Last weekend was tough on NFL teams as far as injuries are concerned. A number of team received bad news on Monday regarding players injured over the weekend.
A number of teams were recipients of bad news and were scrambling around trying to find replacements or ways to fill the holes left by players who went down injured.
The Chicago Bears were probably hit the worst as they lost key players on both sides of the ball whom are expected to miss at least a month and likely more.
Jay Cutler, the Bears starting quarterback will be out a minimum of four weeks after he tore a muscle in his groin, said team officials.
After Cutler’s injury, Josh McCown, the backup quarterback performed well, but it is difficult for the Bears offense to remain at such a high level without the starter in making the calls.
Defensively, the Bears lost Lance Briggs one of their starting linebackers. Briggs hurt a shoulder and will be out between four and six weeks.
The loss of these two players will assuredly affect the Bears odds of winning the NFC North and reaching the postseason. That will be reflected later this week, when the updated Super Bowl odds are released on sites like Bovada, sportsbook.com, betonline and topbet.
The St. Louis Rams were dealt a huge blow when they received the news most had feared, quarterback Sam Bradford sustained a season ending torn ACL. His back up little known Kellen Clemens is the only quarterback the Rams now have on the roster.
The Rams are checking everywhere to sign a backup for Clemens just for more depth heading into Monday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Indianapolis was hit hard when they found out they lost Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL. Wayne has been the most consistent and reliable target of quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Colts have become a legitimate contender and his loss will affect the way odds makers on sites such as Bovada will make their lines for this week and for futures.
Jermichael Finley, the Green Bay Packers tight end was in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Green Bay after suffering a severe neck injury. Initial diagnosis is a bruised spinal cord and he could possibly be out for the season. Finley was taken out of the intensive care unit on Monday night, but remains in the hospital.
Doug Martin the starting running back for Tampa Bay tore his labrum muscle in his shoulder and could be lost for the season.
Half of the one two punch on defense for the Houston Texans, Brian Cushing, was lost for the season after suffering a broken leg. He was blocked low on a play by Jamaal Charles. J.J. Watt the other half of Houston’s one two punch, will miss Cushing’s presence.