Without a preseason or an off-season, 2020 has claimed a ton of victims due to injury. Week One had a few minor injuries but definitely not as many star studed injuries as Week Two. Week Two saw the likes of Nick Bosa, Sa’Quon Barkley, and CMC, but how injured are they and many others? Also who benefits and who are going to take a hit when it comes to production. Let’s break everything down by team!
- Malik Hooker -Ankle- The fear for Hooker is that he tore his achilles
- Paris Campbell -Knee- luckily it has already been debunked as an ACL injury but will for sure miss time
- Matthew Adams -Ankle- not much is known right now about Adams injury until an MRI later
Hooker’s injury definitely helps the third round draft pick Julian Blackmon show the team why they drafted him. With Parris Campbell out for an indefinite amount of time, this is Michael Pittman’s time to shine. Hope you drafted Pittman in your Dynasty Leagues like I did. Nothing really changes on the Adams injury since he is the backup to Leonard but that means that 3rd stringer and 6th round draft pick Jordan Glasgow needs to step up in a rotational position.
The person this hurts the most is Phillip Rivers. Rivers went into the season with many weapons to go to and they are slowly dissolving before his eyes which is very reminiscent to his time with the Chargers.
San Francisco 49ers
- Nick Bosa- Knee – More than likely Tore his ACL
- Jimmy Garoppolo- Ankle – right now this is being called a high ankle sprain
- Raheem Mostert- Knee – according to Ian Rapoport this is considered a MCL sprain
- Tevin Coleman- Knee – Nothing Publicized
- Solomon Thomas- Knee – Nothing Publicized
Boy oh Boy who does this actual help, cause it for sure doesn’t help the 49ers franchise. I would say the winner of the injuries would be Nick Mullens due to the O-line being still mostly intact, but the weapons around him are running thin. His biggest hope better be that Kittle comes back week 3 and the Mohammed Sanu returns to his 2015 Cincinnati Bengal form.
This is a blow to the 49ers who are already missing Deebo Samuel for a bit of time (likely another 2-3 weeks) with an injury sustained in camp and the 5 others that join him on the IR including Richard Sherman . Obviously when you hear KNEE injury a lot of fans and coaches fear the worse of ACL or MCL tears which usually surgery and out for the year, this is for sure the case for star Nick Bosa. The people that are hurt by this are the RB desperate fantasy owners.
Los Angeles Rams
- Cam Akers- Rib – whenever i hear Ribs, i think bruised ribs so i’d imagine Akers out for a week or 2
- Joe Noteboom- Calf – I’d imagine this being a cramp of sorts should be back next week
Honestly, the only reason the Rams are on here is because of Akers. If Akers does only have bruised ribs, then they really avoided a catastrophe. If Akers has broken ribs or muscle damage around the ribs then you are looking at multiple weeks off for him.
Los Angeles Chargers
- Tyrod Taylor- Chest – Apparently he was stabbed in the wrong spot by a team doctor when trying to give him pain killers
Well I think this is easy for me to say who this helps, JUSTIN HERBERT! He is still one of my most interesting prospects from the 2020 draft and he put up some decent numbers for his first start against the Chiefs.
Who does this hurt? Well the only one hurting after this is Anthony Lynn who is basically ignoring what his rookie did to claim Tyrod is still their starting QB. I get that this is the “right way” to go about the injury, but he has barely spoke about what Justin did on Sunday.
- Christian McCaffrey- Ankle – this was diagnosed as a High Ankle Sprain and was put on IR
The only people this injury really helps is the WR corp. You might be asking how does a RB injury help the WRs? Well with CMC out Bridgewater is pretty much needing throw to his WRs now. CMC has carried the Panthers Offense like a practice football for years now. Now that he is gone this is going to put a lot of pressure on Teddy.
This hurts a ton of people including Ruhle, Teddy, The Panthers, and fantasy owners (including me in 1 league). CMC isn’t known for getting injured which is why he cements himself as a sure top 3 pick. Unfortunately now if you didn’t draft a good RB in the 2nd round you may be screwed on RB choices right now. The others i already explained about, but Teddy has looked comfortable in the Ruhle’s scheme so we shall see!
New York Giants
- Saquon Barkley- Knee – it was diagnosed as a torn ACL
- Sterling Shepard- Toe – Turf Toe (gotta Love it) put on IR
What an opportunity for Golden Tate and Devonta Freeman to step up in their roles! Devonta denied a lot of contracts including ones from Philly and Seattle before landing in the Big Apple. On an up to $3 million contract, this could be a chance for him to show why he used to be a super strong RB for the Falcons. As for Tate, he is now in the WR2 spot instead of splitting it with Shepard. Tate has had issues with drops in key moments in the recent past but has been a fairly solid WR for New York.
This hurts mainly 2nd year QB Jones and Fantasy owners. With the same thing said as CMC, Saquon is a for sure top three pick in most fantasy leagues (especially dynasty). The one thing that is saving a lot of owners is Saquon’s injury history and they probably planned for something of the sort. As for Jones, he lost 2 big keys to this offense and why they were close to winning week one and two.
- Drew Lock- Shoulder – Set to miss 3-5 weeks
- Courtland Sutton- Knee – Torn ACL
- Dre’Mont Jones- Knee – out for 2-6 weeks
The man, the myth, the legend of BORTLES is now in Denver! Unfortunately he is going to have to compete with former Bengals backup Jeff Driskel for the starting spot following the Lock injury. Driskel showed promise in a tough game against Pittsburgh on Sunday and may have what it takes to get some wins with the bang up offense.
No Lindsey, no Sutton, No Bouye, No Lock, No Von: THIS TEAM IS BANGED UP. Granted, Phillip Lindsay is set to return soon along with Bouye, but they aren’t the star players on this team. That would go to Von Miller and Lock. Noah Fant, Melvin Gordan, and Rookies Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler they still have fire power, but for how long.
New York Jets
- Quincy Wilson- Concussion – currently in protocol and is Doubtful for week 3
- Breshad Perriman- Ankle – on a week to week basis
- Connor McGovern- Hamstring – IR
- Arthur Maulet- Groin – IR
- Chris Hogan- Ribs – has been cleared to return for week three
Sam Darnold cannot catch a break. Fortunately he gets at least one pass catcher back in Hogan. Still, a deficient offensive line losing a vital piece like McGovern could hinder this offense. The absence of Perriman continues to hamper Darnold’s play action passing.
The continued presence of Adam Gase means only one thing… this offense is going to be inept. By extension, everything associated with the offense is going to struggle.
Other Notable Injuries
- Jaguars- Brandon Lindor (Knee) and DJ Hayden (Concussion)
- Washington- Brandon Scherff (Knee)
- Kansas City- Frank Clark (illness) and Darrel Williams (Ankle)
- Ravens- Tavon Young (Knee) out for season
- Eagles- Isaac Seumalo (Knee)
- Bills- Dawson Knox (Concussion)
- Vikings- Anthony Barr (Shoulder) and Mike Boone (Concussion)
- Dolphins- Byron Jones (Groin)
- Packers- Davante Adams (Hamstring) and Corey Linsley (Hand)
- Falcons- Takk McKinley (Groin), Kaleb McGary (MCL Sprain), Foye Oluokun (Hamstring), and Ricardo Allen (Elbow)