There were many questions coming into the 2020 NFL season that was the first to begin without preseason games. One of the biggest concerns was the game conditioning of players. Would they be accustomed to the speed and physicality of Sundays in the NFL? In two weeks, we’ve seen a lot of great football, but we have also seen an alarming number of injuries, including to several star players.
2 Notable Players Injured In Week 2
- Nick Bosa, defensive end, San Francisco 49ers – Torn ACL: Out For Season
- Saquon Barkley, running back, New York Giants – Torn ACL: Out For Season
- Christian McCaffrey, running back, Carolina Panthers – High Ankle Sprain: Up To 8 Weeks
- Drew Lock, quarterback, Denver Broncos – Sprained AC Joint: Up To 6 Weeks
- Courtland Sutton, wide receiver, Denver Broncos – Torn ACL: Our For Season
- Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers – High Ankle Sprain: Week To Week
- Davante Adams, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers – Hamstring: Week To Week
- Tavon Young, cornerback, Baltimore Ravens – Knee Injury: Possibly Out For Season
- Malik Hooker, safety, Indianapolis Colts – Achilles: Our For Season
- Byron Jones, cornerback, Miami Dolphins – Groin: Week To Week
- Raheem Mostert, running back, San Francisco 49ers – Sprained MCL: 2-4 Weeks
- Anthony Barr, linebacker, Minnesota Vikings – Shoulder: Out For Season
Beyond the players listed, there were at least a dozen others who went down in week two. It’s notable that many on that list are former Pro Bowl caliber players. And many of the offensive guys probably play a big role on your fantasy teams, not to mention their roles on their actual teams. It’s rather unfathomable that this many stars would go down in one week, many with knee related injuries.
Are these injuries due to lack of preseason conditioning? That is hard to say for certain as there are no data directly connecting those two things. However, this year being the first season without preseason, it’s easy to think the number of injuries is a byproduct of limited conditioning.