There were some big injuries in week 5 of the NFL, but none will have a bigger impact on their teams than those of J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans and Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants. Both teams are struggling this season, and now they have lost their biggest stars for the rest of the year.
Beckham, the Giants' top wider receiver, injured his left angle after his lower left leg was pinned underneath a defender after he attempted to catch the ball. He was later examined and it was determined that he fractured his ankle and that it will require surgery later this week. Beckham will be out for the rest of the season.
But the bad day continues for the Giants as three other wide receivers went down in the same game. Brandon Marshall sprained his ankle, Sterling Shepard also limped off with an ankle injury, and Dwayne Harris fractured his foot, also ending his season. This meant the Giants had only 2 healthy receivers available for the fourth quarter of their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Giants are 0-5 and set to play the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium next Sunday evening. Harris was more of a special teams guy, but not knowing how long Marshall and Shepard will be out puts the team in a real bind. They team will likely have to either promote from the practice squad, make a trade, or sign free agents quickly to prepare for the game.
Moving to Texas now, Watt suffered a left leg injury while going after the Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith during the first quarter of their loss yesterday. He remained on the ground for some time before being slowly helped to the sideline by the medical personnel. He was then carted to the locker room to be examined, and then left the stadium in an ambulance. Later reports say Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg and will miss the rest of the season.
Unlike the Giants, the Texans have gone without Watt before. And at 2-3, they host the winless Cleveland Browns next week. But Watt is the face of the team and the heart of the defense. He raised millions of dollars for hurricane relief for the Houston area not long ago just by tweeting out to his followers.