This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
As I killed time waiting for this week's slate of games to begin, my Timehop App reminded me that exactly four years ago the NFL endured an injury-filled Week 2 that took me hours to sift through. Notable injuries in 2016 included Adrian Peterson (torn meniscus), Danny Woodhead (ACL tear), and Jimmy Garoppolo, who sprained his AC joint while subbing for a suspended Tom Brady. The notification would serve as an ominous sign for what I witnessed over the next six hours as numerous NFL stars once again hit the turf with injuries. The final results surpassed the elevated 2016 total and have drastically altered the fantasy landscape.
A large number of these injuries involve one of the stabilizing ligaments of the knee, so before we look at individual players let's examine this problematic joint.
The knee is a hinge joint reenforced by multiple ligaments including the two cruciate ligaments (ACL and PCL) and the two collateral ligaments (MCL and LCL). The ACL and PCL work together to limit excessive forward and backward motion of the tibia (lower leg bone) on the femur (the upper leg bone). The MCL and LCL prevent excessive lateral motion and stabilize the knee during side-to-side movement. Each ligament can be sprained individually with each carrying a unique treatment plan and recovery options.
The Giants running back suffered a torn ACL in the team's loss to the Bears. The 23-year-old was carted off the field after being taken down in the second