The injury bug was out in full force during Week 1. A number of promising players — including Doug Baldwin, Greg Olsen and Delanie Walker — had to leave the first game of the 2018 NFL regular season with troublesome injuries.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly left the contest late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. He was a hyperextended knee, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. Kuechly said he would be “fine.”
Offensive lineman Daryl Williams was carted off the field with a knee injury. Williams had been battling a knee issue all offseason.
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The best photos and moments from NFL Week 1
The best photos and moments from NFL Week 1
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 9: Wide receiver Paul Richardson #10 of the Washington Redskins makes a catch over defensive back Jamar Taylor #28 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Wide receiver Chris Conley #17 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches the ball for the first down in the third quarter against cornerback Trevor Williams #24 of the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after running the ball in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kevin Johnson #30 of the Houston Texans deflects a pass intended for Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Trent Taylor #81 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Pierre Garcon #15 of the San Francisco 49ers attempts to catch the ball over defender Mike Hughes #21 of the Minnesota Vikings in the second half of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Chris Thompson #25 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by defensive back Tre Boston #33 and defensive back Jamar Taylor #28 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Sep 9, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) is tackled after catching a pass by Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan (37) and cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 9, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) catches a pass and dives across the goal line for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Aug 30, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; A stadium security guard stands with her hand over her heart as Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall (54) and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) sit in silent protest during the national anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals during a pre season game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills stiff arms linebacker Za'Darius Smith #90 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Odell Beckham Jr.#13 of the New York Giants and Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars exchange jerseys after their game at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jaguars defeated the Giants 20-15. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Houston Texans 27-20 at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots makes a touchdown reception during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Brandon Williams #98 pretends to photograph teammate linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens after his sack on quarterback Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills (not pictured) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Delanie Walker dislocates ankle in bizzare loss
The Tennessee Titans may be without tight end Delanie Walker for a while. Walker suffered a gruesome leg injury during the team’s bizarre 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. With three minutes left in the contest, a Dolphins defender fell on Walker’s right ankle while making a tackle. Walker was carted off the field with his leg in an air cast. Walker caught four passes for 52 yards before leaving with the injury.
Walker dislocated his ankle on the play, and could miss the entire season.
#Titans TE Delanie Walker suffered a dislocated ankle in today’s loss vs the #Dolphins, I’m told. There was also an associated fracture. His season is almost certainly over, a tough injury for an underrated and productive player.
Walker wasn’t the only injury for the Titans. Quarterback Marcus Mariota was replaced by Blaine Gabbert due to an elbow issue.
Aaron Rodgers returns after injury scare
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears due to a knee injury. Rodgers left the contest after he was sacked in the second quarter. After being examined in a tent on the sideline, Rodgers was carted to the locker room. He was able to return to the game in the third quarter.
Leonard Fournette thinks he’ll be OK after hamstring injury
The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled out a win in Week 1 despite losing star running back Leonard Fournette for the entire second half. Fournette left Sunday’s 20-15 win over the New York Giants with a hamstring injury in the second quarter. He did not return to the game. Fournette finished the contest with 41 rushing yards and 14 receiving yards.
Marquise Goodwin and DeSean Jackson don’t return after injuries
San Francisco 49ers wideout Marquise Goodwin was held without a catch during the team’s 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Goodwin left the contest with a quad injury after his first target. He was able to return for a series, but failed to return after that.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s promising day was cut short due to a concussion. Jackson was in the midst of a dominant performance before leaving the game. He hauled in five passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the 48-40 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Patriots lose Jeremy Hill in third quarter
The New England Patriots lost running back Jeremy Hill to a knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Houston Texans. Hill finished the game with 25 yards on four carries.