Injuries, crimes and upsets have been the headlines in the National Football League (NFL) throughout the season so far. It has been a wild two weeks and although there are still 15 weeks remaining in the season, fans are already on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what will happen next in this unique NFL season.
Many big name players across the league have already suffered noticeable injuries.
A.J Green, the star wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, suffered an injury to a toe on his right foot and was forced to miss the rest of the game against the Atlanta Falcons, unsure of how much time he will miss in total.
The Miami Dolphins suffered a big blow with the loss of new free agent running back Knowshon Moreno after a gruesome hyperextension of his elbow in week two against their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills.
Not only injuries, but also crime has been running rampant through the NFL to start the season. Aside from the offseason DUI cases and other minor issues involving San Francisco 49ers’ defensive lineman Aldon Smith, the more serious issues have revolved around star running backs Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Jonathan Dwyer.
A video recently surfaced showing Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator, knocking her out in the process. Rice was initially suspended for two games but has now been suspended indefinitely from the NFL and the investigation will continue.
Dwyer has been accused of assaulting a 27-year-old woman as well as an 18-month-old child. Dwyer was placed on the non-football injury list and no further ruling will be made until more information is uncovered.
Peterson was charged with negligent injury to a child after he turned himself in for beating his son with a tree branch as punishment. Peterson was released on $15,000 bail after only one day and was cleared to play the next game. Unfortunately, Peterson has been charged again for the abuse of another of his children, so it is up to the courts and the NFL to decide the punishment for him. He is projected to be one of the top running backs of the season.
Adding to the suspense of the crimes and the tragedy of the injuries, the first two weeks have been filled with upsets. One of the most noticeable was the week two victory for the Cleveland Browns, led by quarterback Brian Hoyer, over the New Orleans Saints. The Browns were plagued with suspensions, injuries and a quarterback controversy, but they were able to pull off the almost miraculous upset victory.