Week 2 of the NFL has been full of awesomeness and, unfortunately, no shortage of injuries. Excitement and fun are always part of every season, and yesterday was no exception. Amazing plays were present across the league, including some that had fans on the edge of their seats until the final second ticked off the clock.
However, an important number of injuries took place, and this could leave some guys out of the game for several weeks.
NFL Injuries Start To Mount
The San Francisco 49ers are a team with many talented players. In yesterday’s game, however, they lost four players against the New York Jets. One of the most important ones was QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who was sidelined due to a high-ankle sprain. Chances are that he won’t be available for the contest against the New York Giants. Other Niners out of the game were Nick Bosa with a torn ACL and running backs Raheem Mostert and Solomon Thomas with knee injuries.
San Francisco didn’t suffer all the bad news alone. The Jets lost wide receiver Breshad Perriman because of an ankle injury and offensive lineman Connor McGovern with a hamstring injury. Added to the list were cornerbacks Quincy Wilson and Arthur Maulet with a concussion and a groin injury, respectively.
The New York Giants are going to be really hurting if running back Saquon Barkley is down for the count, which is looking increasingly probable. He tore his ACL and won’t return for the season, leaving the Giants having to figure out what to do next. The team lost against the Chicago Bears yesterday, 17-13, and Barkley was meant to be a huge offensive force. The Giants are reportedly already looking for a replacement, and are said to be ready to give free agent Devonta Freeman the chance to prove himself in drills to see if he can make the cut.
The Pittsburgh Steelers succeeded in stopping a play by the Denver Broncos that almost saw them win. In terms of players, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger showed in the game what his fans were expecting from him; however, the game had taken a turn for the Broncos early in the first quarter when QB Drew Lock was ruled out of the game due to a shoulder injury. Backup QB Jeff Driskel tried to replace Lock and give Denver an advantage, but he couldn’t outsmart a solid and strong defense.
The Hits Keep Coming
The LA Rams are becoming a solid team and QB Jared Goff got 267 yards in the air against the Philadelphia Eagles, scoring three touchdowns as he led his team to victory. Nevertheless, Goff missed the help of running back Cam Akers, who was ruled out for the rest of the game after suffering an injury to his ribs on just the first drive of the game. In addition, left guard Joe Noteboom had to exit due to a calf injury and didn’t return.
There were plenty of other injuries, as well. The Carolina Panthers are now without running Christian McCaffrey, sidelined due to a hamstring injury, and is expected to miss several weeks, if not more. If the Panthers had a chance of mounting a comeback after getting off to a slow start, those hopes are now dashed.
The Miami Dolphins did everything they could to fight the Buffalo Bills late in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. The Dolphins lost cornerback Byron Jones due to a groin injury, but is expected to return soon.
The Indianapolis Colts are looking at how to make adjustments without wide receiver Parris Campbell. He was taken out during the team’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, suffering an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and his return at some point this season is questionable.
The Green Bay Packers are waiting to hear about wide receiver Davante Adams and his hamstring injury today. He was hurt while on the field against the Detroit Lions yesterday, making two the number of times he’s already been injured this season. This could present problems for the Packers, which need every receiver they can get.
The Baltimore Ravens are down a man after cornerback Tavon Young left the game yesterday due to a knee injury. He’s out for the entire season as a result, making it two-for-two. He missed last season because of a neck injury and has only played one game since signing on with the team before last season.
It Wasn’t All Bad
Stephen Gostkowski was not lucky at all in Week 1 as he missed two field goals and an extra point with the Tennessee Titans. He saved his reputation by putting up the winning field goal last week and redeemed himself again yesterday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. A 49-yard field goal with less than two minutes in the game gave the Titans the victory, 33-30.
Some believed that the Kansas City Chiefs were going to have an easy game against the LA Chargers, but it didn’t work out that way. It took Harrison Butker putting a 59-yard field goal through the uprights in overtime for the Chiefs to have their second victory of the season as QB Patrick Mahomes couldn’t do better than 302 passing yards.