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Ryan Tannehill’s injury scare should remind us of the NFL’s fragility

There’s no structural damage to his knee.

NFL: Miami Dolphins-Training Camp Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Tannehill had the NFL world captivated for most of the day. The Miami Dolphins quarterback had to go to the locker room after taking a hit to his knee in training camp—the same knee that he had suffered an ACL injury to in December of last year.

Turns out the scare wasn’t that big of a deal: NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports Tannehill suffered no structural damage to his knee, which means he should be good to go—including for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10.

There is one but here, though: Tannehill’s scare and the spate of injuries across the league over the past few days should show us how fragile NFL teams and players are. Injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, and they can ruin seasons and even careers--especially when they happen to starting quarterbacks.

The Bucs have been pretty lucky so far this season. Jacquies Smith is the only player projected to make the 53-man roster who’s dealing with a significant injury right now, as he suffered a setback to his knee before the start of training camp. And that’s it: the Bucs have almost everyone else on the field.

If that keeps up, the Bucs have a very good chance of winning a lot of games. Teams that stay healthy win a lot more easily than those that don’t, obviously. Stay healthy, and you can play at full strength. So far so good.

At the same time, this could all change at any point. Injuries happen to everyone, and they can be catastrophic. That’s why depth is crucial. And, as we keep seeing, the Bucs have built a decent amount of that, too. They can survive a major injury to almost every position except for quarterback—but very few teams can survive quarterback injuries.

All in all, the Bucs are fragile, but not any more so than other teams. And so far, so good.