2021 NFL QB Injuries: Updates on Carson Wentz, Andy Dalton, more

2021 NFL QB Injuries: Updates on Carson Wentz, Andy Dalton, more originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season brought a number of injuries to high-profile starting quarterbacks around the league.

First, Miami Dolphins starter Tua Tagovailoa had to be helped off the field and was carted to the locker room early in the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Tagovailoa was replaced by Jacoby Brissett.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Tagovailoa suffered bruised ribs and X-rays were negative. On Monday, Pelissero reported that tests revealed no major issues.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores told reporters on Monday that Tagovailoa is considered “day to day” with a rib injury.

Chicago Bears starter Andy Dalton came up limping after scrambling for 14 yards on the first play of the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bears first-round pick Justin Fields replaced Dalton and finished the series.

Dalton returned for the Bears’ next possession but left after one series and headed to the locker room. Initial tests on Dalton’s knee showed no ACL tear and no MCL damage, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He has a bone bruise and his status for Week 3 is up in the air.

Houston Texans starter Tyrod Taylor was having an outstanding day against the Cleveland Browns, completing 10-of-11 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing), before suffering a hamstring injury. Taylor was declared out for the game and Houston backup Davis Mills replaced him.

Taylor will be sidelined for “a while” and could end up on IR, according to Pelissero. Despite Taylor’s injury, Deshaun Watson still won’t be active against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, David Culley told reporters on Monday.

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr had a defender roll into his legs on a touchdown pass in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carr was able to walk off the field and was evaluated in the medical tent for a while before re-entering the game and helping the Raiders pick up a 26-17 win.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said on Monday that Carr underwent an MRI on his ankle and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. But Gruden thinks his starting QB will be ready to go.

Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz appeared to have his right ankle rolled up on a sack in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz limped off the field in visible pain and frustration and backup QB Jacob Eason was seen warming up with about seven minutes remaining in the game. 

Wentz had thrown for 247 yards and one touchdown before injuring his ankle. Rapoport reported on Monday that Wentz is dealing with injuries to both his right and left ankle, and he’s having tests to determine the severity of the sprains.

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