Week three of the NFL season is already here and as is always the case, injuries are playing a big part of how teams prepare for their games this weekend.
Each week players go down with injuries. Teams have back up players to fill in but those backups do not compare talent wise much of the time to the player who was lost.
For instance, Ryan Clady was lost for the season when he injured his foot. He played left tackle and was the most important pass protector for Peyton Manning on the Denver Broncos. His injury caused sportsbooks to readjust their futures lines for the AFC Championship and the Super Bowl.
Lost to Injury
Left tackle Duane Brown of the Houston Texans has turf toe and is likely to sit out of this week’s Houston game against the Baltimore Ravens. Brown is one of the best left tackles in football. His absence will affect Matt Schaub’s confidence in the pocket in Sunday’s game.
The same goes for the left tackle of the Seattle Seahawks Russell Okung. He has helped to anchor one of the league’s best rushing attacks. He tore a ligament in one of his toes and will be out of action in week 3. His absence is as hard as or worse on the Seahawks than Brown’s with Houston.
Clady as mentioned previously sustained a Lisfranc injury and is out for the remainder of the season.
Danny Amendola a wide receiver for the New England Patriots will miss this week’s game due to a nagging groin injury. Amendola missed week 2 and his absence was noteworthy, as Tom Brady had lost his security blanket against the Jets. New England was lucky that the Jets made too many mistakes or the Patriots could have lost that game.
Tight End Rob Gronkowski may return to the New England lineup for the first time this season. His return is not 100% certain and will be decided on game day. His presence will make life easier for Brady, as he will have one more great target to go to and the tight end is a very good blocker.
Tight End Heath Miller is not a flashy player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he is one of Ben Roethlisberger’s go to guys in crucial situations like third downs. He practiced all week and it appears he will return from a knee injury.