Another one bites the dust … It was reported today that Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson suffered a Torn-ACL in a non-contact play in their practice today. Watson is just another named added to a long list of big name players who have been placed on IR. The list includes offensive players, defensive players and even KICKERS!
Lets take a look at some of the big name players who are possibly done for the year:
- Deshaun Watson (ACL)
- J.J. Watt (Leg)
- Andrew Luck (Shoulder)
- Aaron Rodgers (Collarbone)
- Odell Beckham (Ankle)
- David Johnson (Wrist)
- Carson Palmer (Arm)
- Dalvin Cook (ACL)
- Joe Thomas (Triceps)
- Allen Robinson (ACL)
- Eric Berry (Achilles)
- Ryan Tannehill (ACL)
- Julian Edelman (ACL)
- Sebastian Janikowski (Back, Possible Return)
- Darren Sproles (Arm)
- Cliff Avril (Neck)
- Dustin Hopkins (Hip, Possible Return)
Never mind an injury list, this looks like a possible All-Pro team. It is sad to see all these superstars go down for the year, especially this early in the season. We are just hitting the halfway point in the year. The scary part is that this list can continue to grow.
Not only do injuries hurt the teams, but they hurt the NFL as a whole. Obviously when guys like Aaron Rodgers go down for the year it is going to hurt the team significantly. However, do Packers fans now start to fade away from watching games? When superstar players go down, does it effect the NFL as a business? Ratings are already down for the year, but they may continue to dip. As the injuries continue to pile up, and basketball and hockey season are just beginning, the NFL should be concerned that they may lose viewers. When big market teams lose star players their fans may fade away as the team starts to lose games.
How does the NFL fix this problem? That is the million dollar question. Injuries are bound to happen in a sport that is all about contact. Players are going down with injuries without even being touched. The NFL is already looking out for player safety with the targeting flags, roughing the passer calls increasing, and the concussion protocol being more intense. What else can they do? They cannot go to rough touch or flag football. That would just ruin the game as a whole. No one would watch.
I mentioned other problems the league is already facing in a recent article I wrote, and you can now add this to that list of problems. The NFL is beginning to struggle and something is going to have to change. Views are down, injuries are up and things do not seem well. What is going to change? What is Roger Goodell going to do? Time will tell, but I can promise you this: Change is coming.