Every season there seems to be a theme or at least a fad that starts in week one and continues throughout the year. Whether it is the season of the rookie quarterback like we had last year, or the re-emergence of a particular defensive scheme, there are always new factors being introduced to the league that make it that much more interesting.
Injuries are a reoccurring theme every year, and this year the plot is getting thick pretty early in the story. No one wants to see a guy get hurt. Everyone cringes at the thought of losing a superstar or one of those key players that could shift the destiny of an entire team.
Names like Brian Urlacher, Matt Cassel, and Donovan McNabb have appeared on the injury report after week one, and each situation will have a definite impact on their team’s chances to make the playoffs.
With Troy Polamalu going down already in Pittsburgh, injuries are and should be on the mind of the Steelers and all who follow them. After all, the teams that manage to stay healthy usually have the best chance of hoisting a Lombardy Trophy at season’s end.
So then I pose this question: What five players must stay healthy this season for the Pittsburgh Steelers to have a chance of repeating as Super Bowl Champs?