NFL Week 1 Impact Injuries

Kansas City Chief Safety Eric Berry (Ruptured Achilles, IR, out for the season)

The Chiefs 42-27 signature win over the New England Patriots turned out to be costly as All-Pro safety ruptured his achilles late in the fourth quarter and will be out for the year. Berry is a tremendous story on so many fronts having beaten Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015 and returning to play in the NFL at an elite level. After being named NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Berry had the best season of his career in 2016 where he was in on 77 tackles and made four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Berry’s injury in even more unfortunate in that it was a non-contact injury where he was just covering a slot receiver over the middle on a drag route. The recovery time for this type of injury with surgery is typically six months.

Jacksonville Jaguar Wide Receiver Allen Robinson (Torn ACL, IR, Out for the season)

The Jaguars upset of the Houston Texans also proved costly to the winners as WR Allen Robinson went down in the first quarter with a left knee ACL tear and will miss the rest of the 2017 season. The fourth year man out of Penn State showed a world of promise in his rookie season, making 48 grabs for 548 yards in just 10 games. Proving that it was no fluke, Robinson had a breakout season in 2015 making 80 catches for 1400 yards (17.5 ypc.) and 14 touchdowns. Last year, Robinson regressed as did the entire Jacksonville team, but still managed to catch 73 passes for 883 yards and six scores. The injury is also especially damaging to Robinson who was in the final year of his rookie deal and was about to get paid in 2018. Now he’ll move onto free agency without having played this year and off reconstructive knee surgery.

Arizona Cardinal Running Back David Johnson (Broken Wrist, surgery, 10-12 weeks)

Arizona Cardinal fans and fantasy players alike could only shake their heads when the consensus best offensive player in football returned to the Cardinal bench holding his arm. Johnson finished out the 35-23 loss to the Lions at Detroit and the original X-rays taken after the game were negative. A subsequent MRI revealed more damage than was originally thought and that wrist surgery will be required keeping Johnson out as estimated 12 weeks. Johnson was a third-round draft pick in 2015 and had a solid rookie year but in 2016 he exploded with 2118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns. Johnson is seeking multiple opinions on the injury but for now it looks like Johnson is out for the forseeable future.

Other injuries of note …

Baltimore Raven RB Danny Woodhead (Hamstring, listed as questionable)

Generally considered one of the best utility backs in the leaague, Woodhead was taken off the field on a cart in the Ravens 20-0 whitewash if the Bengals. Woodhead had one carry for four yards and three catches for 33 yards beforegoing down in the second quarter. If Woodhead were to be out for any significant time, the Ravens would be left with just two running backs on their active roster.

Pittsburgh Steeler DE Stephon Tuitt (Suspected Torn Biceps, awaiting MRI)

If the bicep is torn Tuitt will miss the season. Tuitt has been a key component of the Steelers front seven for the last several years compiling 108 tackles and 11.5 sacks snice 2014. Tuitt’s snaps would likely be taken by super rookie T.J. Watt (A.J.’s brother) who had seven tackles, two sacks and an interception in his debut in Pittsburgh’s 21-18 winover the Cleveland Browns.