By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
We all knew there was a chance we would lose players early in the season. Most of us just thought it would be due to COVID-19, but it looks like we picked the wrong culprit.
There is only one phrase that can describe Week 2 in the NFL. Season altering injuries. In all of my years covering the NFL, I’ve never seen a week like Week 2. Injury after injury, all day long. Injuries that will undoubtedly change the course of the season for many teams.
Questions have arisen about the shortened offseason training programs. Others about the lack of preseason games. Everyone is looking for a reason that in one week the NFL lost so many stars. Whatever that reason may be, it won’t help get the players back. Let’s take a look at the carnage that was Week 2.
The San Francisco 49ers were one of the hardest-hit teams this week. During their game against the New York Jets, the 49ers lost four starters, including quarterback Jimmy Garappolo and star pass rushers Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas who were both carted off the field. While the team did pull out a huge win, the repercussions will be felt for weeks.
While San Francisco has some depth to possibly replace their lost starters, the New York Giants aren’t as lucky. Without question the biggest name to go down this weekend was the face of the Giants franchise, running back Saquon Barkley. There will be no way to replace him as he is truly irreplaceable.
Also irreplaceable is Carolina Panther RB Christian McCaffrey. He has a high ankle sprain so hopefully, he will return to play in 3-6 weeks.
Here is just a partial list of notable injuries from Week 2.
Saquon Barkley, NY Giants (ACL)
Sterling Shepard, NY Giants (Toe)
Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts (MCL)
Malik Hooker, Indianapolis Colts (Achilles)
Nick Bosa, SF 49ers (ACL)
Solomon Thomas, SF 49ers (ACL)
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF 49ers (Ankle)
Raheem Mostert, SF 49ers (Knee)
Tevin Coleman, SF 49ers (Knee)
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (Hamstring)
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (Ankle)
Darrel Williams, KC Chiefs (Ankle)
Tavon Young, Baltimore Ravens (Knee)
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (Shoulder)
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (ACL)
Dre’Mont Jones, Denver Broncos (Knee)
Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks (ACL)
Marquise Blair, Seattle Seahawks (ACL)
Brandon Scherff, Washington (MCL)
Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings (Torn pectoral)
Byron Jones, Miami Dolphins (Groin)
Isaac Seumalo, Philadelphia Eagles (Knee)
Cam Akers, LA Rams (Ribs)
Breshad Perriman, NY Jets (Ankle)
Connor McGovern, NY Jets (Hamstring)
Brandon Linder, Jacksonville Jaguars (Knee)
This is the shortlist, and the majority listed above are season-ending. This list doesn’t include the multiple concussions, groin, hand, and other injuries that occurred during Week 2, which will leave players unable to play for weeks at a time.
Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, stated that his team was looking into why there were so many injuries, believing that the lack of a full offseason and preseason could be part of the problem. San Francisco HC Kyle Shannahan has questioned the turf at MetLife Stadium in New York, saying it was “sticky”. Whatever the reason for all the injuries, we can hope the injury bug has been satisfied and we won’t see another one like Week 2 again.
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