Injuries happen in every sport, and they happen all the time. The most successful teams during a season are not necessarily the ones whose players avoid the injury bug, but the ones who can overcome heightened adversity attributed to depleted rosters.
In this slideshow, I discuss some injuries that could significantly impact the outcomes of Saturday’s games in Week 3. In other words, a win or a loss could hinge on the health of these players.
To limit the player pool in this slideshow, I have only selected players who were injured during their Week 2 games. Therefore, Week 3 would be the first time these teams would play without the players at full strength—or at all, in some cases. This makes the injury more important, because their teams have had less time to account for their injuries when splitting up reps in practice.
Also, I have only included players from teams that are facing like competition in Week 3, which I have decided is games with spreads within approximately two touchdowns (except Alabama at Arkansas). No FBS versus FCS matchups here.
Finally, this list includes only regular starters, as injuries to these players are more important. Players who have not played for disciplinary reasons are also not counted here.
Feel free to bring up any other players whose (possible) absences in Week 3 would really hurt their teams’ chances of winning, in the comments section below.
Rankings appear in the following order: No. AP poll/No. USA TODAY poll. Injury information collected from collegeinjuryreport.com and updated through Sept. 13, 2012.