-ending type of injuries.
For the Detroit Lions, there was at least one notable injury on the first day of training camp. Rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy left practice after hurting his right thumb. The injury forced him to leave with a trainer, and although he later returned to the practice field, he didn't take part in the remaining activities.
According to Chris McCosky, Van Noy actually had a soft cast on his right hand by the end of practice. That's not exactly what you want to hear about the Lions' second-round pick, but Van Noy made it sound like the injury isn't necessarily a big deal.
Kyle Van Noy said he expects to practice tomorrow. Looks like a right hand or thumb injury. #Lions— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) July 28, 2014
Jim Caldwell indicated that Van Noy will be reevaluated on Tuesday. At that point, the Lions should get a better idea of the severity of the injury and if Van Noy will be able to practice. If there's any chance of doing further damage, I'm sure they will hold Van Noy out, but hopefully this will just be a minor thing that doesn't force him to miss much or any time.