While the idea of taking a break from the long days and high temperatures that come with training camp would be appealing to many NFL veterans, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard is hoping full a full workload at every single practice.
Dennard has been plagued by injuries ever since the Bengals drafted him in the first round in 2014, with the majority of his maladies surfacing during training camp.
In three NFL seasons, Dennard has played three of a possible 12 preseason games. And one of those resulted in him suffering a hip injury on his only snap of the game in the second preseason game during his rookie season.
“That’s a lot of (missed) reps, especially for a young guy that really hasn’t had an opportunity to play in the NFL, a lot of reps that guys like myself need,” said Dennard, who missed the final three preseasons games in 2015 with a groin injury and sat out the entire 2016 preseason with an ankle sprain suffered in the first week of camp.
“I’m looking forward to this training camp, this preseason,” he added. “Of course (the injury history) runs through your mind, but I’ve done everything I know how to do. All I can do is pray, work hard and take care of my body.”
Dennard has mostly managed to avoid injury in the regular season, appearing in 39 of a possible 48 games. The lone exception was in 2015 when, while making his first NFL start, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
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