The 2023 NFL season kicked off in full on Sunday, and with the games came an unfortunate but unsurprising barrage of injuries. Several big-name starters on both sides of the ball were forced out of action in Week 1. Here’s a roundup of notable updates:
The No. 4 overall pick left in the final minute of the Colts’ 31-21 loss to the Jaguars after suffering an apparent lower-body injury, with backup Gardner Minshew taking over under center for the final snaps. But Richardson is OK and won’t be in danger of missing any time after the game, coach Shane Steichen told reporters later. The rookie still flashed with two scores on the day.
The Ravens’ fourth-year running back appeared to suffer an ankle injury in the first half against the Texans, only to quickly be ruled out with what coach John Harbaugh laterthat will end the veteran’s 2023 season. It’s just the latest in a long line of ailments for the former second-rounder, who had played just seven games the previous two seasons due to multiple knee injuries.
Tyler Lockett is being evaluated for a possible concussion he suffered in Seattle’s Week 1 matchup against the Rams. The veteran receiver was injured on a first-and-10 run by Kenneth Walker from the Seattle 29-yard line. Lockett registered two catches on four targets for 10 yards before going down with the injury.
Jones is questionable to return to Green Bay’s Week 1 matchup against the Bears due to a hamstring injury, according to the team. Jones was injured on a 35-yard touchdown reception from Jordan Love on a fourth-and-3 attempt midway through the third quarter. Before departing due to the injury, Jones rushed nine games for 41 yards and a touchdown while catching two of his four targets for 86 yards and another score. Per the game broadcast, the injury does not appear to be serious as Jones reportedly told teammates he is fine.
The Steelers’ No. 1 receiver exited in the second half against the 49ers with a hamstring injury and was quickly ruled out. The fifth-year veteran, who just last year inked a $36 million extension, was leading Pittsburgh with three catches before leaving early. His absence didn’t help a sluggish Steelers offense that trailed by 20 in the third.
The Steelers’ second-year tight end caught Kenny Pickett’s first touchdown pass of the season, a 23-yard strike, but also took a hard shot to the chest on an end-zone target. He left the field later and was ruled questionable to return.
The injuries continue to pile up for Baltimore. The safety is feared to have torn his pec in the team’s Week 1 up over Houston, according to NFL Media. He’ll undergo an MRI to confirm. Williams went to the locker room in the second quarter and was ruled out not too long after with what the team said was a shoulder injury. Before departing with the injury, Williams totaled four tackles and broke up one pass.
Williams is being evaluated for a head injury. He departed to the locker room after being initially checked out in the Chargers medical tent midway through the second quarter of the club’s Week 1 opener against Miami. The injury occurred away from the play on a first-and-10 throw by Justin Herbert that was complete to fellow wideout Keenan Allen for seven yards. In what seemed to be a blocking attempt, Williams was hit hard by Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker and shaken up after the play.
Bears second-year safety Jaquan Brisker, who made the tackle on Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones’ third-down conversion, left the field with what appeared to be an upper body injury. He’s being evaluated by trainers and is currently questionable to return.
The two-time All-Pro Browns tackle was carted off against the Bengals after his left leg buckled upon contact in the second quarter. He was ruled out soon afterward, replaced by rookie Dawand Jones on the right side. Following the game, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski offered an ominous update saying early tests on Conklin were not good.
The former Pro Bowl left tackle, whose injury-related absences have plagued the Ravens for years, left late against the Texans with a knee injury and was ruled questionable to return. Stanley also missed time late in the summer with an undisclosed injury. He’s yet to play a full season during his seven-year NFL career.
The Ravens’ second-year center, who emerged as a key blocker for Lamar Jackson in his rookie campaign, joined Ronnie Stanley on the sidelines late in Baltimore’s opener against the Texans, appearing to suffer an ankle injury.
The six-time Steelers Pro Bowler, a mainstay on Pittsburgh’s defensive front, was initially ruled questionable to return with a groin injury suffered in the first half against the 49ers. He later returned to the field for a few snaps before a final exit to the locker room, where the team ruled him out alongside wideout Diontae Johnson.
The Panthers’ No. 1 cornerback went down with a hamstring injury in the second quarter against the Falcons and was quickly ruled out. The former No. 8 overall draft pick is considered one of the game’s top young cover men, but he’s now battled multiple injuries in his young career, missing all but three games in 2021 with a fractured foot and also enduring ankle and foot issues this summer.
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