One of the realities of life in the NFL is injury. It can happen to any player for any reason, and there never seems to be any sense to it.
Recovery times vary widely depending on what was hurt and how badly, but an injury to any player has the potential to impact the entire team. This is particularly the case when players in key positions must spend time on the sidelines while subpar backups take the field in their place.
At this point in the season, there are many such players on most teams. Some of them are out for the season and have been placed on injured reserve, but others remain on the roster to be evaluated on a week-to-week basis to see if they can play.
It is the latter type of player that we will look at in the 13 slides of this article. These are players who are keys to the success of their teams and who still have the opportunity to return for the 2011 season.
These guys are certainly all holding "Get Well Soon" cards as fans hope and wait for their returns.