Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel, and More: NFL Week 3
The NFL season begins in earnest on Thursday night, and the first game of the season features the St. Louis Rams at the Denver Broncos.
The Rams and Broncos were supposed to be the first two games of the year, but the Rams were dealt a massive blow in the preseason, with injuries to key players including running back Todd Gurley.
Now the Rams have to contend with injuries and the Broncos have a new head coach.
The Broncos have the first pick in the first round, so that could be a boon to them.
There are also a lot of high-profile injuries that could affect the team, as well.
Here’s a look at the Sts and the Rams: St. Paul Saints (4-4): Offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper is out for the season with a torn meniscus.
Defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who is recovering from a torn Achilles, will miss the first three games of next season.
Defensive end Charles Johnson will miss three to five weeks with a knee injury, while linebacker Nick Hayden will miss six to nine weeks with knee surgery.
LBs Dannell Ellerbe and DeMarcus Lawrence, the two most talented linebackers in the NFL, will be out for at least six to eight weeks with various knee injuries.
LB Brian Cushing will miss four to six weeks with an injury to his knee.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy is out with a sprained MCL.
LB Keenan Lewis and DE Charles Harris will miss two to four weeks with injuries.
RB Christian McCaffrey will miss at least four to five games with a shoulder injury.
Safety Deion Jones will miss five to six games with an ankle injury.
WR Michael Floyd is out again with a foot injury.
RB Frank Gore will miss one to two games with calf and knee injuries, while WR Chris Hogan is out.
WRs Allen Hurns and Kenny Britt will both miss three or four weeks.
LB Dont’a Hightower is out, with a fractured right fibula.
TE Eric Ebron is out of the lineup for the first time this season.
LB K.J. Wright will miss seven to nine games with surgery on his foot.
DEs Michael Brocker and Terrance Knighton, both key players in the Saints defense, are out for four to eight months with a concussion.
DE Will Smith will miss a few games with neck and knee surgery, while DE Akiem Hicks will miss eight to 10 weeks with concussion.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro is out due to a torn ACL.
CBs Byron Maxwell, Tramaine Brock, Eric Rowe and Jairus Byrd will miss some games due to injury.
LB Stephone Anthony, LB Anthony Barr and DT Ryan Ramczyk will miss more than a month with injuries, according to Pro Football Focus.
LB Jonathan Cyprien and LB D.
J Walker will miss nine to 12 weeks with hamstring injuries.
TE Julius Thomas and WRs Kenny Britt, Dez Bryant, A.J.: Cooper, and Travis Kelce will be sidelined for at most four weeks due to injuries.
DE Charles Johnson, who was expected to make his first start for the Rams in Week 4, will not be able to play for the team.
LB Wesley Woodyard, who has been the team’s leading tackler for the past three seasons, will start at defensive end for the Saints.
CB Tramain Jacobs will start in place of Johnson, with CB Desmond King the starter at safety.
Safety Dashon Goldson and S Eric Reid are expected to start at corner, while S Alec Ogletree will start as a rookie.
LB Brandon Browner will start on the outside for the Broncos.
Safety Landon Collins will start over the injured K.D. Cannon.
TE Michael Campanaro, who had surgery on a knee last month, is expected to return to practice for the second straight week.
CB Bradley Roby will miss his second straight game.
J, who missed the season opener due to an injury, will make his second start of the regular season.
WR Will Fuller, who made a name for himself during the Rams’ run to the NFC title game last season, will have his best performance of the preseason.
WR Tyler Lockett, who caught 24 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, will play his first game in nearly a year.
DE Mario Edwards Jr. will start the season on the physically unable to perform list.
DE Jonathan Feliciano is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.
DE Robert Quinn will miss between two and four weeks recovering from shoulder surgery.
DE Chris Long will miss time with a rib injury.
DT Michael Brockley will miss all of the offseason with a broken bone in his right foot.
DT Karlos Dansby, who signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Rams this offseason, will likely miss at most three to four games with his knee injury.
TE Jared Cook is