SportsPulse: Loopy comebacks and devastating accidents outlined a jam-packed Sunday. USA TODAY Sports activities’ Mackenzie Salmon reacts to all of the greatest tale strains from Week 2 across the NFL.


Two franchise gamers most probably misplaced for the season. A Tremendous Bowl contender’s hopes dashed simply because the season is getting began. Extra accidents than a M*A*S*H* unit.

Welcome to the NFL’s new customary.

The carnage Sunday used to be a preview of what awaits the league with an expanded season, which might occur as early as subsequent yr. There’s a reason why gamers had been reluctant so as to add a 17th recreation, and it’s no longer simply because they understand it’s a gateway to an 18th.

“(The NFL is) in point of fact status up for participant protection, participant protection, participant protection. However it kind of feels like participant protection has a price ticket. Participant protection, as much as the purpose of, ‘Good day, 17 video games makes us this a lot cash, so we in point of fact don’t care how protected they’re, in the event you’re going to pay us this a lot cash to play any other recreation,’” San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, a member of the NFLPA government committee, stated all the way through Tremendous Bowl week.

“They’re in point of fact simply announcing 17 in order that they are able to get to 18,” Sherman added. “And in order that’s two extra alternatives for gamers to possibility their our bodies, to position their our bodies at the line.”

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reacts whilst strolling at the sidelines after injuring his ankle at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. (Photograph: Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY Sports activities)

A 17th recreation by itself goes to imply extra accidents. You can’t have 200- and 300-pound males slamming into each and every different at complete pace for 60 mins with out any person – almost definitely many ones – getting harm.

Now, homeowners will say that is necessarily a wash, as a result of they’re shedding some of the preseason video games to make room for the additional regular-season video games. However that math doesn’t upload up. Maximum coaches already decide to leisure their starters for the general preseason recreation, short of one ultimate probability to take a look at lesser-known gamers and no longer short of to possibility shedding Patrick Mahomes or J.J. Watt on a meaningless recreation, and that’s not really to modify.

So this isn’t a straight-up business. And it’s the gamers who will probably be getting the quick finish of the deal.

Which leads us to Sunday.

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL had truncated coaching camps and it scrapped preseason video games completely. That gave gamers much less reps, much less time to arrange their our bodies for the bodily violence inherent to the sport. Whilst that hasn’t had an affect at the degree of play – it’s been strangely just right the primary two weekends – it’s value asking if it contributed to the rash of accidents Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers, the reigning NFC champs, may well be pressured to host open tryouts with what number of gamers they misplaced. Defensive finish Nick Bosa, ultimate yr’s rookie defensive participant of the yr, suffered what trainer Kyle Shanahan stated is “perhaps” a torn ACL. Defensive take on Solomon Thomas additionally seems to have torn his ACL, despite the fact that Shanahan stated it’s no longer as unhealthy.

Jimmy Garoppolo has a excessive ankle sprain, and Shanahan stated they almost definitely gained’t know till the tip of the week whether or not he’ll pass over time. Working backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman left the sport with knee accidents.

Shanahan and the 49ers complained in regards to the new turf at MetLife Stadium, announcing it used to be “sticky.” However the New York Jets didn’t have the similar unhealthy fortune. Neither did the New York Giants or Pittsburgh Steelers, who performed at MetLife on Monday.

And, despite the fact that the turf used to be the wrongdoer of the 49ers’ accidents, that doesn’t provide an explanation for all of the different ones around the league.  

The Giants showed Saquon Barkley, certainly one of their few vivid spots, tore his ACL in Chicago. Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock had his arm in a sling after leaving the sport with a shoulder harm, whilst his most sensible extensive receiver, Courtland Sutton, suffered a torn ACL. Christian McCaffrey overlooked lots of the fourth quarter with a high-ankle sprain that the Panthers stated would rule him out for more than one weeks.

Indianapolis Colts receiver Parris Campbell needed to be carted off with a knee harm whilst Malik Hooker tore his Achilles.

And the ones are simply the notable names.

Possibly it’s only a twist of fate that, in a yr with out the preseason, there’s abruptly a wave of accidents. But when it’s the fee to be paid for extra soccer, much less preparation, the NFL goes to price itself large with a 17th recreation.

Practice USA TODAY Sports activities columnist Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour. 


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