by Brad Gagnon
The 2017 NFL season has felt just a little more bizarre than campaigns past. Parity like never before, that whole anthem protest thing, and a seemingly never-ending stream of high-profile injuries have stirred the pot to an unprecedented degree this year. And while a lot has been made of all three of those storylines, I set out to establish better perspective regarding the last one by putting together an entire roster of injured players.
Looking only at starting-caliber guys who have missed multiple weeks, are expected to miss multiple weeks or have already been ruled out long term, here’s a 53-man Super Bowl-level roster comprised entirely of significantly injured NFL players as we kick off November.
Rodgers remains the league’s fourth-highest-rated passer, but he will eventually lose the ability to qualify for that stat because he’s on injured reserve following surgery to repair a broken right collarbone. He’d of course be the starter, but Luck (out for the year as he slowly recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder) and Watson (who went down with a torn ACL Thursday) are clear-cut franchise quarterbacks when healthy.
Amazingly, there isn’t even room for Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford.