CAROLINA CRISIS: THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOU By Michael...
Grips, Grunts and Groans
Last week, in fact, there were 150 players listed on the league’s injury report. But whether it’s a 16 game season or an 18-game season, players are still going to get hurt. Besides, football is a dangerous sport.
According to Sports Illustrated columnist Selena Roberts, “studies estimate that an NFL player will lose an average of one to three years of life expectancy for every year he spends in the league.”
Despite this disturbing fact, NFL players continue to put on those bulky shoulder pads and those shining helmets every Sunday and risk their lives in order to obtain fame and fortunes while placing their bodies in harm’s way.
And we, as fans, continue to cheer and watch these football fender benders. Because football, in its purest form, is a violent dance with death, where on-field collisions are compared to car crashes.
And just like seeing an accident along the highway, we pray that the people involved in them survive the ordeal.
With that said, I once heard a former NFL player say: “After every game, every player in the NFL is hurt or plagued with some type of nagging injury, but (you) must learn how to play with the pain.
I, for one, can see that pain on Brett Favre’s face as he hobbles on aging ankles, trying to win one more Super Bowl to seal his career.
And truthfully, it’s painful to watch.
It is like watching a heavy weight boxer, who doesn’t know when to call it quits, until he gets beaten into a bloody stupor.
But, for some odd reason, his ego refuses to let him good down, even though his legs already have.
Listed below are a few players, who are and have been injured so far this season. Many were out for a few games. Some are out for several weeks.
And others, unfortunately, are out for the entire season.
As the old cache’ goes: No pain; No gain. Here’s a partial look at some of the prominent players on the NFL’s disabled list.
1. Matt Moore (concussion) Panthers
2. Kevin Kolb (concussion) Eagles
3. Matthew Stafford (shoulder) Lions
4. Chris Jenkins (knee) Jets
5. Bob Standers (torn bicep tendon) Colts
6. Reggie Bush (broken leg) Saints
7. Ted Ginn Jr. (sprained MCL) 49ers
8. Max Sparks (high ankle strain) Steelers
9. Ryan Grant (ankle) Packers
10. DeMarcus Ware (neck/slight concussion) Cowboys
11. Darrelle Revis (hamstring) Jets
12. Deon Anderson (torn meniscus) Cowboys
13. Jake Delhomme (ankle) Browns
14. Early Doucet (sports hernia) Cardinals
15. Ryan Matthew (sprained ankle) Chargers
16. Donte’ Stallworth (foot) Ravens
17. Casey Hampton (Hamstring) Steelers
18. Leonard Weaver (season-ending knee injury) Eagles
19. Dennis Dixon (tore lateral meniscus) Steelers
20. Kevin Boss (concussion) Giants