Patriots QB Tom Brady went from the disappointment of a Super Bowl loss to the devastation of an injury that could keep him out the rest of the season.
After missing the preseason with a foot injury, Brady left Sunday's opener against the Chiefs in the first quarter after being hit on the left leg by S Bernard Pollard.
NFL.com reported that Brady had damage to his ACL and MCL in his left knee, and the team feared that its star quarterback would be out for the season. Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC said the injury was "serious" and Yahoo.com reported that the injury was a torn ACL, a season-ending injury.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP was not available for comment after the game, and coach Bill Belichick said he had nothing to add to the announcement that it was a knee injury.
The Chiefs also lost starting QB Brodie Croyle on a sack in the third quarter. The Kansas City Star said he had a separated right shoulder.
QB SMITH INJURY: 49ers QB Alex Smith could find out today whether his latest shoulder injury will end his season and his tenure with the team. The former No.1 overall pick was added to the injury report Friday after feeling pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder.
EVERETT HONORED: Former Bills TE Kevin Everett was honored at halftime of Buffalo's opener, less than a year after he had a life-threatening spinal cord injury during a game. The former Miami standout walked on the field to receive the Professional Football Writers of America's George Halas Award, given to the person in the NFL who overcame the most adversity to succeed in the previous season.
NO OCHO CINCO: Bengals WR Chad Johnson went by that name as the league decided not to allow him to put his new name on his jersey for the time being. Johnson, who wears No.85, legally changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco (Spanish for eight five) in Florida, where he lives. Commissioner Roger Goodell said there were licensing issues to be dealt with including sales of replica jerseys.
BILLS:Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters passed his physical and will begin practicing this week after ending his holdout Saturday.
BRONCOS: Former Miami LB D.J. Williams signed a five-year extension worth $32-million, $13-million of it guaranteed, the Rocky Mountain News reported.
JETS:Mike Nugent left in the first quarter with a thigh injury, leaving New York without a kicker until he returned in the second half.
SEAHAWKS: WR Nate Burleson limped off midway through the third quarter after hurting his left knee.
STEELERS: S Anthony Smith was unexpectedly placed on the inactive list.
TITANS: QB Vince Young sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter and had crutches afterward. Coach Jeff Fisher said he didn't think the injury was serious.