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How Week 2 of the NFL will change the entire season

This past Sunday, the NFL experienced one of the most gruesome days in terms of injury in its 101-year history. Due to these injuries, the landscape of the NFL will be completely different in the weeks to come. Almost every team in the league had at least one player injured. Some of the most notable injured players will be included in a list at the end of the article.

Among the teams who lost players are the defending NFC champs, the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to losing their franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a high ankle sprain, they will also be without superstar defensive end Joey Bosa, who suffered a torn ACL. On top of these monumental loses, starting running back Raheem Mostert and backup running back Tevin Coleman both suffered knee injuries as well.

The 49ers beat the Jets in blowout fashion at MetLife stadium while losing these four notable players. They play at MetLife again next week against the Giants; however, the team has voiced concerns over the condition of the turf. After the game, Coach Kyle Shanahan stated, “I know that’s as many knee injuries and ankle stuff and people getting caught on the turf as I have ever been a part of…From what I saw, the other team did, too. I know our players talked about it the entire game, just how sticky the turf was… It was something our guys were concerned about right away, and the results definitely made that a lot stronger.” The NFLPA will be taking a look at the turf early this week.

One of the biggest names in football tore his ACL on Sunday. Superstar running back Saquon Barkley went down awkwardly against the Bears and was visibly writhing in pain. Anyone watching the game, or anyone who has seen the replay, feels terribly for Barkley, as he is one of the most likeable young players in the league who has the chance to have a Hall of Fame career. While Barkley is undeniably great, the best running back in football also went down on Sunday.

Christian McCaffery suffered a high ankle sprain on a touchdown run versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. “CMC” is undoubtedly the best running back in the league right now. There isn’t a team that relies on one player more than the Carolina Panthers rely on McCaffery. His recovery time has been estimated as four to six weeks, however in a postgame interview McCaffrey said, “They say four to six weeks. Well, that’s a challenge to me. And I’m going to attack it, like I attack anything else.”

The rest of the notable names can be seen in the list below. I wish all of these players a speedy recovery and I’m curious to see how this affects the current landscape of the league.

1. Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers

-Torn ACL

2. Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers

-Sprained MCL

3. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

– High ankle sprain


4. Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers

– Undisclosed knee injury

5. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

– Torn ACL

6. Christian McCaffery, RB, Carolina Panthers

– High ankle sprain


7. Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos

– Sprained AC Joint

8. Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

– Torn ACL

9. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

– Hamstring

10. Tavon Young, CB, Baltimore Ravens

– Knee

11. Malik Hooker, S, Indianapolis Colts

– Achilles tendon

12. Brandon Scherff, G, Washington Football Team

– Knee

13. Byron Jones, CB, Miami Dolphins

– Groin

14. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

– Chest

15. Anthony Barr, LB, Minnesota Vikings

– Shoulder

16. Brandon Linder, C, Jacksonville Jaguars

– Knee

17. Isaac Seumalo, G, Philadelphia Eagles

– Knee

18. Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts

– Knee

19. Kaleb McGary, OT, Atlanta Falcons

– Sprained MCL

20. Bruce Irvin, DE, Seattle Seahawks

– Knee

21. Joe Noteboom, G, Los Angeles Rams

– Calf

22. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

– Hamstring

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