The 10 Most Gruesome Injuries of the 2010 NFL Season

Jack London@@Londonbridges21Correspondent IOctober 21, 2010

The 10 Most Gruesome Injuries of the 2010 NFL Season

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    PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 14:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs by Zach Follet #49 of the Detroit Lions during the preseason game on August 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Go ahead and admit it right now.  Don't you lie to me. You agree with me too. 

    When a player for the opposing team gets knocked out of a game due to injury, you rejoice. You know what I'm talking about. 

    I may be a little facetious here, but the truth is most of us are not affected by injuries. They're just too frequent now. 

    But then there are some injuries that some of us never want to see. Period. 

    Ladies and gentlemen, these are those types of injuries we've seen so far in the NFL this year.

1. Zach Follett

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    Speaking of admitting things, when I got an assignment to do this slideshow, I wasn't sure who Zach Follett was. 

    Then I watched the video. 

    I'll admit, as you first did, that it doesn't look all that bad. It seems like Follett is sent backwards. 

    But looking closer, you realize that this was one of the many helmet-to-helmet hits from this past weekend, although this one definitely did not appear intentional. 

    And while looking closer, you realize that Follett had his head snapped back brutally. 

    Needless to say, Follett didn't move for quite some time on the field. 

    But recent updates have him moving all his extremities with X-Rays coming back negative. So there is some good news coming out of this. 

    As for the rest though...

2. DeSean Jackson

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    Yet another injury from this last week (which could be dubbed helmet to helmet week), DeSean Jackson's injury is definitely heart stopping. 

    I realize that Dunta Robinson can't take all the blame. He was going in for the kill, as most football players are prone to do. 

    But that's as far as I can defend him. The video pretty much says it all.

    Robinson, thankfully, was fined $50,000 by the NFL. And ironically, he too was injured on the play. 

    Jackson, meanwhile, left with a concussion and is not playing this Sunday. 

3. Josh Cribbs

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    It's amazing how many of these injuries are from this past week. Add Josh Cribbs to the list. 

    After James Harrison hit Cribbs following a wildcat keeper, Cribbs remained motionless on the field.

    What may be even more amazing about this is that Harrison gets up and celebrates with the motionless Cribbs in the background, and Harrision had another helmet to helmet hit in the game. 

    No word on whether Cribbs will play Sunday, but he sat out Wednesday's practice with a concussion. 

4. Todd Heap

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    I figured I'd go ahead and get all of the ones from this week out of the way, while they're fresh on my mind. 

    This one, at first glance, definitely appears like the most brutal. 

    Let's be honest, it really looks like Brandon Meriweather is going for Heap's helmet, although it's difficult to tell from some angles. 

    Again, I don't know what was going through Meriweather's head, but it still looks bad. 

    Heap did miss practice on Wednesday with a neck injury. 

5. Jermichael Finley

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Tight end Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers leaves the game on a cart after injuring his knee against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won the game in ov
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    As you can tell there isn't video for this one, and while it may not have been in a gruesome way that he was injured, it definitely left the Packers hurting. 

    In the game against the Redskins, it seemed just like another pass reception for Finley, but rather he went down in a heap, and was eventually carted off the field. 

    Finley had an MRI on his hamstring, and he is done for the year. 

6. Matthew Stafford

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    You knew there had to be two Lions on this list right?

    Stafford's injury video, at first glance, isn't bad. It's almost like you want to say, "Yawn, another Julius Peppers sack."

    But if you watch the replay, and watch Stafford's body contort, your shoulder has to cringe. 

    This injury was definitely most devastating for the Lions, as Stafford has been sitting ever since this week one game, although he could be back by next week after the team's bye. 

7. Mark Clayton

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 03:  Mark Clayton #89 of the St. Louis Rams makes the catch as Kelly Jennings #21 of the Seattle Seahawks defends on October 3, 2010 at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Gett
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    Much like Finley's injury, Clayton's injury wasn't necessarily gruesome, but it hit the Rams hard. 

    At first, it appeared like Clayton just tripped, but if you watch the replay from a different angle, you see Clayton's leg just buckle under him. 

    Never mind what I said earlier. It was gruesome. 

    And, as I'm sure you've heard by now, Clayton is done for the year. 

8. Reggie Bush

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints leaves the field after being injured during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Ge
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    Another injury that was definitely gruesome to the team, Reggie Bush's leg injury isn't fun to watch

    Bush ended up breaking his fibula as a result of what happened. 

    He hasn't started working out with the team as of yet, but would like to return to the team's game in Week 8 if that is possible, although it doesn't look good. 

9. Eli Manning

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    This one turned out to be harmless, but it still looked gruesome nonetheless. 

    Giants fans will agree with me here; you all held your collective breath. 

    When Manning's helmet flew into the air, and then they showed Manning's face covered with blood, you were probably saying, "Great, Sage Rosenfels is coming in."

    It turned out to not be anything big, as Manning had some stitches on his face and that was that. 

10. Leonard Weaver

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    Yesh. That's all I have to say. 

    Well, that, and ouch. 

Bonus: Connor Barwin

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Defensive end Connor Barwin #98 of the Houston Texans goes down with an injury in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by
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    There's no video for this one, but then we need one?

    Boy, I'm glad I'm about to eat lunch...and by that I mean not.