NFL

Five clubs left counting the cost of starting quarterback injury

September 23, 2021

The Texans have lost Tyrod Taylor for a number of weeks, while Miami, Indianapolis, Chicago and Pittsburgh hope for better news, writes Gergelics József.

It’s common in the NFL for players to get injured every week, even the biggest stars, but in the Week 2, quarterbacks seemed to be on the end of some particular bad luck, and their loss will have a profound impact on their teams’ success and expected performance.

That’s why many teams were worried, but for the most part they received positive news during Monday’s tests. The Houston Texans, on the other hand, lost Tyrod Taylor for weeks, and he couldn’t play in the second half against the Cleveland Browns, leaving the Texans 31-21 after a 14-14 half-time score. The loss of Taylor is particularly painful for Houston because they can’t count on quarterback Deshaun Watson because of off-field problems, so rookie quarterback Davis Mills will start Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

The Chicago Bears didn’t fare much better. Although Andy Dalton’s injury against his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, looked more serious at first, tests showed that his knee ligaments were not damaged and “only” the bone was crushed. He was replaced in the first half by Justin Fields, who was picked 11th in the first round, but he at least led the team to victory. Plus, since Dalton probably won’t be available for Sunday, he could be preparing for his first start in Cleveland. Regardless, head coach Matt Nagy has said that if the veteran player is healthy, he is the starter, although we know that two or three wins could force a rethink.

Miami were also in a state of shock after highly-rated sophomore Tua Tagovailoa had to be carried off the field in the first quarter. In his absence, the Dolphins weren’t a worthy foe for the Buffalo Bills, who won 35-0. Luckily, X-rays showed Tagovailoa did not suffer a fracture. Without Tagovailoa, the Floridians don’t seem to have much of a chance against the favourite Las Vegas Raiders, who have started with two convincing successes.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz, who signed from Philadelphia this summer, escaped a serious injury of his own, spraining his ankles. To make matters worse, he missed a significant part of his summer preparations precisely because he was trying to recover from an ankle injury. The Colts have started badly with two losses, and sophomore Jacob Eason, who replaced Wentz, made his debut against the Los Angeles Rams but made some crucial mistakes.

Pittsburgh were initially terrified of losing T.B. Watt, the highest-paid defenseman of the season, and Tyson Alualu, who was knocked out of the defensive wall with an ankle injury, missing five starters in the loss to the Raiders. But worse news came on Tuesday: veteran Ben Roethlisberger played the second-round game but was injured in one of many blows. So head coach Mike Tomlin said it’s a good idea to prepare for the scenario of Mason Rudolph starting against the Bengals.

 

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