Oftentimes a team's worst enemy isn't a foe on the schedule but the nasty emergence of the injury bug.
The defenses of both Carolina and Tampa Bay were decimated by injury last season. Even the NFC South's playoff teams, Atlanta and New Orleans, battled with injury in 2011. Atlanta lost Julio Jones for almost four games and had early issues on the offensive line while the Saints only had 11 games with Jonathan Vilma.
Injuries can alter the course of a season. And even though there's plenty of time between offseason workouts and the regular season, players that get hurt during the summer can have an impact.
Here are five early injuries that may affect teams in the division. They aren't the only five injuries thus far in offseason workouts, just the most potentially impacting to deal with.