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Week 1 Injury Carnage

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Week 1 in the NFL seemed to be littered with season ending injuries, and players that will miss significant playing time. I’m not sure that Week 1 was any worse than normal as I seem to remember that there was a spate of serious injuries last season too. By far the most serious is the spinal-cord injury suffered by Bills tight end Kevin Everett which has been described as “catastrophic” and life-threatening, Everett’s injury was caused in making a tackle on Denver kick returner Domenik Hixon.

Kevin Everett suffered a serious spinal injury

The prognosis for Everett seems to be improving as each day passes and it has been reported that he is able to wiggle his toes, bend his hip, move his ankles, elevate and kick his leg, as well as extend his elbows and slightly flex his biceps. Other NFL stars who have suffered spinal injuries have been quick to offer Everett and his family all the support he will need in his recouperation. I wish Everett all the luck in the world in his fight to recover.

The spate of serious injuries has brought home just how violent a game NFL is. Watching the coverage on the TV you become divorced from the physicality and the sheer brutality of 300lb men smashing into each other. What seems to be an innocuous collision on TV often ends in players being placed on IR.

It was a bad day all round for the Bills who also lost cornerback Jason Webster to a broken forearm, safety Ko Simpson, who had surgery for a broken left ankle, and linebacker Coy Wire has a sprained knee and is out indefinitely.

Heres a quick roundup of the injuries from week 1,


The Rams lost Pro Bowl Tackle Orlando Pace to a season ending shoulder injury. Pace tore the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder.


Chicago lost 2 players in the loss against the Chargers. Both safety Mike Brown and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek have torn ACL’s ad will miss the rest of the season. Its a tough break on Brown who has had 3 season ending injuries in the last 4 years.


Jon Jansen broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle during the game against the Dolphins.

QB Chad Pennington injured his right ankle whilst being sacked in the game against the Patriots. The New York Jets acknowledged that much, but they wouldn’t say how badly the quarterback is hurt or how long he will be sidelined. If he is sidelined it’s likely that Kellen Clemens will get a tough introduction to the NFL as the Jets are on the road at Baltimore.


The Giants suffered a number of injuries in the game against the Cowboys. Eli Manning has a bruised right shoulder, Brandon Jacobs sprained his right knee and Osi Umenyiora has also suffered a knee injury and is listed as day to day. Mannings injury seems to be the worst and could lead to Jared Lorenzon starting for the Giants against the Packers.

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard is expected to miss at least one game with a sprained knee ligament.

Nose tackle Jason Ferguson is out for the season after tearing his right biceps against the Giants.

Running back Chester Taylor suffered rib damage but is expected to play against Detroit.

Safety Yeremiah Bell will miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles’ tendon,


Cadillac Williams suffered bruised ribs in the game against the Seahawks and he could miss the game against the Saints on Sunday.

Cornerback Brian Kelly is questionable because of a groin strain.

Kicker Josh Scobee has a strained right quadriceps muscle and is likely to miss the next Jaguars game.

Starting linebacker Freddy Keiaho suffered a dislocated elbow against the Saints but is likely to be fit for the Colts next game against the Titans.

Houston have lost strong safety Jason Simmons, the second starter at the position to suffer a season-ending injury this year.

D.J. Hackett, who had just moved into the starting lineup at wide receiver, is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain.

Eddie Kennison is likely to miss the game against the Bears with an ankle strain.


Written by UK Bucs Fan

September 13, 2007 at 2:43 pm

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