Snap, crackle and pop. Those are the sounds of football, in which a player can hear his season suddenly altered. Occasionally, an injury can devastate one’s whole season and possibly the next, depending on the time of the year the injury takes place.
Take Dak Prescott for instance, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who suffered a compound ankle fracture and dislocation last week in Week 6 of the 2020-21 NFL season. He immediately had to be assisted by the medical staff as his right ankle was out of place and dangling, eliciting a gross perception inside one’s mind. Eventually, he was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital in Dallas where he received surgery the same night and began his rehab process. There is no timeline for when Prescott will return, but what we do know is that he’s at least out for the rest of this season and possibly part of the following season as well. This provides a massive blow to his fantasy owners as they have had to scramble around, evaluating the talent that is left at the QB spot in the free agency realm.
Yet, Prescott hasn’t been the lone blow to many fantasy competitors this year, as other big names like Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, Tampa Bay Bucs tight end O.J. Howard, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, and New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley have been ruled out for most, if not all, of this season.
Therefore, the total number of NFL players on injured reserve is quite shocking as a whopping load of 213 players are currently hurt and unable to play as of right now. Further calculating this numerical value, the NFL is concocted of about 1,696 players, 53 members per team with 32 squads in the league, as the list of injured players makes up approximately one-eighth of the NFL.
This allows for an extreme cause of concern as a lack of organized team activities due to the corona virus in the off-season may have prompted a lot of wounded guys to go down hard. But time will only tell how many players end up in the showers by the end of this virus-plagued year, as that number may continue to increase at an exceedingly terrifying rate for the NFL.