The NFL has been hammered with serious injuries at its most important position. On Monday, it was announced that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has officially torn his the ACL in his left knee. He’s done for the season and the hope is simply that he can be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season.
That’s bad news in Philly, but it’s really just the latest in an incredible string of injuries to high-profile quarterbacks across the NFL.
“It’s the seventh significant quarterback injury this year for a team with legitimate playoff hopes,” wrote Peter King of Sports Illustrated. “Aaron Rodgers, Sam Bradford, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill and Wentz. And it almost makes having two good quarterbacks the new normal for smart NFL general managers.”
That seems like an almost impossible task. It’s often hard enough to find 32 guys who can legitimately start on NFL teams, let alone 64.
The injuries have been huge for all of these clubs, potentially derailing those postseason dreams. The Eagles will go – they hung on to win and so they clinched the NFC East and a playoff spot – but teams like the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals are virtually done. The Green Bay Packers are clinging to a slim hope and needed an overtime win to beat the Cleveland Browns. The strongest team on the list is the Minnesota Vikings, thanks to the stellar play of backup quarterback Case Keenum.
The rash of serious injuries also could expose the incredible risk the New England Patriots took by trading quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett to the Colts and trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Fransisco 49ers.
“Ironic, really, that the three quarterbacks on New England’s roster on Sept. 1 are now all starting, two of them for teams not named the Patriots,” King added. “New England has chosen to go all-in on its 40-year-old 29-year-old, Tom Brady. But with so many quarterbacks going down, and so many teams relying on backups, the smart GMs are the ones whose backups are producing well.”
It all works if Brady stays healthy. And maybe he does. But it was all working for the Eagles too, until Sunday afternoon. It only takes one play.