(Yahoo!) In the opening moments of the NFL schedule's second Sunday of action, a star-studded injury list seemed to grow by the second. Some players returned, but others weren't so fortunate.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was the first to be ruled out, suffering a non-contact left leg injury that appeared among the worst of the bunch. His departure was soon followed by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green's toe injury, Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno's elbow injury, Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson's shoulder injury and so on and so on.
Former Pro Bowlers Green and Jackson along with Moreno were all sidelined for the rest of their games.
Frank Schwab has more on Griffin, who was carted off in an air cast midway through the first quarter of Washington's undermanned 41-10 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Moments later, Jackson fell hard on his left shoulder on a hit while trying to haul in a pass from Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters afterwards Griffin suffered a dislocated left ankle and Jackson sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder, leaving Washington without two top playmakers for the time being.
On Cincinnati's opening drive, Green limped to the sideline before ever seeing a ball thrown his way. Originally listing him as questionable to return with a right toe issue, the Bengals later ruled out their top wide receiver for the game. Green was also nursing a right foot injury all week.
Moreno dislocated his left elbow in an ugly incident when Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham's knee collided with the Dolphins running back's arm on his first carry during Miami's 29-10 loss to Buffalo. Moreno is expected to sit out the next month, according to ProFootballTalk.
Meanwhile, in the first round of Week 2 games on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys lost wide receiver Dez Bryant to an apparent shoulder injury and the Bills saw versatile running back C.J. Spiller go down with a left leg issue on the opening kickoff, but both returned in the first half.
A wild day of NFL injuries didn't subside after the 1 p.m. contests, as five former Pro Bowl selections found themselves on the sideline later Sunday.
Kansas City Chiefs teammates Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry left with ankle injuries in the first half and were later ruled out against the Denver Broncos. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy reportedly sufferred a broken hand against the St. Louis Rams. Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson left briefly to get his bleeding chin patched up against the Oakland Raiders. And San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was carted off with a knee injury after fumbling late against the Seattle Seahawks.
The injuries didn't stop there. Perhaps a Pro Bowler in waiting, Rams do-everything 2013 first-round pick Tavon Austin also suffered an apparent knee injury. He left his game in the first quarter when Bucs safety Marc Barron landed awkwardly on his back after a dropped pass. New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker at least made it to the fourth quarter, ultimately departing with a hamstring injury that left him doubtful to return with his team trailing the Green Bay Packers by a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The injuries sent coaching staffs scrambling on the sideline to adjust their game plans all day, and that noise you heard from home Sunday was probably a fantasy owner's remote control smashing his TV.