The good news is that Week 3 in the NFL didn’t see as many injuries as it did a week earlier. The bad news is that the league is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak that is disrupting the schedule. While the Tennessee Titans figure out what to do with its COVID-19 issues, almost all other teams in the league will have to push forward.
Injuries Still Haunting Jets
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder suffered a hamstring injury. The Jets have faced a spate of injuries over the course of the first three weeks of the 2020 season. However, it sounds like the team will have Crowder back on the field in time for the game against the Denver Broncos tomorrow.
The Jets could be down another man, as well, as wide receiver Breshad Perriman sustained an ankle injury. Here, the scenario is not that positive for the team, as Perriman did not participate in practice on Monday and Tuesday. It’s still uncertain if Perriman will come back this week.
The Bucs Are Down A Few Good Men
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin sustained a hamstring injury during the team’s game against the Denver Broncos. Both Godwin and Mike Evans are not having a good time in the season as they have not spent enough time on the field because of injuries, and the situation will most likely not change in Week 4. Because of the injury, Godwin had to undergo an MRI yesterday afternoon and his comeback is uncertain at this point.
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is dealing with a knee injury. Carson got injured in the game against the Dallas Cowboys, in which defender Trysten Hill rolled over him and seized his leg, twisting his knee. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced Carson is suffering a first-degree sprain and the team is expecting to see his recovery as soon as possible. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network stated that Carson might come back to play in Week 4; Hill, on the other hand, could be fined for his blatant foul.
Steelers Question Diontae Johnson’s Return
Wide receiver Diontae Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers is another on the injury list. He received a concussion in the first half of the game last Sunday, but he said on Twitter that same day that he is doing OK. He still needs to follow a protocol, so he can return to play this weekend.
On the other hand, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones pinched his groin in a game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Pelissero. The injury does not seem to be serious, an assertion backed by Patrick Mahomes, so he might be able to come in this weekend. The Chiefs are going to compete against the New England Patriots this Sunday, so they really hope to have Jones again to be fully ready for the game.
There are other injuries to be mentioned, as well, but the list is still shorter than it was last week. Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Damon Arnette sustained a thumb injury as he fell on the digit on Sunday. He could be out for six weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. In case his situation becomes worse, he might be put on injured reserve.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert sustained a minor fracture in his ankle that doesn’t require surgery, but he still might be out for a couple of weeks. The player also suffered a sprain and the Eagles are trying to determine how long he is going to be out of action.
The Washington Football Team stated that defensive tackle Matthew Ioannidis, with a bicep injury, was put on IR and moved veteran defensive end Nate Orchard to replace him. He will be out for at least a couple of weeks.
Injuries are always a part of football, but the number of starters getting hurt so early in the season is worrisome. With another 13 weeks remaining, some teams might be pulling in the backups of the backups if things don’t improve.