NFL Power Rankings: Teams That Will Suffer Most with Injuries

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIDecember 5, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Donald Butler #56 of the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-20.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As it has been seen this season with the injury to the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, one player being out can completely ruin an entire team's season. Once they start losing more players, things obviously get worse.

The following teams lost their starters this week, and it will greatly impact their team for the rest of the season.


Chicago Bears, Running Back Matt Forte

The Bears loss their star running back Matt Forte this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. With quarterback Jay Cutler already down, this injury will put the Bears in an even worse position for the upcoming weeks. Forte is likely out for quite some time, and that is bad news for him and the Bears. 

Forte was looking for a new contract after this year, and he was having a MVP-caliber season. Now he will be forced to watch from the sidelines, as the Bears will likely slip out of playoff contention.


Houston Texans, Wide Receiver Andre Johnson

The Texans had already lost quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart, but now they may have lost wide receiver Andre Johnson for a second time. This could be a huge loss for the Texans as they are fighting to stay atop the AFC South and take a shot at a playoff victory.

The Texans are in great shape with their roster for next year, but this season is looking to be a lost cause. If Johnson is out, the Texans may have have lost any chance at winning as they are down to their third-string quarterback.

Arian Foster and Ben Tate are still healthy, but there is no way this team will be able to survive solely on the running game.


San Francisco 49ers, Linebacker Patrick Willis

The 49ers potentially lost their All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis for some time today when he injured his hamstring against the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers are in good shape as they claimed the NFC West with their victory today, but the loss of Willis could be bad in the end.

It hasn't been clear how bad the injury is, but as we have seen with the Texans' wide receiver Johnson, hamstring injuries can sideline a player for quite some time.

Willis can use the rest, and the 49ers have nothing to lose as the Green Bay Packers don't look to be losing home field advantage. If Willis can't return, it will be a huge hit to this 49ers team, but nothing so detrimental that they will fall apart.


32. Indianapolis Colts  16. Seattle Seahawks
31. Jacksonville Jaguars 15. New York Giants
30. Minnesota Vikings 14. Chicago Bears
29. St. Louis Rams 13. Tennessee Titans
28. Miami Dolphins 12. Detroit Lions
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11. Dallas Cowboys
26. Cleveland Browns 10.  Cincinnati Bengals
25. Washington Redskins 9. New York Jets
24. Philadelphia Eagles 8. Houston Texans
23. Arizona Cardinals 7. Denver Broncos
22. Carolina Panthers 6. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. San Diego Chargers 5. New England Patriots
20. Buffalo Bills 4. New Orleans Saints
19. Kansas City Chiefs 3. Baltimore Ravens
18. Oakland Raiders 2. San Francisco 49ers
17. Atlanta Falcons 1. Green Bay Packers