NFL: The One Injury That Could Ruin Every Franchise's 2011 Season

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NFL: The One Injury That Could Ruin Every Franchise's 2011 Season
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Every year, there are one or two teams in the National Football League that are seemingly derailed by one key injury.  That one player was so important to the team, for one reason or another, that the team was not able to overcome the loss.

The obvious season-killing injuries are to quarterbacks.  They are undoubtedly a football team's most important position, and losing an established starter for the season is likely to nix any hopes of the playoffs or a championship.

Who are these indispensable players for teams today, though?  I took a look at every franchise and determined which player the team could not afford to lose.  As I pointed out, it would be easy to just say the quarterback, so I excluded the signal callers from my analysis.

If you have thoughts or arguments, I’d love to hear them either in the comments or on Twitter (@JakeBRB).  Enjoy.

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