Hide your legs, everyone. Christmas messed with the wrong people this year and came with a bunch of broken legs. Several teams suffered devastating blows to their Super Bowl hopes and many fantasy teams limped their way to a second place finish on Championship Weekend. Here’s a look at what went wrong in Week 16:
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hoped to skip into the playoffs and lead his team to a Super Bowl. Instead, he’ll limp his way (at best) into an operating room to repair a broken fibula and a high ankle sprain. He is undoubtedly out for the rest of the season, but should be ready for the start of the 2017 season. It’s a tough blow for the Raiders, who will go into the playoffs for the first time in a long time…with Matt McGloin at quarterback.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Another quarterback, another broken leg. Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered the same injury as Derek Carr, a broken fibula with a high ankle sprain, on a play that looked almost the same. Like Carr, he’ll miss the rest of the season but should be ready for 2017. The Titans will go forward with Patriots Legend Matt Cassel at quarterback for Week 17.
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
Running back Carlos Hyde will miss the final game of a rough 49ers season after suffering an MCL sprain during Week 16. Based on how it looked on the field, an MCL sprain is actually good news for Hyde and the 49ers when looking ahead to next season, as ACL damage requires a much longer recovery period.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
Exciting Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett had a very unexciting end to his 2016 season, suffering two broken bones in his leg. He fractured both the tibia and fibula in his leg and while players have been able to come back from this injury, it is a long and arduous rehab process that may take some of his 2017 season to get through. For now, he can be tentatively expected back for the beginning of the 2017 season, but setbacks are common in the recovery from this injury.
Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
It wouldn’t be an NFL season without a season-ending injury to running back Ryan Mathews. This year, it’s a cervical disc herniation that will keep him on the bench. Mathews suffered the injury on the base of his neck and will need surgery to stabilize it. Under a normal recovery, a player would be ready well in advance of 2017 training camp, but with Mathews propensity for injury and slow healing, he’s someone to keep an eye on heading into the next season.