Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre Paul are just a few of the defensive ends of the New York Giants.
However, if one goes down, who will be there to replace him?
Will it be Adrian Tracy? A second year player out of William & Mary, whose never stepped foot onto a football field.
Will it be Ayanga Okpokowuruk, a rookie defensive end who probably won't even make the team?
Or what about MathiasKiwanuka, who will most likely be playing some defensive end, some defensive tackle, some linebacker. But who knows if he's even healthy?
Last season, the NFL players union said the number of injuries increased during the 2010 season.
Based on data from NFL Weeks 1 through 16 from Football Outsiders, which compiles information from the publicly available weekly injury reports, according to the NFLPA, injuries increased from 3.2 to 3.7 per week per team and the share of players injured increased to 63 percent compared to a 2002-09 average of 59 percent.
13 percent of all injuries required players to be placed on injured reserve this season, compared to an average of 10 percent for 2002-09. The analysis is The NFL also compiles such data. Its numbers also show more players on IR than in recent years: 464 for the entire season, up from 388 the previous year, 416 in 2008 and 413 in 2007
Injuries are happening more often, and it certainly wouldn't hurt if the Giants had the ability to replace one superstar defensive end with another.