The Biggest Injury Loss for Every NFL Team This Season

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 2, 2012

The Biggest Injury Loss for Every NFL Team This Season

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    The game of football is violent—there's no question about that. In fact, it's almost impossible to go throughout an entire 16-week NFL season without a team suffering an injury to an integral player. 

    Injuries are apart of football and professional sports for that matter. 

    In that spirit, here is each team's biggest player lost to injury from the 2011 NFL season. 

Buffalo Bills: Fred Jackson

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    There's no question about this one—Fred Jackson was a possible candidate for the NFL's MVP award this season prior to fracturing his fibula in late November. 

    Jackson played in 10 games this season for the Buffalo Bills as he accumulated 934 rushing yards while averaging 5.4 yards per carry and scoring six touchdowns.

    After Jackson's injury, the Bills went onto lose five of their last six games. 

Miami Dolphins: Chad Henne

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    Chad Henne has yet to play a full NFL season throughout his career as he separated his left shoulder in early October. 

    Henne may not have been the greatest quarterback, as he posted a mediocre 79.0 quarterback rating. However, Henne's injury opened up the door to the major success of Matt Moore, who finished 2011 with a near-90.0 quarterback rating. 

New England Patriots: Andre Carter

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    The New England Patriots haven't had a legitimate pass rusher since the days of Mike Vrabel, but in 2011 Andre Carter came on strong in his first year as a Patriot as he tallied up 10 sacks in his first 14 games. 

    However in his 14th game against the Denver Broncos, Carter suffered a season-ending left quadriceps injury and was placed on injured reserve on December 20. 

New York Jets: Jim Leonhard

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    The New York Jets actually didn't suffer too many season-ending injuries in 2011 but Jim Leonhard was the biggest name that they lost.

    Leonhard played in 13 games this season for the Jets before tearing his patellar tendon as he tallied 48 tackles and one interception. 

Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis

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    Ray Lewis missed four games this season with a toe injury—however he still managed to record nearly 90 tackles as well as two sacks and one interception.

    2011 was still a productive season for the 36-year-old linebacker. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Shipley

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    Jordan Shipley tore his ACL early in the season as he managed to play in only two games this season for the Cincinnati Bengals.

    The second-year wide receiver had a real shot to come on strong this season with quarterback Andy Dalton, but finished 2011 with only four receptions for 14 yards. 

Cleveland Browns: Peyton Hillis

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    Peyton Hillis has dealt with several injuries this season, including ones to his hip, hamstring and elbow.

    Hillis played in only 10 games this season for the Cleveland Browns, averaging a pitiful 3.7 yards per carry. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall

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    This injury report is still developing, but Rashard Mendenhall left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns after injuring his right knee. 

    There have been no further reports on the severity of the injury. 

Houston Texans: Matt Schaub

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    With Matt Schaub, the Houston Texans were one of the top offenses in the NFL—even without wide receiver Andre Johnson.

    However, Schaub suffered an injury to his lisfranc ligament as he played in only 10 games this season. He posted an impressive 96.8 quarterback rating while throwing 15 touchdown passes. 

Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning

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    Well, this is a difficult one.

    I don't know—Peyton Manning?

    I mean, the Colts posted a pitiful 2-14 record this season without Manning at quarterback. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: David Garrard

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    Believe it or not, I actually believe that David Garrard was the biggest loss due to injury this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Garrard may be a free agent right now, as he was cut by the Jags after reportedly needing back surgery, but if he was healthy then he would have played a whole lot better than rookie Blaine Gabbert, who struggled tremendously this season as a rookie starter. 

Tennessee Titans: Kenny Britt

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    Kenny Britt tore it up in 2011 prior to literally tearing his ACL and MCL in the team's third game of the season.

    Britt caught 17 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns this season for the Tennessee Titans. 

Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno

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    Knowshon Moreno tore his ACL at the worst possible time, as the Denver Broncos just named Tim Tebow the starting quarterback, meaning that would be shifting to a run-heavy offensive attack.

    Moreno and the Broncos would have benefited tremendously if he was able to stay healthy and play alongside Tebow. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Jamaal Charles

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    The second Jamaal Charles tore his ACL, it was like the Kansas City Chiefs season went down the tubes.

    Charles averaged a whopping 6.9 yards per carry prior to going down for the season and could have been a huge impact in the NFL's 12th-best rushing attack. 

Oakland Raiders: Jason Campbell

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    You may argue that the Oakland Raiders would have been better off with Jason Campbell rather than Carson Palmer.

    Prior to breaking his collarbone, Campbell posted an 84.2 quarterback rating while throwing six touchdowns compared to four interceptions. 

