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Top Ten Worst Injuries of Week 1 in the NFL

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Week 1 officially came to an end last night with a Monday Night Football double-header. As we look back on opening weekend, quite a few things stand out. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are 0-1 for the first time in over a decade. Andrew Luck is still Andrew Luck. Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning. And lots and lots of players are injured. On this Tuesday morning, we’re going to take a look at the top ten most devastating injuries from Week 1 of the NFL season. Bear in mind I mean devastating to teams, not to individual players; none of these guys are on their deathbeds. 


Top Ten Worst Injuries of Week 1 in the NFL


1. Houston Texans’ rookie OLB Jadeveon Clowney will be undergoing knee surgery this week. The big man will miss 4-6 weeks, which is rough on a team that took him with the first overall pick in this year’s draft. 


2. While this news is as yet unconfirmed by the Indianapolis Colts (but soon will be, surely), it seems that LB Robert Mathis has torn his Achilles tendon and will miss the entirety of the 2014 season. As we saw Sunday night, Mathis basically IS the Colts’ D, so this is a massive blow to the club. 


3. The Kansas City Chiefs had a terrible time of it on Sunday, as you’ll soon see. It has been confirmed that Pro Bowl LB Derrick Johnson ruptured his Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder (read: entirety) of the 2014 season. 


4. Kansas City Chiefs DE Mike Devito also tore his Achilles during Sunday’s game. DeVito, too, will not return to the gridiron this year. Ouch. Sorry, KC fans. That’s a tough pill to swallow. 


5. LB Zach Brown, who is currently on the Tennessee Titans roster, tore his pectoral muscle during Sunday’s match-up against the Kansas City (not a good game to play in if you wanted to stay healthy, apparently.) Brown’s injury occurred during the Titans’ very first drive of the season. Talk about bad luck. 


6. Logan Mankins, who formerly played for the New England Patriots and currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, left Sunday’s game with a hyperextended knee. This is unfortunate news for a team that has little depth at this position. If Mankins’s injury proves to be serious, the team will suffer. 


7. Nick Hardwick, C for the San Diego Chargers, left last night’s match-up against the Arizona Cardinals with an apparent ankle injury. Hardwick is one of the league’s top players at his position, so hopefully this isn’t serious. No updates have been offered by the Bolts at this time. 


8. Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate left Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a knee injury. Even if Tate is out for several games, though, the Browns should be alright, as it will allow rookie RB Terrance West to get more carries. 


9. The Cincinnati Bengals’ second-year TE Tyler Eifert dislocated his elbow during Sunday’s game. If Eifert is out for any significant chunk of time, the Bengals have some depth at TE with Jermaine Gresham and rookie Ryan Hewitt, so they ought to be okay. 


10. Cam Johnson, Indianapolis Colts’ LB, left Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos with an elbow strain. This injury became significantly more devastating to the team after the Mathis news broke. The D is dropping like flies in Indy, it appears. Time for Walden and Werner to step it up.

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