This has been one of the most bizarre pre-season and first week for the National Football League. The Colts loose the season opener for the first time since 2004, Brett Favre returns from retirement and signs with the jets, also, many season-ending injuries that will indefinitly hurt the teams involved.
Lets start with the most obvious, Tom Brady. Brady was sacked by Cheif's safety, Pollard, and injured his left knee. The seriousness of this incident didn't come into play until the MRI on Monday confirmed that Tom Brady would not return for the season. Young quarterback, Matt Cassel, will take Brady's place behind center.
I'm sure we all have heard of Shawne Merriman, right? With 39.5 sacks since the 2005 season, its hard not to notice him. To the bad news; Merriman has informed the San Diego Chargers that he'll undergo surgery on his knee and will miss the remainder of the 2008 season. Shawne attempted to play on two torn ligaments and tears in both the posterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee. This was against four different doctors telling him not to. The road to the AFC west championship just got more difficult for the Chargers.
The Titan's are still waiting on word from their starring quarterback, Vince Young. Tests have been done to determine whether or not he'll return. Young was on crutches after getting injured in Sunday's win over the Jags.
Another injury that'll affect the NFL is Seattle's wide receiver Nate Burleson. An MRI Monday confirmed that he has a torn ligament in his knee. Burleson was injured after he tripped while trying to cut during a pass route in Sunday's loss. He recorded five receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown before going down for the game. Burleson will be out for the season also.
These are only some of the injuries that took place during the pre-season and first week. There are plenty more. So, could this be one of the most bizarre first few weeks of the NFL?