There are so many compelling, impactful injury stories this week that I could take this slideshow out to 15 if I wanted to. Instead, we'll focus on guys like Jake Locker, Rob Gronkowski and C.J. Spiller as we start Week 5 on the NFL schedule.
One thing that I noticed Sunday, and again Monday, is that the NFL's rule against allowing medical personnel to speak with the media is working against them. A common-sense usage, such as allowing the Titans to present someone besides a former lineman-turned-coach to help explain a complex situation with a hip injury to their franchise QB. The doctor or athletic trainer would do a vastly better job than Mike Munchak, though Munchak did as good a job as I've seen a coach do.
I also think that a network would do well to get someone in studio to help explain these. If having an ex-ref like Mike Pereira around to guess at replays works, why wouldn't having someone there who could explain the injuries that are vastly more important to whether a team wins or loses? Sure, Mike Florio can read about injuries as well as anyone, but he's a lawyer, not a doctor.
CBS recently had Dr. Neal ElAttrache, one of the top sports medicine doctors in the game, on its pregame show to help explain Robert Griffin's knee situation. Unfortunately, it gave ElAttrache less time on-air than Boomer Esiason, but it's a start. Injuries are more than just a "fantasy thing." The first network that gets that will get a big in-game advantage.
For now, on to the injuries: