As CBS Sports calls it, “The All-Injured Team” is full of injured superstars, highly anticipated rookie sensations and pro-bowlers.
In Week 10 of the NFL season, the list of injuries is immense with the most notable being DeShaun Watson of the Houston Texans, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks and Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants — just to name a few of the injured stars.
Watson is a 22 year-old rookie out of Clemson University who was selected by the Texans with the 12th pick in this year’s draft.
Watson didn’t show much progress as the new starting quarterback until Week 3 when Houston visited the New England Patriots where Watson totaled for 300+ yards with 2 TD on 2 INT which may seem stellar for a veteran Quarterback, but Watson was just getting started.
In Week 5 as Houston hosted Kansas City, Watson totaled 287 yards scoring 5 TD with 0 INT, making it not just one of his best games this year, but one of the best games by any quarterback this year.
Unfortunately, during practice just after a thrilling loss to the Seahawks where Watson totaled 402 yards scoring 4 TD, Watson suffered a torn ACL, sidelining the rookie in the midst of a historic first seven games where Watson tied for most touchdowns in the NFL this season with 19, becoming the first rookie to do so since Hall of Famer Kurt Warner in 1970.
Watson will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL this Wednesday.
Watson isn’t the only quarterback to be sidelined this year, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers suffered a broken collarbone just 6 weeks into his highly anticipated NFL season. Rodgers fell to the ground in pain after being tackled by Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr. Rodgers was later diagnosed with the broken collarbone and underwent surgery just four days after the incident.
The Green Bay Packers started the season 5-0 with Rodgers as the starting QB, but since his injury, the Packers have dropped three of their last four games, snagging their first victory with their backup quarterback Brett Hundley this past Sunday night against division opponent Chicago Bears.
Rodgers now remains sidelined for the remainder of the season and can only hope to bring that much more anticipation into a potential MVP season next year.
The most recent injury to shake the sports world is Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks who, as Sherman puts it “unsurprisingly”, ruptured his achilles Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals.
Sherman was listed on the team’s injury report with achilles issues around Week 3 of the season, but Sherman insisted on playing through the pain and pressure.
Sherman has never missed a game in his spectacular 6 year career with a Super Bowl championship in 2014 and multiple playoff appearances. This isn’t the first time Sherman has persevered through injury.
During Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots, he played with a hyperextended elbow he suffered just two weeks prior to the big game.
Head Coach Pete Carroll also revealed after the 2014 season that Sherman had also played through an MCL injury after straining his hamstring earlier in the season and deciding to play through that injury as well.
Sherman said, “Doctors have been trying to talk me out of playing for years, [but] they understand that I’m going to go out there and do everything I can to help my team win. It’s not about anything but that. I owe it to those guys, and I gave them everything I have.”
Seattle is going to have some trouble advancing through the rest of the year and the postseason without a player like Sherman. He will have season ending surgery to repair the torn achilles.