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NFL Lines – Top 5 Banged Up Teams

Posted by Brett Nielson on 9/27/2011 10:41:57 AM

After 3 full weeks of NFL lines matches, there have been multiple squads that have lost key players to injuries. Here are the top five teams that have been bit the hardest by the injury bug.

5. Philadelphia Eagles
Starting NFL lines quarterback Michael Vick suffered a concussion during his team’s 35-31 loss to the Falcons during week 2, forcing him to leave the game in the second half. After Vick left the game, Matt Ryan and his falcons took full advantage of their good fortune and turned the table on the Eagles. Now, Vick has also broken his right hand, causing speculation that he will be sidelined for three weeks. Losing your starting quarterback is always a tough misfortune to deal with, never mind when your quarterback is currently on a hot streak and is one of the league’s best. Furthermore, the Eagles might be in even deeper trouble with Vick out due to concussion issues as backup Vince Young is still recovering from a hamstring injury, whilst starting Mike Kafka would not offer much for the Eagles in terms of offensive production.

4. New York Giants
Terell Thomas, the Giants’ best cornerback, is currently on the injured reserve and will miss this NFL lines season due to a torn ACL. His defensive presence was sorely missed during Week 1 when Rex Grossman and the Washington Redskins shredded the Giants to pieces. As well, promising rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara is also currently undergoing a lengthy recovery after injuring his foot during pre-season. Additional losses to the Giants’ defensive corps include linebacker Jonathan Goff, tight end Justin Tuck and defensive end Osi Umenyiora. In the offensive department, receivers Domenik Hixon (torn ACL) and Mario Manningham (concussion) both suffered injuries during last Sunday’s game.

3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs do not boast a lengthy injury list, but one that is replete with players crucial to the team’s success. Running back Jamaal Charles was recently added to their Injured Reserve that already includes safety Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki. Charles is arguably the team’s most valuable player, and is definitely the fulcrum of their offense. He will be sorely missed, especially as the Chiefs operate with a rather weak passing game, as opposed to their running game through elite tailback. On defense, Eric Berry will also be missed, as he is one of the NFL’s best safeties, and thus a big part of their defensive corps.

2. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts without Manning can be easily compared to a fish without water. Not much needs to be said to understand this team’s injury troubles. The Colts are terribly missing their offensive leader and passing maestro. If Manning does return at some point this season, look for the Colts to already be out of the playoff race by a few miles. Middle linebacker Gary Brackett is also out injured, while defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney are currently fighting to reach full health.

1. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are without a doubt the team that has been hardest hit by injuries this NFL lines season. Their injury list includes starters linebackers Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, receiver David Gettis, defensive tackle Ron Edwards, and offensive tackle Geoff Schwartz. Joining these starters on the injury list are guard Duke Robinson, tackle Garry Williams, tight end Gary Barnidge, center Zach Williams, and cornerback Cletis Gordon.

Thomas Davis had recently torn his ACL for third time in his career during his team’s loss to the Greenbay Packers. Meanwhile, Jon Beason is one of the league’s best defensive players, but will be out for the remainder of the season due to an Achilles heel injury. Wide receiver David Getts meanwhile will be sorely missed as he was expected to provide most of the spark to the Panthers’ passing game, whilst his replacement Legedu Naanee has failed to impress thus far.

Click here for the full article from Bleacherreport.

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