The 2020 NFL season is up and running. Teams across the league are slowly getting accustomed to the peculiar circumstances of the ongoing season. Players and coaches alike have been dealing with the challenges being thrown at them week after week.
Last week, in particular, there was a host of injury scares for teams across the league. Heading into Week Three, there’s an injury pile up for most teams, especially the San Francisco 49ers.
Here’s a list of some players who will not make their respective rosters for the weekend games.
George Kittle, Cam Akers, and Michael Thomas ruled out of upcoming NFL games
San Francisco 49ers are not taking any risks, having ruled out star tight end George Kittle for the weekend game against the New York Giants. The MetLife Stadium has not been kind to the 49ers. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan will not risk Kittle who is currently recovering from a knee injury.
In addition to Kittle, the 49ers have also been hit with multiple injuries to star players. Nick Bosa was ruled out for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury. RB’s Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert are also out for the game against New York Giants on Sunday, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also misses out. Backup QB Nick Mullens is set to start for the first time this season.
Week 3 injury round-up:
* Michael Thomas: Out
* Davante Adams: Doubtful
* Julio Jones: Game-time decision
* George Kittle: Out
* Kenny Golladay: Questionable
* Darren Waller/Josh Jacobs: Questionable
* Cam Akers: Out
* A.J. Brown: Out
* Henry Ruggs III: Out
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 25, 2020
Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints hit with injuries
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints will be without all-star wide receiver Michael Thomas for the second week running. The Saints host the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week Three.
The visitors will also most-likely miss out on the services of experienced wideout, Davante Adams. Head Coach Matt LaFleur said he was a ‘doubt’ for Sunday’s away game.
A major factor behind this epidemic of injuries could be the shorter pre-season schedule, which was a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of seven players suffered season-ending ACL tears last week, including Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
Let’s hope Gameweek Three is better for teams across the NFL, injury-wise.