In most leagues, the season is over. The trophy has been handed out. You've won, or you've lost and hopefully had some fun along the way. There is at least one league left playing: The NFL.
Injuries have been a big part of the NFL this season, as always. Concussions are slightly down, but there's plenty of work left to do there, starting with the failings of the concussion policy itself. ACL injuries are up, but the majority are non-contact injuries, so there's not much the NFL can do to reduce those, though prevention programs could help.
Instead, I'd point toward the Philadelphia Eagles. I've told you all season that their sports science focus would pay off, and here at the end of the season it is. The team doesn't appear to be slowing, and its injury count is among the lowest in the league. Nick Foles was able to fill in for Michael Vick when he had a minor injury and hasn't looked back.
The Eagles' opponents have been decimated. In the last few weeks, they have missed Aaron Rodgers, Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson and now maybe Tony Romo. You can call that luck if you want. I have a feeling that a lot of teams will be looking to see whether they can implement a similar program soon, which will be good for the NFL.
The NFL will never be injury free, but for all the money it makes, it still loses billions to injuries and actively makes its product worse. Maybe the tide is turning, and we'll have a better, healthier NFL in 2014 and beyond. For now, let's look around the league...