The season hasn’t even begun and already we have witnessed great players go down before the games even matter. It seems like every day, during this year’s camp and preseason, we are informed about another player with a knee injury. Kelvin Benjamin first hit headlines as the Panthers' second year stud, ready for a breakout year, tore his ACL during practice. Just a few days later the sports world was informed of the Green Bay Packers' go-to man Jordy Nelson also tearing his ACL. You could imagine that these injuries to such high profile players would spark the debate about the purpose of the preseason. In these two cases the preseason isn’t to blame at all, in fact after reading reports and watching videos of the injuries, they actually occur on non-contact plays. Both players simply went to plant their feet into the ground. While planting they catch their knee at a weird angle, causing it to buckle. Some blame the apparent rise in ACL injuries to the new policies of heads up football in the NFL, a plan to eliminate helmet-to-helmet contact, and decrease the number of concussions per year. What has happened in result of these new rules are players going much lower to make a play. Going lower to make a hit does protect the players from brain damage, but in result these players hips, legs, and knees are receiving all of the impact. It is apparent during the games that players are going lower but are these hits actually causing injuries, or are the players injuring them through awkward cuts, and buckling on the turf? In 2009 there were 56 ACL or MCL injuries, 2011 there were 48, 56 again in 2012, and 57 in 2013. What seems to be a rising stat every year might be an over exaggeration of the facts. The number of these ACL and MLC injuries seems to be constant, and what might actually make these injuries seem more relevant is when a big star goes down. So when the next stud goes down, don’t blame the rule changes, he may just be one of the unlucky 57.