NFL Teams Lose Key Players to Injury in Week One
Week one of the NFL season was costly for a handful of teams as key players were injured. The New York Jets will finish their
season without Pro-bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo season-ending
surgery. The popular pick for AFC Champion will have to alter its defensive schemes to compensate for Jenkins' absence if they are
to hold off the Patriots for the AFC East title.
The Green Bay Packers have placed running back Ryan Grant on injured reserve, after he injured his ankle in their Sunday game
against the Eagles. They will go with fourth-year RB Brandon Jackson and fullback John Kuhn to fill the void, and hope to
have rookie sixth-round draft pick James Starks, who injured a hamstring in training camp, available in a few weeks.
The Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, lost strong safety Bob Sanders for a substantial amount of time when he tore a biceps muscle
during their loss to the Houston Texans. Sanders is considered one of the league's top safeties, but has been hampered often by injury during his career. Because of this, the Colts prepared themselves and will plug in a more-than capable backup in Melvin Bullitt.
Then there's the injury that has sparked a quarterback controversy. The Philadelphia Eagles traded longtime signal-caller Donovan McNabb in the off-season and handed the reins over to fourth-year QB Kevin Kolb, who was among a handful of players injured in the Eagles' loss to Green Bay. Former Pro-bowl QB Michael Vick stepped in and nearly led the Eagles to a spectacular come-from-behind win. Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that Kolb is his starter and there would be no controversy, but if Vick looks good again in his absence and Kolb continues to struggle when he returns, there will be plenty of pressure from the Eagles' infamously impatient fans. Kolb suffered a concussion in the game, as did linebacker Stewart Bradley, and both should return within a few weeks. Worse news for the Eagles, who were easily the most injury-riddled team in the league week one, are the losses of center Jamaal Jackson (torn triceps) and fullback Leonard Weaver (torn ACL),
which were both placed on injured reserve.