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Wave of Injuries in the NFL this Season

By Matteo Herrera 

The National Football League (NFL) suffered major injury blows in their second week of the 2020 season. Numerous high-profile stars endured devastating injuries, some ending the season early for them. At least six players tore their ACL, the anterior cruciate ligaments. The rest have already been ruled out for games on week three. The teams affected by these injuries could be affected in the long run for competing for the Super Bowl. Some recognizable names joining Saquon Barkley on the sideline with an ACL injury are Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton, Nick Bosa from the San Francisco 49ers, and more. 

Recently, the Los Angeles Chargers lost their starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Their team doctor accidentally punctured his lung before the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Tyrod Taylor received a pain-killing injection to his cracked ribs, for now, Justin Herbert will be the starting quarterback until further changes. 

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers lost their starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, Pro Bowl defensive end Nick Bosa, running back Raheem Mostert, and others against the New York Jets. They ended the game with a victory, but with a high cost. Injuries had haunted the 49ers before the season began; this made the nightmare much worse as they watched Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, both are important to their defense. Both were carted off the field a couple of moments from each other and holding their left knee. MRI tests confirmed Bosa’s ACL injury; for Thomas, there is concern that it is serious. Their star quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, is suffering a high ankle sprain, star tight-end George Kittle is suffering an MCL sprain, both players looking to be a week-to-week injury. Running back Raheem Mostert is suffering a knee injury; he will be out for multiple weeks. The injury list is lengthy for the San Francisco team.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers lost their star player, Christian McCaffrey, to an ankle injury; he is expected to sit out for four to six weeks. A massive blow to Carolina having to play with a valuable player who put up more than 1,300 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards, with a total of 19 touchdowns for the season. 

New York Giants

The New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley took heavy blows throughout the whole game. He first sustained a left elbow injury, but still played through it. A couple plays later; he tore his ACL. On top of that, wide receiver Sterling Shepard sustained a toe injury and is ruled out for a couple of days. 

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts got their first injury in the first quarter of the game, with wide receiver Parris Campbell being carted off the field after suffering an MCL injury, a tear to the medial collateral ligament. The Colts already stated Campbell as a low chance of returning for the season. They also lost safety Malik Hooker to an Achilles injury during the game, but he also suffered a torn ACL, he will miss the rest of the season. 

Green Bay Packers

In Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers lost their star receiver, Devante Adams, to a hamstring injury. 

Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams rookie running back Cam Akers injured his ribs due to a massive hit against the Eagles. He is being reevaluated for any other injuries. 

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock sustained a right shoulder injury with 7:42 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Denver’s number one wide receiver Courtland Sutton tore his knee up and is out for the year to make things worse. 

Miami Dolphins

Bringing it down to Miami, the Dolphin’s cornerback Byron Jones suffered a groin injury playing against the Bills; he is doubtful to play in week three.

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have been trying hard to bring back their linebacker Anthony Barr, yet he suffered from a shoulder injury. He is suffering from a torn pectoral and is already ruled out for the season. Mike Boone, their running back, was diagnosed with a concussion and is ruled out for week three. 

New York Jets

The New York Jets already ruled out their receiver Breshad Perriman due to an ankle injury; the injury is considered week-to-week. 

Seattle Seahawks 

The Seattle Seahawks only have one injury so far, but devastating with star linebacker Bruce Irvin tearing his ACL and is out for the season. 

Washington Football Team

The newly named Washington Football Team lost their guard Brandon Scherff to an MCL sprain, and he is out for 3-5 weeks. 

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles recently revealed their starting left guard, Issac Seumalo, is missing some time with a knee injury, but it is only for a short time.

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