Every year, NFL franchises come into the new season with high hopes of potential Super Bowl glory. Some of them believe that they can go all the way. Others set less lofty goals but want to see progress from the previous year. However, any season-ending injury to a key player can ruin their hopes.
Football is a brutal sport and injuries can occur at any time. Sometimes they happen in the first couple of weeks and end a team’s season before they get started. They can also happen in the postseason and leave a team facing an uphill battle in the postseason. Check out the list below via The Sportster.
30. Brandon Brooks (2019)
The Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018 and their passionate fans expected more of the same. However, they failed to deliver the following year and a lot of that was down to Brooks’ injury. He made three straight Pro Bowl appearances and had another decent season. Then he dislocated his shoulder after Christmas and the Eagles’ offense crumbled like a cookie. Playing guard isn’t the sexiest position in football but it is crucial to a team’s success.
Philly scraped their way through the Wild Card round before losing the divisional game to the Saints. Brooks left a gaping hole in their offense (via The Athletic). It’s fair to say that he has had a rough few years since then. In 2020, he tore his Achilles. Then, in 2021 he did it again. His teammates describe him as one of the best and nicest players they’ve met, so it’s unfortunate.