Preseason Week 2 Injury Aftermath
ompiled by Andrew Potter
In week 2 of the preseason, we're still focussing solely on injuries which will definitely affect the 2015 regular season. Unfortunately, this means another rash of major injuries to key players.
Packers Receiver Jordy Nelson -- Knee (IR)
The biggest loss of the 2015 preseason so far, Jordy Nelson will miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. A key component of Green Bay's passing game, Nelson has ranked second in DYAR in three of the past four seasons and been in the top ten by DVOA in each of those four years. His place in the starting lineup is expected to be filled by Davante Adams, whose -9.0% DVOA ranked 59th in 2014.
Steelers Center Maurkice Pouncey -- Ankle
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey broke his left fibula against Green Bay. The injury occurred when Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix rolled onto the back of Pouncey's leg. Pouncey will require surgery, ruling him out for at least two months, and he may miss the entire 2015 season. Cody Wallace is expected to start in the meantime.
Panthers Defensive End Frank Alexander -- Achilles (IR)
Less than a week after losing star receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season, the Carolina Panthers have now lost a projected starter on the defensive side too. Defensive end Frank Alexander, who missed 14 games last year through suspension but was expected to start for the team this year, tore his Achilles against Miami and will miss the entire 2015 season. Kony Ealy is expected to start in Alexander's stead.
Giants Safety Bennett Jackson -- Knee (IR)
Only in the game in the second half because of the team's already-lengthy list of secondary injuries, Bennett Jackson tore his ACL tackling a Jaguars tight end and will miss the entire 2015 season. Jackson was expected to start for the Giants this year, having recently converted from cornerback to safety. Recent free agent signing Justin Currie was also lost for the year, as he broke his right ankle and fibula covering a kickoff.