Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers sustained a concussion during the Packers week 5 matchup agains the Washington Redskins and will miss their next game. This is another big loss for the Packers, but this is also the life of the NFL.
Injuries make the NFL unpredictable. Every year a team comes out of nowhere to make the playoffs. On the other side, every year a "juggernaut" slips and misses the playoffs. This is often due to a key player going down injured. No one could predict who that will be every season, and nobody wants to.
The list of key players going down and ruining their teams chances is a long one. The 1999 New York Jets were said to be Super Bowl favorites, those hopes were ruined when QB Vinny Testerverde tore his ACL during week 1. The Patriots, Super Bowl contenders every year this decade, had their 2008 season ruined by a Tom Brady torn ACL suffered during week 1. The Steelers were undone by Troy Polamalu being in and out of the lineup last season.
Injuries are a week in week out thing in the NFL. No team comes through an entire season with everyone intact. The key for teams is how they overcome those injuries, do they simply patch the whole for a few weeks, or do they need a backup to step up big for the duration of the season?
Here are five injuries that could cost their teams games during week 6.