Several key players struggled with injuries on the first Sunday of the NFL season, and Dallas quarterback Dac Prescott included.
But he wasn’t the only one. Here’s a look at some of the other notable names.
Goodwin is out of Sunday night’s game
Tampa Bay wide receiver Chris Goodwin left Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a hamstring injury and has not returned.
Goodwin was back in action for the first time in eight months with a ruptured ACL. Goodwin left the match during the second quarter after making a low catch and coming off limping.
The Buccaneers also lost Donovan Smith’s left tackle due to an elbow injury.
Steelers lose watts, Harris
While the Pittsburgh Steelers scored a dramatic win over the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime, star back TJ Watt (chest) lost and Nagy Harris (foot) returned to injury late in the competition.
The Steelers did not provide many details about Watt’s condition after the match. Coach Mike Tomlin only said that “TJ has been evaluated with an upper body injury.”
The 27-year-old was injured in the last minutes of organizing. The bull lunged his way past Liel Collins in Cincinnati—tore off Collins’ helmet in the process, a penalty that gave the Bengals relegation first—and then jumped over Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow leaned under Watt and managed to deflect the ball, Watt’s left arm went motionless as Burrow let go of his grip.
Watt was greeted by Dr. James Bradley, the team’s physician, as he made his way off the field. He went straight to the locker room and never came back. Pittsburgh later ended a three-game losing streak against the Bengals in the final game of overtime.
The All-Pro three times did not address the Post-Reporters game, even though he was in the locker room. He is expected to undergo further tests and evaluation on Monday.
Cam Heyward said in a defensive encounter, “I wouldn’t predict what’s going on and how bad the injury is. But you know having TJ there definitely benefits us. He’s a captain. He’s a defensive player here. No matter how long it takes, the other guys will come up.”
Watt was one of the NFL’s elite racers, and was at his annoying best in Cincinnati, firing Burrow once and picking a pass in the first quarter that set up TD’s Mitch Trubisky pass at 2 yards to Nagy Harris to give Pittsburgh a 17-3 lead.
Losing Watt would be a huge blow to the Steelers, who will have to rely on their defense as they try to put their attack on the right track. Watt tied the NFL’s one-season sack record with 22 1/2 last season despite missing two games.
If Watt tore his pectoral muscles, he would likely miss a lot of time and possibly the season. His older brother JJ Watt tore a slam in the middle of the 2019 season while playing for the Texans and missed two months. Hayward, a longtime teammate, missed the second half of the 2016 season after being torn, and former Stiller defense end Stefon Tweet missed the final 10 games of the 2019 season after ripping through Beck in a win over the Chargers.
The Steelers are thin behind Watt at the outside back. Alex Highsmith – who also left the game on Sunday due to injury – is the only other outside player on the roster to spend a significant amount of time in Pittsburgh.
However, Mike Giardi of the NFL Network reported that Harris infection It is not expected to be long term.
Mac Jones back hurts
Meanwhile, the New England Patriots announced after their 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins that quarterback Mac Jones will not speak to reporters because he has suffered a back injury.
Kenan Allen doubtful for the second week
In a later game, Los Angeles Chargers receiver Kenan Allen was knocked out with a hamstring injury against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Allen was injured in the second quarter. He had four catches on four goals from Justin Herbert for 66 yards before he got hit, including a 42-yard gain.
The five-time Pro Bowl pick has been one of the most productive NFL receivers over the past half decade. He had 106 passes for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns last season.
DeAndre Carter climbed into the spot that Allen would normally occupy in the Chargers attack, and the veteran newcomer scored three times for 64 yards and a point.
with files from AP