More so than in any of the other professional sports, injuries are a way of life in the National Football League. So it's no huge surprise that aches and pains have made the biggest headlines thus far in 2011.
The league has already lost several of its biggest stars and we're not even all the way through Week 1's slate of games. If this first week of pigskin contests—not to mention the preseason—is any indication, backups across the NFL should stay loose and limber because it's only a matter of time before they see the grassy midway.
The Indianapolis Colts' season seems like it's already on life support thanks to the three neck surgeries endured by all-world quarterback Peyton Manning. The Houston Texans made that abundantly clear while walloping Indy 34-7 despite the absence of its own primary weapon, running back Arian Foster, who missed the opener with a sore hammy.
And those guys were out of commission before the first coin toss on Sunday.
Once the hostilities started, other teams saw key components drop like flies. The St. Louis Rams lost what felt like their entire starting offense, the Carolina Panthers saw the oft-injured Jon Beason come up lame and the Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback situation got a bit more interesting when rookie Andy Dalton left his NFL debut.
But those were the only competitors bitten by the injury bugaboo, read on for a team-by-team update of all the bumps and bruises slowing down the NFL.