NFL: Five injuries that ruined the promise of a season

When a player goes down with an injury in the NFL, their teammates and organization hold their breath. However, when the star player on the team goes down the entire kingdom of that team takes a collective gasp. When a team loses a star for a long period of time it can change the dynamics. A promising season can go into the depths of hell with one single injury. Here we look at five teams that have suffered an injury to their star and how it has affected their season.

  1. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall – New York Giants

The Giants may not have been a good football team prior to this injury. Nonetheless, on one given day the blue team from New York lost its top two WRs in one day. Now many are talking about the Giants in terms of a top 5 draft team. Their offense, while having its moments has suffered from the loss of these two pass-catching stars. There is no true downfield threat. This has taken the Giants from the brink of a possible Super Bowl to thinking of rebuilding in 2018.

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts

While the injury to Andrew Luck did not happen this season, it has truly changed the dynamic of this team. What was once a promising young team looking to make noise in the AFC is now looking at the possibilities of a new QB in 2018. They made a trade for Jacoby Brissett to start the season. Could he be the heir apparent to Luck? What will happen in the offseason? We will see the answers to that question soon enough.

  1. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins

Many were talking up the Dolphins around the NFL as a promising team in August. Tannehill was ready to take the next step. Gase is one of the best up and coming, young head coaches. Then on a gloomy day in August that all went to hell in a handbasket. Tannehill tears his ACL on a non-contact injury and the downfall began.

The team brings in QB Jay Cutler, out of retirement. However, that has failed. Yes, the Dolphins are .500 (4-4). But even so, that record is not as promising as it seems. The Dolphins face challenges elsewhere that could continue to derail a promising season.

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers

When you have someone the caliber of Aaron Rodgers playing on your team you rarely think of the injury concern. Sometimes a team will sacrifice talent behind the star for a position of need. That has happened in Green Bay.

Rodgers is arguably the best QB in the NFL. His injury has left the Packers with Brett Hundley in charge of the team. Hundley had promise coming out of UCLA. Yet, the Packers struggling. Hundley is having issues and the Packers are diving right in front of our eyes.

  1. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans

The Deshaun Watson era in the NFL started earlier than the Houston Texans wanted it to. During the preseason, the team announced that Tom Savage would be the starter to open the season. He literally lasted one-half of opening day. Watson came in and led a valiant effort to bring the Texans back. Unfortunately, the deficit was too large.

What Watson has done since has been outstanding. So much so that you forget he is just in his rookie year. Then the worst thing happened. Similar to Ryan Tannehill, Watson suffered a torn ACL in a non-contact drill. The team had to turn back to Savage. A once first place team is now looking at a struggle to make the playoffs.

Although they say that football is a team sport it is tough when the star goes down. Many use the moniker of “Next Man Up!” Yet, when the talent level of the next man is a significant drop-off the team suffers. These fives NFL teams are evidence as such.

Is your team suffering from the injury bug? Have you lost a star player? What was your reaction? Please feel free to leave a comment.

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