Beware the Madden curse.
It’s a recycled story every offseason, following the release of the game’s cover star, one supposedly set for a season of either poor performance or injury, so says the curse.
Well, eight weeks into the 2017 season, and this year’s main man, Tom Brady, is still going strong, and aged 40 too.
However, the same can’t be said for a raft of other NFL stars who, while figuratively ‘fit’ to grace any Madden cover, aren’t literally – Houston Texans star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is the latest big name added to an ever-lengthening league injury list…
The Dolphins knew of Tannehill’s knee issue and so made the questionable move to bring Jay Cutler out of retirement and stop his move into the broadcasting booth, and he has since suffered from poor form and a rib injury that has kept him out for a couple of weeks.
As for the Colts, they brought in an insurance policy of their own, in New England Patriots third-stringer, Jacoby Brissett, who has actually fared admirably behind a porous offensive line. It was hoped Luck would return at some stage following January shoulder surgery, but finally admitted defeat this week by placing him on Injured Reserve after soreness and setbacks in practice.
Watch Arizona running back Adrian Peterson score his first TD as a Cardinal on a 27-yard run
As for the Cardinals, after a few weeks of struggling on offence, they made the bold move to trade for Adrian Peterson, which brought immediate rewards with a 134-yard and two-TD display against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on debut before being shut out against the Los Angeles Rams in London.
Big name blows
Odell Beckham Jr had to be driven off the field after being hit with a nasty ankle injury.
In Week Five, the already 0-4 New York Giants’ disaster year got even worse when they lost a staggering four wide receivers to injury in the same game, three of them for the year. Down went Dwayne Harris, Brandon Marshall, and most crucially Odell Beckham Jr against the Los Angeles Chargers and, with them, any hope of a revival.
Aaron Rodgers‘ Week Six exit for the season is arguably the biggest injury of a season full of them, and he wasn’t happy about it! The Green Bay Packers future Hall of Fame QB suffered a big hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, which gave him a broken collarbone.
Aaron Rodgers breaks his collarbone after a big hit from linebacker Anthony Barr.
The battle between the pair didn’t end there, either, with the war of words following the hit extending to the television airwaves on the Conan O’Brien show, as Rodgers suggested he was given a sweary send-off after the hit by Barr, who then took to Twitter to retaliate.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered a serious knee injury against the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings too have had their own injury troubles. While QB Teddy Bridgewater’s coming return after more than a year out is a terrific story, they’ve lost incumbent signal-caller Sam Bradford for multiple weeks, as well as impressive rookie runner Dalvin Cook to a season-ender in Week Four.
The Texans have had it worse than most, losing inspirational leader, and defensive wreaking ball, J.J. Watt to a broken leg in Week Five, and now Watson is lost for the season too. Fresh from 19 TDs through his first seven games and a truly barnstorming 400-yard and four-TD display in defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, the rookie sensation is out after tearing his ACL in practice this week.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was the star in defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, throwing four touchdowns.
And then there’s the 0-8 Cleveland Browns. If things weren’t ban enough, they lost their iron man offensive lineman Joe Thomas in Week Seven. Thomas is the the first player in NFL history to play 10,000 consecutive snaps since being drafted, but that streak ended 363 plays later as his year was ended with a tricep injury against the Tennessee Titans.
If Thomas goes down, no-one is safe. That just seems to be life in the NFL in 2017…
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