By John Sigler
Take a deep breath. Make some tea. Shoot some fireworks. Do whatever you need to relax and not stress over Marcus Davenport’s injury, because that’s what the New Orleans Saints are doing. They did the same thing last year with Marshon Lattimore, who missed almost two weeks of the 2017 training camp after a knee sprain.
Davenport has sat out most of his rookie training camp while working back from an early-July pulled groin muscle. These injuries are common in the NFL and the Saints are fortunate that it didn’t worsen into a sports hernia – which is exactly what would happen if New Orleans rushed Davenport back into action. A recent academic study found that NFL players who suffer a sports hernia and the resultant surgery saw their careers shortened:
Of the 56 NFL players identified, 53 of them were able to return to play (95% return to sport rate) with no significant difference in performance score pre- and post-surgery. However, players who had the surgery tended to play in the NFL for fewer seasons (3.8 versus 3.2 years) and fewer games in each season (14 versus 12 games) than players who did not have the...