There have only been five weeks of football so far and we have seen many key injuries already.
Some injuries will definitely have a huge impact on their respective teams. Teams like the New York Giants, the Houston Texans, the Minnesota Vikings, the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons are a few that are heavily impacted by injuries.
Most recently, the Giants, have been hit with the unfortunate injury bug, starting with their star wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., who suffered a fractured ankle in the Oct. 8 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Late in the fourth quarter, Beckham injured his left ankle after the left leg was pinned beneath a defender as he was attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Eli Manning.
After being attended to by Giants medical staff, Beckham was carted off the field. He injured the same ankle in the preseason, which caused him to miss week one of the regular season. He is now ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Giants are already doing badly, starting the season 0-5 so I cannot imagine their season getting any better without their star. It is safe to say their playoff hopes are officially over this season.
Another blow to the Giants receiving corps decimated by injuries is Brandon Marshall. He was acquired during the offseason and has not had much of any impact so far. Now he too is out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
While attempting to come down with a Manning throw against the Chargers, Marshall landed awkwardly and appeared to injure his ankle. He was then carted to the locker room for further evaluation. He made a social media post on Monday notifying his followers that his season is over and he will be having surgery to repair the injury.
Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Swayne Harris also injured their ankles in the same game. Harris is ruled out for the season along with Beckham and Marshall. The Giants took a huge hit with most of their wide receivers gone.
The Texans took a huge hit when defensive end J.J. Watt suffered a left leg injury while trying to make a play in the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was carted off to the locker room and left the stadium in an ambulance.
Watt sustained a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, and will be out indefinitely. Later, the indefinitely part was adjusted to indicate that he will miss the rest of the season.
Along with Watt, Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. He too was injured in the game against the Chiefs.
During the Texans’ first defensive series, Mercilus left the game with a chest injury. The injury was more serious than first reported and was later revealed that he would miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
The Vikings took a big hit Oct. 5 when their running back Dalvin Cook suffered knee ligament tear, putting him out for the season. Minnesota will miss the offensive plays from Cook. Those plays showed up when he bounced on the outside to break off a big run and in the yards he was able to pick up after contact.
With Cook playing as well as he did early on, Latavius Murray didn’t see much action. He will definitely have to try to pick up the slack now that Cook is out. The Vikings will have to find someone who can replace Cook’s big-play ability.
The Atlanta Falcons had quite a few injured players but most will likely finish the season. One player is out for the season and that is defensive lineman Jack Crawford with a torn biceps.
Now that their bye week is over, the Falcons will be getting some of their injured players back. Players like Julio Jones, Vic Beasley Jr., Ricardo Allen, Courtney Upshaw and Ryan Schraeder were all back practicing this week. Mohamed Sanu was the only injured player not practicing.
Shaquita Newton is a sports blogger. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.