How These 8 Player Injuries Will Affect NFL's Divisional Playoffs

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How These 8 Player Injuries Will Affect NFL's Divisional Playoffs
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Injured Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons.

Injuries in the NFL can be devastating to a team's Super Bowl aspirations. As the playoffs wear on, the competition gets tougher and the difference between winning and losing can be infinitesimal. A missed block here, a bad pass there and a team can go from Super Bowl contenders to spectators in a matter of 60 minutes. It's imperative that every team in the playoffs has as many healthy players on the field as possible, or else they will risk ending their 2012 campaigns earlier than desired.

However, it's an idealistic notion to expect every team to be healthy this weekend. In fact, there's not a single player out there that can accurately state that his body is 100 percent healthy heading into this weekend's divisional round. The NFL is a ruthless, physically demanding league that forces its participants to endure a grueling 16 game schedule. Guys are going to get banged up in the process.

Let's take a look at seven injured players whose health will greatly effect the overall performance of their respective teams, and in turn help determine who advances to the conference championship round.

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