NFL Week 1 Notes: Injuries dominate headlines


The NFL’s opening week is in the books.

The Washington Post’s Week 1 overview analyzed the injuries, individual performances, and protests that grabbed headlines.

Cardinals running back David Johnson’s wrist injury dominated NFL and fantasy sports discussion Sunday afternoon and evening.

Johnson injured his wrist in Arizona’s loss to Detroit. While his X-rays were negative, an MRI revealed he had dislocated his wrist. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Johnson will be out for at least eight weeks.

Johnson was not the only high-profile player who sustained an injury.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had to leave the game in the second quarter due to a dislocated finger. He eventually returned.

Watt, who has helped collect over $30 million for Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston, came on the field waving the Texas flag. The crowd responded with a stirring ovation.

The home field advantage was not enough. The Texans were beaten handily by the Jaguars, 29-7.

Houston may already be facing a mini quarterback controversy. Their one touchdown came from a Deshaun Watson pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Watson was brought on in the second half.

Giants wide received Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t even get the chance to be injured on Sunday. He was made inactive for the Giants’ game against the Cowboys. Beckham has been battling an ankle injury.

Although the high-profile injuries grabbed attention on TV and social media, there were plenty of impressive individual performances to talk about as well.

T.J. Watt racked up two sacks and an interception in his first NFL start for Pittsburgh. The Steelers also got a good game from Antonio Brown, who had 11 catches and 182 yards.

Rookie running back Leonard Fournette was a major factor in the Jaguars’ surprise win. He rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown.

There were also a smattering of national anthem protests. Michael Bennett, who has alleged that Las Vegas police made him a victim of misconduct and profiling, protested. He was joined by his brother, Green Bay tight end Martellus Bennett.

San Francisco’s Eric Reid protested, as he has done since last year. Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch and Eagles players Malcom Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, and Chris Long also protested.


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