"Injury prone" is a stereotype every NFL player strives to avoid, but the fact is, some players are just less durable than others.
An even more unlucky select group of these injury-prone players will not have the luxury of putting their feet up during training camp this year. Not only will these guys enter camp nursing injuries, but they're in situations where they have to play hard for one reason or another—which means they're facing a high risk of further injury.
Here are three guys who should bring their rabbit's feet and four-leaf clovers along to training camp.
New York Jets safety LaRon Landry has had a perilous career in the injury department.
The former Washington Redskin only missed one game during the first three years of his NFL career, but he got off to a slow start in the NFL. In 2009, critics were questioning whether the 2007 No. 6 overall draft pick might be a bust.
In 2010, Landry got his act together, posting a big season and re-entering the discussion as a major player. However, that season was cut short when he strained his Achilles, and the stud safety missed seven games.
Last season, Landry played just half of the regular-season games because his Achilles tendon flared up again despite offseason therapy.
Landry's injuries made him a risky investment for teams looking to pick up the free agent this offseason, but the New York Jets took that risk, signing Landry to a one-year deal.
Now Landry is saddled with a delicate problem. He needs to prove himself this offseason and get enough playing time during the season to make an argument for a long-term deal, but he also needs to heal. If he pushes himself too hard during training camp, he could re-aggravate the same old injury.
Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones has completed just one season in his four-year career in which he played all 16 regular-season games.
Jones suffered a sprained left knee in 2009 and, to the dismay of many fantasy football fans, was plagued by a separated shoulder and high ankle sprain early into the season last year.
The should-be-feature back is entering the final year of his five-year deal, and he must debunk the perception that he is injury prone if he wants to ink a long-term deal next offseason.
However, there is one slight chink in the armor for Jones: DeMarco Murray, who is headed into his second season in the NFL, is primed to take over as the Cowboys' next big thing in the backfield.
The Cowboys are carefully considering who will be leaned on most next season, and many of their decisions will be made during training camp.
Jones will have to push himself this summer if he wants to edge out Murray for the honor of claiming much of the backfield workload, but pushing himself could equal disaster for Jones' long-term contract hopes if he's accidentally sidelined with injury in the process.
In his ESPN photo, Matt Schaub kind of looks like the kid in high school who might sneeze the wrong way and somehow wind up injured enough to miss gym for the rest of the semester.
Well, Schaub is sort of the NFL version of that.
The Houston Texans quarterback has sustained every injury in the book. In his first season as a starter, he missed five games due to a hip injury, a concussion and a dislocated shoulder.
He actually topped FOX Sports' list of most injury-prone quarterbacks last summer, despite having played all 16 games for two years in a row.
The 2012 season sees Schaub in the final year of a six-year contract, which means he'll need to play with a chip on his shoulder despite the hitch in his step if he wants to ink another long-term deal with Houston.
According to reports, Schaub is not in talks with the Texans about a long-term deal, which may mean he needs to conjure up a convincing performance this season.
That, of course, hinges on an injury-proof training camp, which may be difficult given the urgency of his situation.
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