With the Broncos @ Falcons left on the docket tonight, there were a number of significant injuries in week two:
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez suffered a high ankle sprain in their home-opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals when WR Julian Edelman was tackled after a 6-yard screen pass and Hernandez was blocking for him. Hernandez’ back was to the play so he never could see the danger. Fortunately, it isn’t broken, but the “high-ankle” sprain can sometimes take 6-8 weeks or more to heal and Hernandez was in obvious pain.
The Philadelphia Eagles won their second consecutive game by a single point, but paid a price for it against the Ravens yesterday. Center Jason Kelce and LT King Dunlap both left the game with injuries. Remember – Dunlap is already replacing LT Jason Peters, who is out for the year. WR Jeremy Maclin was injured as well, and Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports Kelce’s injury “seems the most serious.”
The Washington Redskins appear to have lost two of their best defensive players for some time. OLB Brian Orakpo and DE Adam Carriker were both knocked out of the Rams’ game, and The Washington Post reports that Carriker is scheduled to have knee surgery on the right knee. Orakpo re-injured the left pectoral muscle that he injured last year and needed surgery to repair then, but the extent of this injury is not known at this time.
The New York Giants lost RB Ahmad Bradshaw early in their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a neck injury. David Diehl, the left tackle, was lost with a knee injury. The seriousness of either one isn’t known yet.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert left the loss against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury. He was barely bumped after a throw, but had his leg planted in the turf when he was “hit.” It looked like one of those oddball injuries that happens every week, where the player wasn’t really touched much but these things happen. Gabbert didn’t hit the ground in pain, but was in discomfort immediately on the replay and got to the sideline under his own power. MRI results are expected later today.
In a strange move, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher took star RB Steven Jackson out of the game. No injury was evident, but after the game coach Fisher said he had a groin injury. This is a situation worth watching because it has undertones of internal strife. I don’t think Fisher would outright lie about something like this, but with no obvious limping or discomfort on Jackson’s part makes you wonder…especially in a tight game in your home opener?
The situation bears keeping an eye on.