5 NFL Injuries Sure to Hurt Teams in the Playoffs

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5 NFL Injuries Sure to Hurt Teams in the Playoffs
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The fact that many of the 2012 playoff-bound NFL teams are relatively injury-free is not a coincidence, as injuries to key players can turn an elite squad into a pushover.

However, that is not to say this year's postseason clubs are entirely healthy.

It is also important to remember that active players with lingering injuries can be limited, as well.

Using criteria such as available and effective backups, injuries at key skill positions and severity of the injury in question, the following players' injuries will certainly hurt their teams' Super Bowl aspirations, ranked in order from least to most concerning.

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