Legendary USC WR Drake London faces injury right as preseason begins

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USC Football legend Drake London was having a great offseason this year up until just a few minutes ago. He was drafted No. 8 overall, and first among wide receivers in the 2002 NFL Draft. He had been impressing in camp. He had immediately put up a nice highlight on a 24-yard gain on his first preseason target:

That was his only target of the game, though, as he soon after had to leave due to a knee injury. He will not return. This is notable of course because his season last year at USC was cut short due to an ankle injury, and health was a concern for him in the draft. Luckily, though, the injury is not likely to be very serious.

It's important for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL not to go overboard with players' workloads in the preseason, and the players higher up on the depth chart typically don't play a ton in the first preseason game anyway. Ruling London out of the game could absolutely just be a smart, precautionary measure.

As long as he's healthy, former USC Football WR Drake London will tear up the NFL.

Drake London was amazing with USC football, and despite missing the last four and a half games of the year last season, he still put up 88 catches for 1,084 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. This was despite Graham Harrell being the Offensive Coordinator. In USC's worst year in history, London STILL found a way to develop into a top eight draft pick.

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It goes to show that as long as he can stay on the field, he'll be a great player in the league. While details haven't been released yet, it does appear that the injury can't be too serious. That's good news for Atlanta, because he and Kyle Pitts will be quite the dynamic duo in the wide receiver room as long as the two are on the field together.