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Derrick Johnson

Injuries heat up preseason debate: How many games are needed to prepare NFL teams?

The second NFL preseason game cost the Pittsburgh Steelers their center, Maurkice Pouncey. The same game cost the Green Bay Packers lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Pouncey is out for the year because of a broken ankle that may need surgery. Nelson, the former Kansas State star, is out because of what appears to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. If that's the case, he's out for the season. Two of the premiere players at their positions are done before the regular season kicks off. In between those injuries, the Carolina Panthers lost promising wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a season-ending ACL injury in a practice. Cue the criticism. "It's...