The NFL injury report is already very long this season. So far, the NFL injury report lists Tory Polamalu and Brian Urlacher out for the season. This year, the NFL injury report has several big name players fighting injuries, though many will still play. The Eagles and Patriots are particularly big victims of the NFL injury report, and a few other big names are a bit knocked up heading into this week. But the NFL injury report is really hurting the Eagles, in particular.
Brian Westbrook joins Donovan McNabb on the Eagles’ inactive list for this week’s NFL injury report. Everyone knew McNabb wasn’t going to play today, but Brian Westbrook joining him on the sidelines really hurts the Eagles today. Worse yet, DeSean Jackson was also listed as questionable on the injury report, but he will try to play today.
The NFL injury report has been half-filled with Eagles since the preseason, as more and more Eagles’ players have gone down. Now the Eagles have to win without McNabb and Westbrook, with Jackson banged up, and with the untested Michael Vick finally making his debut. Beating the Kansas City Chiefs today should have been a picnic for the Eagles, but now it is much harder – although the Eagles at least get a bye after today.
The NFL injury report is also of great concern to the Patriots, as both Randy Moss and Wes Welker have been fighting pain all week. Welker’s injuries were a big topic all week in Foxboro, and now Randy Moss has joined him on the injury report list. Moss will try to play, but Wes Welker is out for week 3 against the 2-0 Falcons.
The Patriots are already in a tight spot, as Tom Brady still tries to find his old form, after he took a step back against the Jets last week. With his two top targets hobbled, and one unable to play, the Falcons are more poised to beat the Patriots today and make a big statement.
As for the rising Jets, Mark Sanchez had to be put on the injury report with tendinitis in his right knee. The Jets got in big trouble for not releasing Brett Favre’s real condition to NFL injury reports last year, so they have to be extra honest now.
As the NFL season enters only its third week, it has had no shortage of major injury news. Superstars are more vulnerable than ever, it would seem, as early injuries have either taken them out, or made them play through nagging pain. But perhaps it is better to get injuries out of the way now, rather than have them cause havoc in December and January – though they still could easily do that anyway.
NBC Philadelphia- “Westbrook, Curtis Inactive for the Birds” www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/Westbrook-Curtis-Inactive-for-the-Birds-62188142.html
Boston Herald- ‘Patriots inactives: Welker, Wilhite, Butler….Randy Moss is playing” www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/
NJ.com- “NY Jets put Mark Sanchez on the injury report” www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2009/09/ny_jets_put_mark_sanchez_on_th.html