The NFL is set to kick off tonight at 8:20 p.m. / ET as the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. As it currently stands, the Texans have three players on their injury report while the Chiefs have zero. But after today, it appears that the injury report won’t be as short next week for either team: injuries have already been piling up across the league. Wide receivers Mike Evans, Kenny Golladay, Cortland Sutton, and DeVante Parker are all already dealing with injuries.
Right now, the worry amongst teams is the fact that their players haven’t really been up to game speed quite yet. That is a recipe for disaster when it comes for players and soft tissue injuries.
Fantasy players temper your expectations for week 1. Speaking with coaches it seems like they will be playing a lot of guys especially at WR and RB position to keep guys fresh bc of the lack of reps. #nfl #FantasyFootball #Kickoff2020
— Tracy Wolfson (@tracywolfson) September 10, 2020
Of all the wideouts I mentioned, the only player not dealing with a tissue injury is Sutton, who hurt his shoulder earlier this afternoon. Besides him? Evans, Golladay, and Parker are all dealing with hamstring strains: they won’t be the only ones either after Week 1.
we’ve seen a lot of teams push their guys this week to get that last work in at full game speed…
and a lot of soft tissue issues flaring up
I shudder to think what’s in store for us after Sunday’s games once guys actually put in a full game’s work at full game speed
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 10, 2020
Now, I am no scientist, but when your muscles aren’t used to going at the speed that these athletes are, it isn’t good. I mean, Tyreek Hill consistently runs over 20 miles per hour. Do you think that his body is ready for that play after play after not practicing like that? Probably not. And yes, I am not at Chiefs camp, but I don’t think Hill was going all out for the past month: that goes for other players as well.
I don’t like to speak for others, but I don’t think any of us hope for injuries to pop up more than usual. Still, hope is only something we can do. No one will be able to stop quads from pulling left and right
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