No starting quarterbacks injured or benched in Week One for first time since 2011

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The NFL got a piece of good news to start the 2020 season: All 32 starting quarterbacks made it out of Week One unscathed.

No quarterbacks suffered serious injuries in Week One, and no quarterbacks were benched, either. That means 2020 is poised to be the first season since 2011 when all 32 quarterbacks who started Week One also started Week Two.

For all the concerns that this highly unusual offseason would result in more injuries, if anything the opposite has been true at the league’s most important position: No quarterbacks were injured in the first game this year, and the last time that happened was during the 2011 season, when the offseason was cut short by a work stoppage.

Last year there were two starting quarterback changes in the first week of the season: Jaguars Week One starter Nick Foles was injured and replaced by Gardner Minshew, and Jets Week One quarterback Sam Darnold was sick and replaced by Trevor Siemian.

12 responses to “No starting quarterbacks injured or benched in Week One for first time since 2011

  1. Baker Mayfield should have been. The best pass I seen him throw was on the HULU commerical and that was not his body.

  2. Can we all agree by Q3 Sunday a QB change will happen in Chicago? No way Bears watch 3 quarters of unwatchable football again.

  3. Just wondering if the very low number of holding calls had anything to do with it. When O-Linemen sense that holding won’t be called, they tend to hold more, so the QBs got more protection in the pocket.

  4. tripoli18 says:
    September 17, 2020 at 9:05 am
    Can we all agree by Q3 Sunday a QB change will happen in Chicago? No way Bears watch 3 quarters of unwatchable football again.

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    No, we don’t agree, my bandwagon fan friend. Winning a quarter of football is irrelevant. Winning the game as a road underdog while throwing the winning TD pass is relevant.

  5. It’s really amazing how baseline QB talent has improved over the last few years. In 2017, DeShone Kizer, Trevor Siemian, Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, Blake Bortles, and Tom Savage were all starting QBs. Not to mention late-career Eli or Flacco. A couple years earlier it was even worse – Geno Smith, Ryan Mallett, Zach Mettenberger, Matt Cassel, Mike Glennon were all starting QBs. The consensus worst starting QB in the league right now, Trubisky, is head and shoulders better than any of those losers.

  6. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    September 17, 2020 at 8:33 am
    We have seen the end of the preseason as we know it.

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    I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I honestly wouldn’t mind that one bit. I know this has been a crazy year in every way imaginable, but it seems like football was just here all of a sudden and the games counted! I was still able to keep up on the team in the off-season, and didn’t miss seeing the new players and the soon-to-be-cut players one bit play in the meaningless games. And the quality of play didn’t seem to suffer too much, either.

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