The Year of the Injured QB

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton, is merely one casualty of the NFL’s 2019 season. Going into week 3, 10 of 32 teams have injured starting or back up quarterbacks. 2019 will be remembered as, “The Year of the Injured QB.” Also known as, the year of the replaced QB.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Drew Brees is a 19 year veteran in the NFL and is 40 years old as of week 3. He has played with NO since 2006 and endured a thumb injury on 9/15/19 against the LA Rams. His injury called for immediate surgery and he is expected to return to play within 6-8 weeks. Until then, Teddy Bridgewater and/or Taysom Hill will replace Brees meanwhile his recovery.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Ben Roethlisberger has played all 16 years of his career with the Steelers. As of week 3, this AFC North veteran is 37 years old. He is another QB exiting his prime who has fallen victim to, “The year of the injured QB.” He suffered a right elbow injury in week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Roethlisberger will also undergo, what is suspected to be Tommy John surgery, which is usually a treatment for pro baseball pitchers. He will miss the full 2019-2020 season and is replaced by Mason Rudolph.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Cam Newton‘s foot injury is nothing new. He missed 10 days of practice during the summer training camp due to a mid-foot sprain. He’s 30 years old and has played all 9 years of his NFL career with the Panthers. During week 2 against the Buccaneers, Newton re-aggravated his foot. He has been ruled out for week 3, and Kyle Allen will step up in his place. His injury is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis, head coach Ron Rivera may choose to sit Newton out in hopes of giving the QB rest in order to return at full health.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Nick Foles was formerly known as a backup quarter back during his 8 years in the NFL. He played for Eagles, Rams, Chiefs and returned to the Eagles where he won a Superbowl ring. When starting Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered an injury late in the year and was not able to finish the 2017 season: Foles was called up. This was Foles time to shine and he did just that by defeating Tom Brady and the Patriots. Since then, Foles was traded to the Jaguars and became their starting QB. Foles suffered a broken left clavicle in game 1 VS the Chiefs and was placed on the IR after surgery. He is expected to return within weeks 10-12 and is currently replaced by Gardner Minshew,

NEW YORK JETS

Sam Darnold is the shift in age for QB’s among those listed above. He’s just 22 years old and has only played one full year of professional football. After game 1 against the Bills, Darnold felt ill and missed practice. His illness turned out to be Mononucleosis, and the QB would face multiple weeks out. The latest update: Darnold is expected to play in week 5 against the Eagles.

In Darnolds absence, back up quarter back Trevor Siemian played in week 2 against the Browns. In his first game starting for the Jets, Siemian was tackled and suffered an ankle injury. He immediately exited the game and Jets, backup, backup quarter back Luke Falk (officially singed hours before the game) entered the game. Siemian was placed on IR when the MRI determined a ligament issue that would end his 2019 season. Falk, the third-string QB will face the Patriots in week 3 while Darnold continues to get healthy.

OTHER QB INJURIES

  • Kansas City Chiefs – Chad Henne (Ankle) & John Lovett (Shoulder)
  • Oakland Raiders – Nathan Peterman (Elbow)
  • Philadelphia Eagles – Nathan Sudfeld (Wrist)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Blaine Gabbert (Shoulder) & Jameis Winston
  • Washington Redskins – Daniel McCoy (Fibula)

With all of these QB injuries, it is no wonder why general managers are not only focusing on the game ahead but also on recruiting. No ones job is safe with the level of contact in the NFL, as an injury can occur at any time. Even your back up QB needs back up. Whether it is fantasy football or the NFL, it is a good idea to keep multiple QB’s on the roster. Week 3 has not fully begun and only then will we see what the backups put up under pressure.

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