Bills Fans React to Nick Chubb’s Devastating Knee Injury on Monday Night Football
For some Buffalo Bills fans, Nick Chubb’s devastating knee injury on Monday Night Football evoked some bad memories.
Recalling Past Monday Night Football Injuries
The Cleveland Browns running back was carted off the field during his team’s September 18 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, marking the third consecutive Monday Night Football game that saw a major medical event. Last week’s game saw Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffer a torn Achilles against the Bills, and last year’s final Monday Night Football game is one Bills fans will never forget—the on-field collapse of Damar Hamlin that led to a long hospital stay and a canceled game.
Other Bills fans recalled a very similar injury suffered by a past Buffalo running back, which offered a glimmer of hope for the long recovery Chubb could now face.
Chubb’s Injury and Fans’ Trauma
Chubb was hurt in the second quarter of Monday’s game, going down hard after being tackled by Minkah Fitzpatrick. His injury was so severe that the Monday Night Football broadcast opted not to show replays, which led some Bills fans to recall the trauma of Hamlin’s collapse.
“Announcers won’t show Nick Chubb’s injury but will replay Damar Hamlin dying on the field?” one fan shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Circumstances of Recent Monday Night Football Games
As CBS News noted, the crowd audibly gasped when a replay was shown inside the stadium. Others pointed out the strange circumstances of the last three Monday Night Football games, with a significant injury in each and the Bills involved in two of the three.
Comparisons to Willis McGahee’s Injury
Interestingly, others noted that Chubb’s injury was reminiscent of another former Bills running back, Willis McGahee. In his final season at the University of Miami, while playing in the Fiesta Bowl, McGahee suffered a nearly identical knee injury but was able to recover and was later drafted by the Bills.
The comparison to McGahee gave hope to some fans, as the running back was able to recover and went on to have a successful NFL career.
The Fear of Chubb Being Out for the Season
While there was no immediate prognosis for Chubb, the severity of the injury led to immediate speculation that he could miss the remainder of the season. Analyst Troy Aikman even stated that the injury was “as bad as you can imagine.”
Furthermore, Chubb had previously struggled with the same knee during his time in college, adding to concerns about his recovery.
At the time of his injury, Chubb had 10 carries for 64 yards. The Browns, who were looking to move to 2-0, will need to find a way to adjust without their star running back.
Overall, Bills fans are hoping for the best and are keeping a close eye on Chubb’s recovery as they understand the impact such injuries can have on a player’s career and team’s performance.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. The information presented here is not intended to provide medical advice or treatment.
Nathan Dougherty is a sports reporter covering the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions for Heavy. Previously, he wrote for the Rochester Business Journal and served as the assistant editor of athletic trade magazines Coaching Management, Athletic Management, and Training & Conditioning. He is based out of Rochester, New York, and loves everything football.