Perhaps no injury this year was as devastating to a team or demoralizing to a fanbase as the knee injury to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams. The same game the second-year player helped the Eagles clinch a playoff berth, he tore his ACL. The knee injury brought a cruel end to what could have been an MVP season for Wentz.
Sports fans love to see what amazing feats the human body is capable of, but when athletes fully exert themselves, injuries are inevitable. Every fan is familiar with that gut-wrenching feeling of seeing one of your favorite players down on the ground in pain. And as players get bigger, stronger, and faster, collisions between athletes get more violent and potentially more dangerous.
2017 seems to be a particularly bad year for star players sustaining severe injuries, in some cases ending championship aspirations for their teams. The Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants made the 2016 NFL playoffs but all could easily miss the 2017 postseason after losing their franchise players for extended periods of time.
The NBA’s Boston Celtics looked poised to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference championship, but that will likely be much harder to accomplish after they had lost prized free agent signing Gordon Hayward, who suffered a gruesome broken ankle on opening night.
Several former MLB MVPs missed weeks of the season with injuries, and the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL are struggling to replicate the success of their 2016-2017 season with their two leading point-scorers from that season sidelined.
To determine the most devastating sports injuries of 2017, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed injury data from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB and determined which players’ absences had the largest negative impact on their team both in terms of the skill level of the player and the time they have missed or will likely miss. These are the most devastating sports injuries we saw in 2017.