San Diego Chargers: Their Entire Offensive Line

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    The San Diego Chargers offensive line was really bitten hard by the injury bug this season as it suffered many injuries, such as losing Kris Dielman, Scott Mruczkowski and Marcus McNeill for the entire season.

Dallas Cowboys: DeMarco Murray

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    DeMarco Murray was well on his way on having one hell of a rookie season with the Dallas Cowboys before he fractured his right ankle and was placed on injured reserve on December 13. 

    Murray played in only 13 games this season but managed to accumulate 897 yards while averaging 5.5 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns. 

New York Giants: Prince Amukamara

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    Prince Amukamara missed a solid chunk of time in 2011 as he broke his left foot the day that he agreed to a contract with the New York Giants.

    However the rookie out of Nebraska has played in seven games since then and has recorded one interception.

Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick

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    Michael Vick missed three games this season with the Philadelphia Eagles in one of the most disappointing seasons in NFL history.

    In those three games that Vick missed, the Eagles lost two of them with Vince Young at quarterback as he threw a pitiful nine interceptions. 

Washington Redskins: Chris Cooley

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    When Chris Cooley, one of the Washington Redskins' few offensive weapons, was placed on injured reserve on October 25 with a broken finger and a knee injury, the 'Skins lost a legitimate offensive threat.

    Cooley played in five games this season as he reeled in only eight passes for 65 yards and no touchdowns. 

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler

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    This one could have been Jay Cutler or Matt Forte—but Cutler is the team's starting quarterback and the two backups behind him, Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown, are pathetic. 

    Prior to breaking his right thumb, Cutler played in 10 games this season, throwing 13 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. 

Detroit Lions: Jahvid Best

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    Jahvid Best was having a pretty productive season with the Detroit Lions this season as he averaging a whopping 4.6 yards per carry while scoring a combined three touchdowns this season.

    Best was placed on injured reserve in late November after suffering a concussion, and Detroit's running game has suffered ever since. 

Green Bay Packers: Nick Collins

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    Nick Collins was an integral part to the Green Bay Packers defense and ever since he was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury, the team's defense has suffered ever since as it currently ranks 31st. 

    However, Collins' injury certainly hasn't affected the Packers' success that dramatically, as they enter the 2011 playoffs with an incredible 15-1 record. 

Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson

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    Adrian Peterson's injury happened late in the season, but it will certainly affect him and the Minnesota Vikings dramatically next season.

    A.P. tore both his ACL and his MCL, and usually these type of injuries could take up to a year until the player is able to return to the field. 

Atlanta Falcons: Kelvin Hayden

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    The Atlanta Falcons haven't really had too many injuries this season but their biggest one was probably Kelvin Hayden.

    Hayden was the team's starting cornerback at the time as he dislocated his toe but luckily, he was just filling in for Brent Grimes, who happened to return a week later. 

Carolina Panthers: Jon Beason

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    Jon Beason played only a few quarters this season for the Carolina Panthers before he tore his left Achilles in the very first game of the season. 

    Beason is one of the best linebackers in the NFL today, and the Panthers certainly could have used his services this season. 

New Orleans Saints: Marques Colston

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    The New Orleans Saints haven't really had too many dramatic injuries this season but Marques Colston is by far the biggest.

    Colston, the team's top wide receiver, broke his collarbone earlier this season and missed a total of two games. 

    Since then, Colston has recorded 73 receptions for a whopping 998 yards and six touchdowns. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy

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    Gerald McCoy was the third overall pick a year ago and showed a lot of potential and promise entering this season but unfortunately suffered a torn left biceps and was placed on injured reserve on November 7. 

    Overall, McCoy probably could not have helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season as they finished the season riding a putrid 10-game losing streak. 

Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb

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    Kevin Kolb never really was able to get into a rhythm this season with the Arizona Cardinals as he suffered a concussion earlier this season. 

    Kolb played in only nine games this season as he threw eight interceptions compared to nine touchdowns. 

San Francisco 49ers: Josh Morgan

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    The San Francisco 49ers didn't really have to deal with too many injuries this season—just a few minor ones here and there.

    However the loss to Josh Morgan is a pretty big deal as he's a solid wide receiver. 

    Prior to breaking his leg, Morgan reeled in 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in five games this season. 

Seattle Seahawks: Sidney Rice

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    Sidney Rice could have really made an impact with the Seattle Seahawks this season but suffered a serious concussion in late November and placed on injured reserve.

    Rice played in only nine games this season as he recorded 32 receptions for 484 yards and two touchdowns. 

St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford

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    Sam Bradford really suffered from the sophomore slump this season as he played in only 10 games this season after suffering an ankle injury.

    Bradford threw only six touchdowns and six interceptions this season while completing only 53.5 percent of his passes in 2011.