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 8 vs. Colts
Injury: Bulging disk
Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco will miss four to six weeks with a bulging disk in his neck. Flacco first began to feel pain in his neck a couple weeks before, then spent much of the game against Indianapolis being tended to by medical staff.
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Week 8 vs. Raiders
Injury: Torn pectoral muscle
Linebacker J.J. Watt is done for the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle on a play during the Texans' 27-24 victory over the Raiders.
Week 5 vs. Ravens
The Steelers quarterback, who is taking over for the done-for-the-season Ben Roethlisberger, got caught between two defenders and suffered a concussion. He was expected to be out at least a week in the NFL concussion protocol.
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Week 5 vs. Vikings
The Giants wide receiver suffered a concussion in Week 5 after suffering an earlier concussion in Week 2, and his recovery period is expected to be several weeks.