All 32 NFL teams are playing their pre-season finales tonight. Most teams are resting their key players, or giving them limited playing time, but several key players have limped and hobbled off the field tonight.
Denver Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris, who missed half of the 2009 season with a broken right toe that kept him out of the team’s OTAs and mini-camps, injured his left ankle on a running play. Harris was replaced at right tackle with second-round pick Zane Beadle.
Cleveland Browns second-round running back Montario Hardesty, who missed most of training camp with a bone bruise to his right knee, left tonight’s game with a left knee injury. Hardesty had several knee operations during his college career at Tennessee, including on the ACL in his right knee.
The two injuries with the most potential impact involve Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich and Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long.
According to Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Leftwich injured a knee (which one is not determined) and was taken to the hospital for an MRI.
Long limped off the field after Chad Henne was sacked and fumbled, and trainers were looking at his left knee.