The Biggest Injuries in the NFL After Week 1 (2016)


After Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season, injuries are the biggest story of opening weekend. Even more so than wins and losses or national anthem protests. American football is a combat sport. The sport causes injuries quicker than a degenerate gambler who skips out on a bookie. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski missing Week 1 was already confirmed. But with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center, the New England Patriots barely missed a beat.

After the Week 1 games in the NFL, the injury report has a lot more names. in San Diego Chargers’ wide receiver Keenan Allen, a top 20 wide receiver in Matthew Berry’s player rankings, went down and will be lost for the entire season. Allen tore his ACL in a non-contact move against the Kansas City Chiefs. You hate to see this happen again, as Allen seemingly can’t stay healthy enough to make a fantasy impact.


Key NFL Injuries Around the League

Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III hurt his shoulder during his game against the Philadephia Eagles. Tell me if you heard this story before, a dual-threat QB with a rocket arm and sprinter speed doesn’t know how to avoid big hits out of the pocket. RGIII couldn’t go one week without taking a huge hit during his game against the Eagles. As first reported by Adam Schefter, RGIII‘s shoulder injury is ‘potentially serious.’ He has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

The Houston Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a grade 2 MCL tear. But the good news is the injury won’t require surgery. Cushing could be to sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but we are not doctors. I only play one amongst friends and family.

My Fantasy Football Implications

In Atlanta, two Falcons wideouts Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu got nicked up. Fantasy football stud Jones was quoted saying he is ‘fine’ after aggravating his ankle injury against the Bucs. Sanu had a pronounced limp after the game. Since he was a double-digit fantasy point player, let’s hope it’s not serious. Full disclosure, Sanu is on my Fantasy Football roster, but we benched him this week. Stay tuned to our social media channel or the site for any late-breaking updates to the NFL injuries impacting Week 2 and beyond of the 2016 season.

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