It was a huge week in injuries as some of the top defensive players in the league went down.
Raiders OLB Khalil Mack - Foot fracture (6 weeks)
One of the best linebackers in the game and he goes down with a foot fracture. This injury will definitely hang over the heads of the Raiders defense as the list of injured players starts to pile up. The Raiders will need to stay on top of their game as the Broncos are trying to run away with the AFC West.
Disaster Rating: 6/10
Injuries are piling up and Mack is arguably the best linebacker in football.
Saints HB Adrian Peterson - Abdominal tear (5 weeks)
Peterson is still an extremely talented back and his loss will be felt on that Saints offense for the next five weeks. Luckily, the Saints have deep depth at the HB position but non quite up to par with Peterson's ability.
Disaster Rating: 5/10
Normally, a player of this caliber would get a higher rating but as I stated before, the Saints have a very deep backfield.
Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks - Shoulder tear (3 weeks)
Kendricks is a solid linebacker and Philly will miss him on the field for the next three weeks. The Eagles will still be able to compete, their next three games are: Chargers, Cardinals, Panthers
Disaster Rating: 4/10
This is a huge injury to the Eagle’s defense, luckily, it’s only three weeks.
Buccaneers HB Jacquizz Rodgers - Broken collarbone (6 weeks)
This injury has the chance to have an incredibly negative impact on the Bucs offense. With Doug Martin serving a suspension until his Week 7 return, Tampa Bay has to stick with their 3rd string HB.
Disaster Rating: 7/10
In such a competitive division, every game counts. Not having a solid HB for three weeks could be detrimental to the offensive flow for Tampa.
Bears RT Tom Compton - Dislocated hip (7 weeks)
This is another huge loss for the Bears offensive loss who are now without both starters on the right side. The NFC North is no joke, arguably one of the best and competitive divisions in the league. This is also a coach’s worst nightmare when thinking about protecting the second overall pick in Mitch Tribusky.
Disaster Rating: 8/10
You can’t just replace good offensive linemen, so this will be a challenge going forward over the next couple of weeks.
Titans OLB Brian Orakpo - Broke ribs (4 weeks)
Huge injury for the Titans defense in losing Orakpo. We’ll see if the defense will be able to pick up the pace a bit for the next four weeks. Speaking of which, here is the next four opponents for Tennessee: Texans, Dolphins, Colts, and Browns.
Disaster Rating: 4/10
Luckily, the injury is only four weeks and I believe the Tennessee defense can pick itself up in Orakpo's absence.
Seahawks OLB K.J. Wright - Foot fracture (6 weeks)
Another injury for the Seahawks this week as they lose a very good linebacker in K.J. Wright for six weeks. This defense is still elite but will have to make up some ground over the course of this injury.
Disaster Rating: 3/10
Seattle still has an incredibly talented defense but six weeks is a long time.