Sunday Bloody Sunday

Week 8 of the NFL slate saw the most carnage of the season

by Brandon D. Rush | @BrandonRush |

We all know that the game of football is violent sport, not only in terms of the lasting effects for players well after their playing days are over, but also how bad an injury can derail a teams entire season. In a year that has already seen it’s share of stars be sidelined for extended periods of time, Sunday was one of the most brutal in recent memory.

And we are only at the midway point of the season.

Stars who were injured in Week 8:

Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake was lost for the season with an Achilles injury Thursday night against New England. Wake had just started to round into being a contributor for Miami’s defense after a slow start accounting for one third of the Dolphins sack totals so far.

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell tore his MCL in his right knee Sunday against Cincinnati. Talk about bad timing, Bell went down in the second quarter of Pittsburgh’s first game win Ben Roethisberger back after a month absence. Big Ben went down in Week 3 against St. Louis, three quarters into Bell’s return from a two game suspension.

Saints running back Khiry Robinson suffered a gruesome “lower leg injury” that required an air cast prior to being carted off the Superdome field.

San Francisco running back Reggie Bush will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL slipping on concrete inside the Edward Jones Dome against St. Louis. Bush was pushed out of bounds after a punt return, and couldn’t check up in time to avoid missing the slick surface. I thought for sure Bush broke his tailbone in the fall, but the injury bug (or the Kardashian Curse) bit Bush again.

Most depressing injury from Sundays wreckage was to Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr, who stated publicly this would be his final year in football. A week after essentially refusing to be traded to a contender, Smith tore his Achilles, ending his season, and potentially his carreer. Selfishly I want to see Senior back out there. The game is better when dudes who flat out love the game are playing it, Ice Up Son, the game needs you.

Scariest scene from Week 8 came from Dallas where Seahawks reciever Ricardo Lockette was blasted on kickoff coverage, being knocked unconscious (and looked like he was out before he even hit the ground). Lockette was carted off the field, giving the Legion of Boom “L” hand signal to the crowd after a few tension filled moments. Latest reports stated Lockette has movement in all of his extremities after being transported to a local hospital.

Numerous other stars and starters left their respective games, but don’t appear to be as catastrophic as those listed earlier, but in a day where Matt Forte, Calvin Johnson, Keenan Allen, and Ryan Fitzpatrick all ended their days early with injuries, today may be remembered for its lows as much as its highs.

The next time a player negotiates a contract, keep this date in mind. That guaranteed money comes in handy when you have to spend 6-10 months recovering from surgery and rehab.

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