Posted by: mdegeorge | September 14, 2010

Welcome to the Week 1 infirmary

If you’re looking for a theme from Week 1, look no further than trainer’s rooms the league over, which seem to be as much of a Tuesday morning focus as any tape breakdowns.

Teams that emerged unscathed from Week 1 were more often the exception than the norm. There weren’t any injuries of the profile of Tom Brady’s ravaged knee in the opener two years ago, but in terms of sheer volume, this week’s injury list is staggering.

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Just take a gander at this compilation of pain from the weekend:

Philadelphia Eagles– Certainly the most banged up team with uncertainty over the duration of absence for concussed quarterback Kevin Kolb and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (the latter of whom missed all of last season with a knee injury that led to myriad struggles for the unit). They also lost All-Pro fullback Leonard Weaver to a catastrophic—and Willis McGahee-esqe—knee injury and starting center Jamaal Jackson for the season.

Dallas Cowboys– the suddenly brittle DeMarcus Ware to a late neck injury

Carolina Panthers– starting quarterback Matt Moore who left dazed after an Osi Umenyiora hit

Detroit Lions– starter Matthew Stafford with a separated throwing shoulder, along with cornerback Aaron BerryNew York Giants– starting tight end Kevin Boss for an extended spell with head and neck issues, as well as special teams maven Chase Blackburn

Pittsburgh Steelers– starters Casey Hampton and Max Starks

Indianapolis Colts– perennially banged-up Anthony Gonzalez

New York Jets– defensive tackle Kris Jenkins

Arizona Cardinals– wideout Early Doucet

St. Louis Rams– linebacker Chris Chamberlain

San Francisco 49ers– wide receiver Ted Ginn

Buffalo Bills– the ultra-fragile Paul Posluszny

Miami Dolphins– first-rounder Jared Odrick

Chicago Bears– defenders Nick Roach and Hunter Hillenmeyer

I know injuries are part of the game which is hardly something new. But we’re taking about three starting quarterbacks, two of whom could miss significant time, all from week one games.

It calls into question teams’ preparations for the season. Everyone seems to think the current preseason setup puts too much of a demand on the players, risking injuries in meaningless games. But it appears as though too many players are unprepared for game speed once the season opens. Or perhaps the reverse is true: that the demands of the preseason are sending tired players into Week 1, making them more susceptible to injuries.

One way of the other, this week’s glut of injuries will be part of someone’s (not my) convincing argument over portions of the schedule that should be changed.



  1. Welcome to the Week 1 infirmary…

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