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Being the violent sport that it is, it really should not come as a shock to anyone that football has…well…a lot of injuries. To make it through an entire year without missing a game or two due to a sprained this or a sore that is considered extremely lucky. And those are just the tiny, nagging injuries. The big ones tend to nab key players year in and year out. So which teams will be suffering most due to the not-so-bug-sized bites that the injury bug dishes out: Here are our 10 worst.
10. Clay Matthews-GB (Thumb). It’s unclear how long Clay will miss, which is why he’s so far down on this list. But as long as he’s off the field, the Packers defense is a hell of a lot less threatening.
9. Kapron Lewis-Moore- Bal (Knee). Lewis-Moore is going to be out for the entire season. The ex-Notre Dame defensive tackle was drafted in the sixth round and thought of as a late draft steal to help bolster a Baltimore defense that lost two key starters this offseason. Guess we’ll have to wait til next year to find out.
8. Michael Vick- Phi (Hamstring). The severity of what Vick’s injury means to Philadelphia as a whole will likely be determined by the play of young Nick Foles. If Foles performs well, Philly fans will forget Vick ever existed. If he fails, Eagle fans will be calling for a quick recovery or even worse, a start by Matt Barkley.
7. Roddy White- Atl (Hamstring/Ankle). White’s nagging injuries give Matt Ryan a lot less to work with. Now Ryan is missing two of his top three recievers. More on that later.
6. Nate Burleson- Det (Arm). Burleson’s injury came about during a car crash after as he selflessly put himself between danger and a box of pizza that he had purchased just moments earlier. Breaking his arm in the process, Burleson will miss the rest of the season. a pity considering Detroit’s offense operates best when Reggie Bush has another offensive playmaker to compliment. With Calvin Johnson‘s nagging injuries, Burleson would have been the next best thing.
Did he ever get to eat the pizza that he oh so heroically saved? …I’d like to think he did. But then again I’m glass half full.
5. Danny Amendola-NE (Concussion). Amendola’s absense in past weeks has robbed Brady of his second number one reciever this season. While Brady has made due with what he ’s given as he did back in the beginning of his career, one can only imagine how much better they’d be if their corps was at full strength.
4. EJ Manuel-Buf (LCL). Manuel is trying as fast as he can to get back on the field. And we can’t blame the Bills for waiting desperately for his return. Why? Well you’d be scared too if your choice of backups included Kevin Kolb Matt Leinart and Thaddeus Lewis.
3. Henry Melton/Nate Collins-Chi (ACL/Knee). I only list these two together because Collins was the next in line after Melton fell victim to an ACL injury. With both of these roster spots now vacant and Nose Tackle Stephen Paea out as well, the Bears are basically scrambling the streets of Chicago looking for guys to suit up this week.
2. Julio Jones- Atl (Foot). Jones’ injury is the reason Roddy White’s health problems are so troubling. One could argue that if one of those two is out that the team could manage fine. After all, Tony Gonzalez is still around. But both? Matt Ryan is good but two top tier recievers out is a lot of ground for even him to make up.
1. Rob Gronkowski- NE (Forearm). Gronk, much like Jones, is the reason Amendola’s absense is so mussed. Much like Roddy White. He is inarguably the best red zone target in the league and has established himself as an invaluable part of the Patriots organization especially now that your former 2nd string tight end is in handcuffs. As previously stated, it takes a lot to keep the Patriots from being good. But Gronk’s indefinite loss may keep them from greatness.
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This Sunday, 1 PM ET, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) travel to the Georgia Dome to face off the Atlanta Falcons (1-4). The Falcons have had a rough season so far with only win coming from a 31-24 win against the St. Louis Rams in week two. And the last five weeks the team has had to suffer devastating injuries from starters and have been forced to start players with minimal experience...
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