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Injuries open the door for four rookie quarterbacks, and counting

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles watches action during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

If all NFL starting quarterbacks had remained healthy through the first two weeks of the regular season, no rookie quarterbacks currently would be playing. Instead, four rookies will start this weekend. And counting.

It started during Week Three of the preseason, when Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebrate. Enter fourth-rounder Dak Prescott.

Then, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a fluke knee injury. Four days later, the Eagles shipped starter Sam Bradford to Minnesota. Bradford would have been the Week One starter but for the trade; his absence opened the door for first-rounder Carson Wentz.

Next, the Browns went through two quarterbacks in two games, making the next very-young-man-up third-rounder Cody Kessler — a fresh-faced unrecognizable face who may join the ranks of the walking wounded before anyone figures exactly out who he is.

On the same day, Patriots replacement starter Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury. Third-rounder Jacoby Brissett will start on Thursday night.

In addition to the four rookies who are now playing, the NFL currently has more than a few non-franchise quarterbacks, which could be a factor in the unexpected dip in TV viewership this year. From Tyrod Taylor to Ryan Fitzpatrick to Ryan Tannehill to Blake Bortles to Trevor Siemian to Derek Carr to Kirk Cousins to Brian Hoyer to Blaine Gabbert to Case Keenum, there’s not an overabundance of current quarterback sizzle in the NFL.

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11 Responses to “Injuries open the door for four rookie quarterbacks, and counting”
  1. seattlelion says: Sep 22, 2016 6:16 PM

    Perhaps the dip in viewership is partially due to all the protesting if the national anthem. A very large percentage of viewers are disappointed in what is happening and refusing to watch anymore.

  2. eoyguy says: Sep 22, 2016 6:35 PM

    And Ryan Fitzpatrick is still kicking himself for caving and signing that deal with the jets…

  3. gromit45 says: Sep 22, 2016 6:36 PM

    I personally hope Kessler plays pretty decent. Decent would be a great improvement for the Browns and provide some fan hope. At least once or twice this year that Factory of Sadness could be a Factory of Gladness.

  4. asparatame says: Sep 22, 2016 6:40 PM

    But still no Jared Goff.

  5. dallashomer says: Sep 22, 2016 6:44 PM

    Don’t forget Brock Osweiler.

  6. gerard33 says: Sep 22, 2016 6:48 PM

    Not sure I agree with grouping Fitzpatrick and Carr with the likes of Hoyer and Keenum.. two are watchable, two aren’t.

  7. csiegert4 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:16 PM


    Why do you not believe Carr is a franchise QB? Or Cousins for that matter? At the end of the day though, there are only a few franchise QB’s – in any era – there are a lot more good to average ones.

    Just an odd statement there.

    If you want to talk about an underachieving, overrated, young QB – go after Luck.

  8. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 22, 2016 7:21 PM

    NFL really is lame this year

  9. guybushsghost says: Sep 22, 2016 9:19 PM

    Derek Carr, he who has the second most passing TDs in his first two years in the league, behind Marino? Are you sure you aren’t thinking about his older brother David?

  10. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 23, 2016 12:16 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    “NFL really is lame this year”

    It is pretty lame that the rat birds almost got SMOKED by the BROWNS!!! bwhhahahahhahahahah

  11. demskinsbaby says: Sep 24, 2016 11:14 AM

    Rookie QBs are benifiting from other teams injuries and none headed coaching. Dallas had NO business beating the Redskins. And if you football, you would know too.

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