NFL Injury Report: 7 Players That We Wish Were Healthy

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent ISeptember 19, 2011

NFL Injury Report: 7 Players That We Wish Were Healthy

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    Injuries are all around in us in the world of sports.

    They can bring a team down from the highest of heights to a level that they have never seen before.

    In the National Football League, injuries occur in just about any way, shape or form.

    Here is a list of currently injured NFL players who we wish were healthy and ready to play.

QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

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    In one of the biggest stories of the young '11 NFL season, Peyton Manning had to miss his first game since coming into the league in 1998.

    Manning has been dealing with a neck injury that has already prompted two different surgeries for the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.

    The Colts need Manning to come back soon or else they are stuck with washed-up veteran QB Kerry Collins for the remainder of the season.

    The NFL needs one of its most popular players to come back and resume one of the greatest careers for a QB in league history.

S Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs

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    By all accounts, Chiefs safety Eric Berry was heading for NFL stardom in what would have been his second year in the league.

    Unfortunately, the former University of Tennessee star wasn't even able to complete one game this season.

    After a vicious block by Bills wideout Stevie Johnson, Berry suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the year.

    The Chiefs defense has lost its identity without the Pro Bowl safety, and the rest of the league will not get to see this rising star in action again until 2012.

WR Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

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    Saints wideout Marques Colston broke his collarbone in Week 1 against Green Bay.

    It has already been reported that Colston will likely miss at least four weeks with this injury.

    Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees needs Colston in his offense to help stretch the field against tougher defense that New Orleans will play this season.

    One of the most dynamic offenses will have to find other ways to be more dynamic for the next few weeks.

DT Nick Fairley, Detroit Lions

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    The highly regarded defensive tackle out of Auburn hasn't been able to prove his worth so far in 2011.

    Fairley has been sitting out with a foot injury, and he should be back in a few weeks.

    It's not like the Lions need him right now, but they could use another force in the middle of their defensive line.

    NFL fans around the league are also eager to see what Fairley has to offer in his rookie campaign.

RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Chiefs suffered another big blow to their team this week with the loss of Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles.

    Charles landed awkwardly after running out of bounds in the first half of the Chiefs' game against the Lions on Sunday.

    The end result was a torn ACL, and he will be out for the rest of the regular season.

    Without Charles, there is a gaping hole in KC's rushing offense.

WR Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks

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    One of the biggest free agent signings of this past offseason was Sidney Rice to the Seahawks.

    Unfortunately for Seattle, Rice has yet to play in either of the team's first two games because of a shoulder injury that has hampered him for awhile.

    It's essential for the Seahawks offense that Rice gets healthy soon, so that new QB Tarvaris Jackson will have another go-to receiver.

    The chances for Seattle to make the playoffs well continue to get smaller the more that Rice sits out this season.

WR Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders

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    Raiders WR Jacoby Ford is currently out with an apparent hamstring injury.

    He missed Oakland's game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after playing in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

    Ford is one of the most exciting second-year players in the league.

    His absence hurts the Raiders not only on offense, but special teams as well.