When the Indianapolis Colts were planning for the 2011 season back in February, March and April, they were counting on a healthy Peyton Manning to lead them to the Super Bowl, which is an event that they are hosting this year. Little did they know back then that Manning may not be available for the entire season.
Over the course of every NFL franchise, some seasons appear to be mostly injury-free, while others are besieged with one major injury after another. Injuries are part of the game, but football teams know that since injuries are such a large part of the game, they have to be able to absorb a hit and keep on playing with the next man going in.
We want to take a look today at the most devastating injuries to each NFL franchise. Some will be easier to determine than others, but the bottom line with what we are seeking is to identify an injury that really crippled the franchise at the time of the injury. If you are looking for gruesome injuries, there are plenty of those articles floating around, but that is not what this is about.