Just like last year, this NFL season is getting off to a bad start with injuries. Teams across the league, after just two weeks, are dealing with significant losses that will change the course of their performances for a while. That couldn’t have been more evident yesterday, as the New Orleans Saints were completely overwhelmed by the Carolina Panthers. Not only are they dealing with multiple first-string injuries, but they’re also dealing with COVID-19 issues, and the problems were highlighted in the Saints’ 26-7 loss. Other teams are also going to feel the sting of injuries in NFL Week 3.
Giants Lose a Key Player
Getting Week 2 started, the New York Giants took on the Washington Football Team in a game that, at first, seemed like it would be a win for the Giants. However, when center Nate Gates went down with a fractured leg in the first quarter, everything changed. The Giants still almost won before losing 30-29, and they will now have to figure out how to play without their team captain. Gates is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
Diontae Johnson was supposed to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a deep run this year, but the wide receiver ran into trouble when his team took on the Las Vegas Raiders. He injured his knee on the last play of the game and initial indications are that he suffered an MCL sprain. He could be out from one week to eight, depending on the severity of the injury, and there’s an outside chance that he’s gone for the rest of the season. The Raiders won that game, 26-17.
Tag Tags Out for the Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa was just getting warmed up with the Miami Dolphins, but is now taking a little unanticipated breather. In yesterday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, the quarterback took a shot to the ribs and had to leave the field. His absence was felt, with the Bills annihilating the Fins 35-0, and Miami desperately wants him back. That will come down to how well Tag can play with bruised ribs.
The Houston Texans will face the Carolina Panthers this Thursday, but not with Tyrod Taylor. The QB came up limp in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and is likely out for the next two to three weeks. Whether this means Deshaun Watson gets a chance remains to be seen. He’s currently waiting to be investigated over alleged sexual misconduct, and that could lead to either a suspension or a quick exit from the NFL.
Taylor’s injury came while the Texans were losing to the Cleveland Browns. However, Houston wasn’t the only team to deal with injuries in that game. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry injured his knee and is undergoing an MRI. It could be an MCL sprain, so he could be out anywhere from one to eight weeks.
Rams Lose Henderson
The LA Rams are waiting for the results from the injury running back Darrell Henderson Jr. sustained yesterday in the game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was hit in the fourth quarter, leaving him with rib trouble. It’s unclear yet if he fractured any, which would keep him sidelined for a while, or if he just bruised a couple. If they’re just bruised, he might make it onto the field when the Rams face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend.
The Colts, who lost 27-24, reported that QB Carson Wentz suffered an ankle sprain in the second half of the game. However, the injury was on the same foot (right) that he already had surgery on previously. In addition, it was reported later that he suffered injuries to both ankles, not just one, and that has serious implications for his ability to stay on the field.
Niners Need Help
There’s something wrong with the San Francisco 49ers. They may have won their first two games, including yesterday’s contest against the Philadelphia Eagles, but there’s a sense of déjà vu that is reminiscent of last year. The Niners were constantly getting injured from the start of the season and are doing it once again. Yesterday, they lost three running backs – Elijah Mitchell exited due to a shoulder injury, JaMycal Hasty left due to an ankle injury and Trey Sermon suffered a concussion. San Fran has a safety problem that needs to be addressed.
The Tennessee Titans are probably (and silently) shopping around for an outside linebacker. Taylor Lewan injured his knee yesterday while warming up. While accidents can happen, the issue here is that Lewan tore the ACL in the same knee previously. The knee reportedly just gave out, which means he’s at risk for continued problems this season.