By Danny Webb, Staff Writer–
The 2020 NFL season is off to a troubling start as injuries have plagued teams and stars all across the league.
Week two in particular saw multiple teams lose big time playmakers from both sides of the ball. None however, more than the San Francisco 49ers. The ‘Niners lost defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Soloman Thomas from their star studded defense to apparent knee injuries.
As if the losses on that side of the ball weren’t enough, their starting quarterback, Jimmy Goropolo went down with an ankle sprain, and running back duo Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman were both knocked out with knee injuries.
The news only got worse post game for the ‘Niners as Bosa’s injury was confirmed to be a torn ACL which will end his 2020 season.
Several of the 49ers players and staff brought up concerns with the turf field that they played on in the New York Jets MetLife Stadium.
“As far as the feeling that was on the sidelines, I know that’s as many knee injuries and ankle stuff and people getting caught on the turf as I’ve ever been a part of.” 49ers Head Coach, Kyle Shannahan said.
The NFL Players Association backed the 49er’s concern and there will be a full review of the quality of the Jets turf field.
The injuries didn’t stop in New York, however. The Giants lost their star running back Saquon Barkley to an ACL tear of his own as they took on the Bears in the Windy City.
Barkley seems to be in good spirits however, as he took to Instagram Tuesday morning to say “Gonna be a hell of a story,” as he looks to bounce back and return even stronger.
New York wasn’t the only team to lose a young stellar tail back as Christian Mccffrey is set to miss multiple weeks for the Carolina Panthers after suffering an ankle injury Sunday afternoon.
Of all the offensive firepower that went down to injury this week, none may have been more troubling than the Denver Broncos as they lost both starting quarterback Drew Lock and leading receiver Courtland Sutton to shoulder and knee injuries respectively.
Pain and injuries have always been a part of the game of football and even at the highest level with the best doctors and the best equipment, not even the league’s toughest players can escape the injury bug all together. Though it’s inevitable, injuries are a dreaded part of the game for players, coaches, and fans alike.
Several players took to social media to share their support and condolences for the players who went down. Odell Beckham Jr. tweeted “My prayers are up for all of my brothers that went down today. May god place his healing hand of grace upon y’all! Hate to see it!”
Teams will look to regroup and get healthy as their seasons will move on with or without their star players.