9 Worst NFL Injuries So Far in 2014
Every season, the football Gods decide to shake things up a little (or a lot) by inflicting injuries seemingly at random to make sure no team or fan base gets TOO comfortable. And while a lot of factors go into who makes it out into the playoffs in a couple months, it’s safe to say that injuries never help a team’s cause. Last night, Carson Palmer went to the ground with what many expect to be a season-ending knee injury. With that, the Cardinals’ fate, gets tossed up in the air, dependent on backup Drew Stanton. Here are the 9 most debilitating NFL injuries so far in 2014.
While Bruce Ellington might not be the heart and soul of the 49ers offense, he is an important piece on special teams, and as a third receiver. So losing him to what’s likely a fractured ankle is just one more piece of bad news San Francisco was hoping they could do without. Such is the life of a punt returner, perhaps the scariest position on the field.
9. Bruce Ellington
While the Romo injury sustained a couple weeks back was ominous when it was first reported (TWO fractures in his back?), it’s looking like he’s going to find his way out of it. Yesterday, the Boys, helmed by Romo, found a decisive over Jacksonville. But the Romo injury did send the Cowboys into the abyss for the previous two games, leaving fans to wonder if the league-leading record was just a fluke or abnormality. It’s still unsure, but it’s looking like a now-healthy Romo will be around to determine for sure.
8. Tony Romo
While a wide receiver can’t quite dominate a game the way a QB or running back can, there are a handful that are so dominant that they make the other team change the way they play. Megatron is one such wideout. Johnson has been nursing an ankle injury the past three games, and was used very sparingly in the games leading up to those. Detroit is proving a bit more resilient than people thought, but they’ll need every weapon at their disposal, so they must be thanking their lucky stars that they get Johnson back this week.
7. Calvin Johnson
Oh, Robert Griffin. The promising young QB has seemingly been plagued by injury year after year, and this season, it was a dislocated ankle. Ouch. It was considered likely that Griffin will miss the entirety of the season, but now he’s appeared in last week’s game and…the jury’s still out on a) whether RGIII has the stuff any more, and b) even if he does have the stuff, is he healthy enough to use it? It’s not looking good as he’s been pummeled with sacks in recent games.
Nick Foles is out with a broken collarbone, and that has afforded a former college star the ability to step up and show that they’re still pertinent on the highest level of football. Mark Sanchez will be getting the call to helm the tapering Eagles, who established one of the NFL’s best records out of the gate. We don’t know exactly what the prognosis is for Foles, but we know it’s a fractured clavicle, and that’s something you can’t just bandage up and play around. Aaron Rodgers had a similar issue last season and was out 8 weeks. Hope Sanchez is making himself comfortable.
5. Nick Foles
The Miami Dolphins aren’t sitting atop anyone’s power rankings, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer from injury as badly as anyone else. And they got a doozy for Branden Albert. Their best offensive player, left tackle Branden Albert, is out for the season, likely, having torn his ACL and MCL. All this came from a heartbreaking loss to the Lions. They may not have been destined for the playoffs, but this could affect them far beyond that.
4. Branden Albert
Ryans has suffered an Achilles injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely, leaving their defense with as big a hole in it as their offense has (see above). It won’t be possible to completely replace Ryans, obviously, but they’re going to take a stab by platooning defensive players in his spot. It likely will leave them wanting, but that’s probably their fate until Ryans heals.
3. Demeco Ryans
Arian Foster has proven to be the saving grace of the Texans, who haven’t yet found a QB they’re comfortable with. So when he was forced to leave the Eagles game, which resulted in a loss, it had Texans fans hoping for the best. The good news is that they’ve got a bye week before facing Cleveland. The bad news is, if Foster isn’t “probable” the Texans are totally hosed.
2. Arian Foster
As we just mentioned, this one comes to mind not just because it’s the most recent, but because it has the biggest impact. Not only was Carson Palmer experiencing one of the best seasons of his up-and-down career, but the Cards had just signed him to a $50 million extension. Later that week, it looks like he’s out of commission. He picked a good time to do it. The ole' MCL and ACL injuries are the kiss of death, and it can't happen to anyone worse than a starting QB.