NFL Comebacks and Injuries: What to Watch in Preseason


As the sweltering days of summer stretch, sports enthusiasts across the United States have been treated to a whirlwind of exhilarating events and stories that have kept them on the edge of their seats. From the triumphant returns of beloved athletes to the strategic moves in professional leagues, the past week in sports has been spectacular. In this SportShare Spotlight, we delve into the top stories from August 6 to 12, 2023, focusing on the NFL and its captivating moments.

Sportshare Spotlight: NFL NEWS

1. Damar Hamlin plays in his first NFL game since cardiac arrest


Buffalo Bills standout Damar Hamlin made a triumphant return to the NFL field during the team’s preseason clash against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday, his first appearance since a harrowing cardiac arrest incident in January. The 25-year-old safety, welcomed by enthusiastic Bills fans at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, played a pivotal role in both special teams and defense, notching three tackles, including a crucial fourth-down stop that led to a turnover on downs. Hamlin’s resilient journey back to the gridiron after collapsing due to commotio cordis during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals has been inspiring. Fully cleared to play in April after thorough evaluations by specialists, Hamlin’s unwavering determination shines as he continues to overcome challenges and mark significant milestones in his remarkable NFL comeback.

2. Ravens extend preseason streak despite sluggish first half against Eagles


In the much-anticipated preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, the Philadelphia Eagles strategically opted to rest their starters, including key players like Jalen Hurts, Jason Kelce, Haason Reddick, and top receivers A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, and Quez Watkins. Despite missing these prominent names, the Eagles seized an opportunity to break the Ravens’ NFL-record 23-game preseason winning streak. Notably, rookie cornerback Eli Ricks became the game’s hero, intercepting Anthony Brown’s pass and returning it 31 yards for a touchdown, narrowing the gap to seven points in the fourth quarter. Though Philadelphia attempted a two-point conversion to take the lead, it was unsuccessful, ultimately resulting in a narrow 20-19 loss against the Ravens. The game also showcased the potential of rookies, with first-round pick Jalen Carter making a solid defensive play and rookie quarterback Tanner McKee leading the Eagles on their only touchdown drive. However, some defensive lapses, an injury to special teams standout Shaun Bradley, and a missed two-point conversion dampened Philadelphia’s efforts. The Ravens, resting their starters too, managed to secure their streak with a blend of defensive prowess and offensive flair, including a 60-yard field goal by Justin Tucker and a touchdown pass from Tyler Huntley. Eagles coach Nick Sirianni’s decision to rest starters in favor of joint practices with the Cleveland Browns highlighted the value of controlled practice settings over the preseason game for building cohesion and minimizing injury risks among key players.

3. Kevin Harvick reveals the injury he suffered earlier this summer


NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick disclosed on Saturday that he endured a setback earlier this summer, suffering “busted ribs” due to a fall down a staircase during a trip to Italy with his son Keelan, who was participating in go-kart races there. Despite the injury, Harvick persevered through challenging Cup races at Nashville and Chicago in the ensuing weekends, gradually healing in time for the Atlanta race. Amid a winless season, Harvick still has the opportunity to secure a playoff spot after Sunday’s Cup race, reflecting on the tumultuous year and acknowledging the team’s determination to contend despite ups and downs, including the adversity of injury recovery. With an eye on his final full-time Cup season, Harvick expressed his dissatisfaction with the race moving to the oval in the future, maintaining that he wouldn’t return next year if the event adheres to this change while also recognizing his successes on the Indy oval throughout his career.


World Cup Semifinals Schedule

Tuesday, August 15

Game 61: Spain vs. Sweden (Eden Park, Auckland, at 4 a.m.)

Wednesday, August 16

Game 62: Australia vs. England (Stadium Australia, Sydney at 6 a.m.)

World Cup Third Place Match:

Saturday, August 19

Game 63: Losers of 61 vs. Losers of 62 (Lang Park, Brisbane at 4 a.m.)

FIBA: Team USA exhibition schedule

Friday, August 18

Team USA vs. Greece, 12 p.m., FS1, fubo (try for free)

Sunday, August 20

Team USA vs. Germany, 12 p.m., Fox, fubo (try for free)

 ***all times eastern

In conclusion, the previous week was marked by a tapestry of NFL stories that captured the nation’s attention and ignited the spirit of competition. These events show how the NFL transcends entertainment, teaching us lessons about determination, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence. As we celebrate these achievements, let’s also recognize the vital role that companies like Sportshare play in equipping athletes with the tools they need to succeed on and off the field. With a shared passion for the NFL, athletes and companies like Sportshare contribute to the vibrant tapestry of the NFL world that captivates us all.