NFL’s injury-riddled week two

Photo Courtesy|Paul Schwartz NYP Barkley’s 2020 season is over

There were bumps and bruises all across the league on Sunday

Week two of the NFL was full of injuries. Many teams around the league and fantasy football teams across the nation were struck with the injury bug. Increased injuries were one of the main concerns that came when the NFL announced there would be no preseason.

The New York football Giants lost star running back Saquon Barkley for the year to an ACL tear. Barkley has been the centerpiece of the Giants offense for the last two seasons. The hope for the Giants is that Daniel Jones continues to improve, and by the time Saquon is back the team will be ready to start competing for a playoff spot.

Carolina Panthers stud running back Christian McCaffrey suffered an ankle injury Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For now, it does not look like McCaffery’s injury is too serious, but given the running backs’ importance to the offense the Panthers will proceed with caution.

Another team stricken by injuries is the San Francisco 49ers. All-world pass rusher Nick Bosa got taken out of the game with an ACL Injury. Jimmy Garoppolo was also yanked from the game with an ankle injury. High ankle sprain’s typically take 4-6 weeks to heal, so Jimmy G could miss some time.

The 49ers also lost their starting running back Raheem Mostert. Mostert suffered an MCL sprain on Sunday against the Jets. So the 49ers were down George Kittle, Bosa, Garoppolo and Mostert but still beat the Jets 31-13.

Chargers had to do a quick swap after starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor said he was having chest problems before last Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.  The Chargers were forced to start the number six overall pick Justin Herbert.  In his first career start, Herbert went 22 for 33 with 311 yards with one TD and one interception.  The Chargers would eventually lose the game in overtime the final was 23-20.

Taylor’s injury also means NDSU alum Easton Stick is one injury to Herbert away from getting his first regular-season game action of his NFL career.

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