It’s only week 2 in the NFL, but injuries are already playing a big role in the league’s outlook. The biggest week 1 injury was the one sustained by Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. The QB went down, and though he was able to come back out in the second half lead his team to a remarkable victory, he still announced he has a sprain of his knee. He made it clear that he could play if he did not practice, and now that has been confirmed by his coach Mike McCarthy. It’s easy to see why. The Packers need their star man, and his work in the video room will have been unhindered by the injury. So we should be seeing him take the field in Minnesota this weekend.
Another player that is still up in the air for this weekend is Leonard Fournette. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back stated that he only began to run on the injury on Friday, two days before their meeting with the New England Patriots in what could be preview of things to come. Fournette is a massive part of the Jags’ game plan due to the fact they play a smash mouth style of defense coupled with a conservative offensive approach. Without him and his yards on the ground, they could find it even tougher to outlast the defending AFC Champion Pats.
On to baseball, where the season is winding down. But that isn’t stopping the rumor mill from flowing about what could be next season. According to one report, multiple MLB executives have told him that the Philadelphia Phillies are favorites to bring in BOTH infielder Manny Machado AND outfielder Bryce Harper this winter in free agency. If they do so, the Phillies would instantly become favorites in the NL East due to the fact that they have a strong team at the moment that is second in the division and fighting for the Wild Card. Those two would be expected to come up big, and the team would, too, if they spend all that money in one offseason!
Another report states that the Los Angeles Angels will be looking to tie up outfielder Mike Trout for the rest of his career with a huge offer. Despite having Trout, who is considered the best all-around player in the game (he has been for some time now), they have yet to taste playoff success. But that isn’t stopping the team from looking to build around him. Nor should it. If they are going to succeed, they will need him. If you don’t keep him, he’d keep some other team into contention. Just a good common sense move there.