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    [2021] NFLHC Key Injuries: Week 3

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    Welcome to the week 3 edition of NFLHC Key Injury Report! This week, the key injuries are focused in Texas and the West Coast, as these teams deal with long term injuries. 

     

    Reynaldo Harris, FS, Houston Texans:texans:, Severe ACL Rupture

    Houston, we have a problem. The Texans lose their top free safety in Reynaldo Harris for the season. This is a huge blow to a solid secondary. Look for young Michael Bryan to step up in the loss of Harris. This may present issues not only for Bryan, but for Houston as well. Bryan is inexperienced, and not very talented, and that may cost Houston on pass defense, and ultimately, games.

     

    Nijrell Smith, OT, Los Angeles Rams:rams:, Severe Back Disc Tear

    The Rams can’t get a break. After two consecutive weeks of losing key players, the Rams lose another one. This time, they lose their best offensive tackle in Nijrell Smith. The Rams lose Smith for at least four weeks, with a possible return coming in week 9. The offensive tackle position was already thin for the Rams, so it will be interesting to see how they will adapt. Look for August Gilliland to fill in for Smith. Losing Smith also hinders an already mediocre offensive line as well. The biggest thing to watch now is to see if this offensive line can buy Murphy enough time to throw the ball.

     

    Michael McBride, DT, San Francisco 49ers:49ers:, Severe Achilles Rupture

    San Francisco’s front seven takes a hit this week. The 49ers lose their top defensive tackle in Michael McBride for the season with an achilles tear. However, the 49ers should be able to adapt and be able to fill in McBride’s spot and role. Look to Jeffrey Bryant to step up in place of McBride. Bryant should be able to do his job adequately. The only issue is how much his age will hinder him. Defensive tackle is a thin position for San Francisco, and having Bryant constantly on the field without having someone to sub in for him is going to spell doom for the defensive line.

     

    Eli Austin, WR, Arizona Cardinals:cardinals:, Severe ACL Rupture

    The Cardinals lose one of their best wide receivers for the season. Eli Austin is done after tearing his ACL. The Arizona offense will take a hit, but should continue to keep moving forward to what looks to be a nice season. The 2-1 Cardinals will still have top targets in receivers Marcus Banks and Ricky Chambers. The issue now is that with Austin gone, opposing defense can focus on stopping Banks and Chambers, and Arizona doesn’t look like it has the talent after that to alleviate the pressure off them. The trio of T-Rod, Banks, and Chambers are going to have to play out of their minds to carry the Cardinals offense.

     

    Onome Smith, FS, Seattle Seahawks:seahawks: , Severe ACL Rupture

    The Seahawks lose their starting free safety for the season. Onome Smith is done for the season after tearing his ACL. The secondary overall shouldn’t in panic mode, as they are carried by star cornerbacks Matt Cowan and John Queen. However, the safety position is in dire straits. Losing Smith means Edward Harrison has to step up. Harrison is not a talented safety, and it will be interesting to see how well he does to fill in. An even bigger issue for the free safety position is depth. If Harrison goes down, they have to look at cornerback Eric Houser to step in.

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