A new football season unfortunately often means a new spate of injuries, and the worst NFL injuries of 2019 are further evidence of the dangerous game all football players suit up for. Whether they are missing just a few weeks or the injury turns out to be season-ending, no player, team, or fan wants to see a competitor get hurt.
The 2019 season saw a number of starting quarterbacks go down with serious injuries in the first month of the season. Nick Foles got hurt in the first game of the season. By Week 2, Super Bowl champions Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger were out with injuries. The injury to Roethlisberger, who has talked about retirement before, could be career-ending if he chooses not to return next year. Meanwhile, star position players like Saquon Barkley and Tyreek Hill suffered ugly, brutal injuries that could be tough to come back from.
Other players suffered injuries less serious but just as important to keep an eye on, particularly head injuries like concussions suffered by Sterling Shepard and Mason Rudolph. Even reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes has been hobbled by an ankle injury that has affected his play.
Every week sees new marquee players added to the injury report, and this list will feature updates throughout the season with news of players going down and coming back. So check back throughout the year to see who's out and why as the season goes on. And check back to see when some of the injured players will return.
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Week 5 vs. Redskins
Injury: Hamstring strain
Phillip Dorsett left the first quarter of the game against the Redskins with a hamstring strain and did not return. He is likely to miss at least a week, and this type of injury carries a serious risk of re-injury.
Week 5 vs. Panthers
Injury: ACL tear
The Jaguars tight end suffered a left ACL tear and will undergo season-ending surgery.
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Week 5 vs. Colts
Injury: Hamstring strain
Sammy Watkins may have returned to game action too early and aggravated a hamstring injury that has been nagging him this season. The Chiefs likely will be more careful moving forward and will consider Watkins week-to-week.
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Week 5 vs. Vikings
Giants running back Wayne Gallman was ruled out early in Week 5 after suffering a concussion, and with the Giants playing on Thursday Night Football in Week 6, he was expected to miss at least a week of action.