Any NFL player and fan knows that injuries are all part of the game, but it seems like this season has already had its share of devastating injuries. Even before the season started many key players fell victim to injuries that ended up cutting their seasons short. The list of players inflicted is quite extensive and full of many noteworthy names.
Some key players like A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Roddy White, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Keenan Allen, Arian Foster and Vernon Davis have all been banged up but should be able to play or miss at the most one game. Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Carson Palmer, is essentially day-to-day with a shoulder injury, while Tony Romo of the Cowboys continues to play with a back that could use some extended rest.
On the other hand, most players on this list will be out for more than one game. Many of these players have suffered season ending injuries, with one particular injury bad enough to threaten the player's career. It isn't easy replacing any of these NFL stars and the impact of most of these injuries is sure to effect each of the player's teams.
15 B.J. Raji (DT) - Green Bay Packers
14 Aaron Ross (CB) - Baltimore Ravens
13 Glenn Dorsey (DT) - San Francisco 49ers
12 Vick Ballard (RB) - Indianapolis Colts
11 Knowshon Moreno (RB) - Miami Dolphins
10 Charles Tillman (CB) - Chicago Bears
9 Jon Beason (LB) - NY Giants
8 Robert Griffin III (QB) - Washington Redskins
7 Nick Hardwick (C) - San Diego Chargers
6 Kiko Alonso (LB) - Buffalo Bills
5 Chris Long (DE) - St. Louis Rams
4 Mark Ingram (RB) - New Orleans Saints
3 Ryan Mathews (RB) - San Diego Chargers
2 Sam Bradford (QB) - St. Louis Rams
1 Sean Lee (LB) - Dallas Cowboys
Sean Lee has had a difficult time staying on the playing field for the Dallas Cowboys. Since becoming a starter in 2011, Lee has missed 16 games in three seasons and will be adding to that total in 2014. Lee tore his ACL in OTAs prior to the start of the season and will be out for the whole year. The signal caller of the Cowboys defense had 99 tackles, 6 passes defensed and 4 interceptions while playing in only 11 games last year. His leadership and ability to defend in the passing game as well as against the run will be sorely missed. Lee's loss is a big blow to the young Cowboys defense that needs to improve for the Cowboys to be a threat to win the NFC East.
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