As the NFL season reaches the halfway point, the number of injuries are beginning to mount up. With some players returning to the field for the next game and some out for the season indefinitely, the first half of the 2019 season has been far from boring.
Fans, rivals and betting enthusiasts have been kept on their toes with a number of the NFL's best falling victim to injury, in an instant changing everything from the anticipated results to prelisted NFL betting odds. In this article, we will be looking into the NFL 2019 season thus far, its top injuries and their aftermath.
Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans
After making the play of the year this past Sunday against the raiders, the victory was short-lived for this star play as he was kicked in the head by their defence. With an injury to the eye as a result, very little slowed the star player down as he was able to play in full in their latest game against the Jacksonville Jaguars leading his team to a victory of 26-3 this past weekend despite his previous injury.
Malcolm Butler- Tennessee Titans
Suffering a broken wrist before half time against the Carolina Panthers, cornerback Malcolm Butler is attending a meeting with surgeons in Nashville to assess the damage and work on recovery time. This means that he is out of action for the foreseeable future as they begin to strap together his wrist. However, many fans expect him to return in full to the sport within 6 weeks to continue to bring a number of victories for his team. Through a vast majority of this is speculation at this point, many are excited to see him return to the field very soon.
Carl Nassib and Carlton Davis - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With both their line-backer and their cornerback being ruled out against the Seahawks this past week, many are questioning how the Tamp Bay Buccaneers will begin to bounce back. Though Nassib is set to return this week with the injury beginning to heal, the jury is still out on whether or not Carlton Davis will be able to return.
With a major hip injury endured during the game against Seattle on Sunday, this continues to be a big blow to the secondary as the team are now beginning to lose a number of players due to unforeseen injuries. Though he was forced out in the first quarter the cornerback remains strong with Jamel Dean taking over for him during the injury period.
Mason Randolph - Pittsburgh Steelers
By far one of the worst injuries that the season has seen is the deadly knockout of Mason Rudolph. Though there was no foul play involved on the side of the Ravens, the quarterback remained knocked unconscious for 4 minutes before walking off of the field. Due to the nature of his injuries, he was then placed under concussion protocol for 1 week to monitor progress. Following an examination be NFL medics he went to the hospital for further examination.
When asked about the nature of his tackle, Earl Thomas had this to say:
" I didn't intentionally try to hurt him. I'm worried about him. I heard he's in hospital."
Though there was a vast amount of speculation surrounding the nature of the tackle, this was one of the most shocking injuries of the season so far. Regardless of whether you are a fan of the NFL or not, there is no denying that head injuries are becoming a common issue that needs to be addressed.
Sam Darnold - New York Jets
The New York Jets have had a rough time this season with a number of their players out for injury. However, one of the biggest losses for the team is quarterback Sam Darnold who is out indefinitely with Mononucleosis. Though there were precautions taken to ensure that no other team members were infected with this disease, their star player is out for the foreseeable future until he is completely cured. This is, therefore, damaging for the team as they are running a man down for the remainder of the season.
As the season continues to unfold, we are set to see some amazing gameplay as well as some more tragic injuries to a number of the NFL's best players. But who is set to win the season? Only time will tell as to who will come out on top. Stay tuned!