Michael Vick Injury and the 10 Most Devastating NFL Injuries of 2010 Season

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIOctober 4, 2010

Michael Vick Injury & The Top Ten Most Devastating NFL Injuries Of 2010 Season

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks toward fans chanting his name before taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/G
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    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered a rib injury today while being sandwiched by two Washington Redskins defenders. He left the game late in the first quarter, and did not return. 

    Without him behind center, the Eagles offense struggled and lost to the Washington Redskins 17-12.

    Clearly, this is a significant injury, but where does it rank amongst the most devastating injuries of 2010?

    Let's find out!

10 B. Ed Reed

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed underwent hip surgery during the offseason, and was placed on the Physically Unable to Play (PUP) list.

    As a result, the Baltimore Ravens knew that he would be out for at least the first six weeks of the season, which would project his return for Week 7.

    Reed is one of the most dangerous defensive players in the league, and even though the Ravens defense hasn't missed a beat without him, I'm sure they would like him back. 

10 A. Reggie Bush

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints leaves the field after being injured during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Ge
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    New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush suffered a fractured fibula during their Week 2 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

    Bush is expected to miss four to six weeks, which would project his return at Week 8.

    Bush is one of the most electrifying players in the NFL, and without him, the Saints lose versatility and a major mismatch. 

9. Ty Warren

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 17:  Ty Warren #94 of the New England Patriots celebrates during the NFL game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 17, 2005 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bucs 28-0. (Photo by Al Bello/
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    New England Patriots defensive end Ty Warren underwent hip surgery in August and it forced the team to place him on the injured reserve list, thus ending his season. 

    Warren is a prototypical five-technique and is an integral key to the Patriots defense. Without him, the entire unit struggles and it's a major reason they rank 23rd in rushing yards allowed. 

8. Kris Jenkins

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27: Kris Jenkins #77 of the New York Jets in action against the Washington Redskins  during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Imag
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    New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins suffered a torn ACL, which forced the team to place him on the injured reserve list, thus ending his season.

    Note, this is the same injury that ended his season last year. Due to the extensive rehab, he said that if another injury of this caliber would have him contemplating retirement. 

    In a 3-4 defensive scheme, the nose tackle is arguably the most important position which makes Jenkins' loss even more significant.

7. Darren Sharper

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints is interviewed after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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    New Orleans Saints free safety Darren Sharper underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee during the offseason, which forced the team to place him on the PUP list.

    Therefore, he will miss at least the first six weeks of the season and his projected return is Week 7.

    Defense wins championships, and Sharper was a huge part of the Saints Super Bowl run last season.

    He was the ace of big plays, and defensive coordinator Greg Williams' aggressive style of defense simply isn't as effective without him.

6. Matthew Stafford

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    DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 02:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on September 2, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a right shoulder injury, and no timeline has been reported regarding his return.

    Replacing him has been the inconsistent Shaun Hill, who, despite throwing for a massive amount of yards, has made poor decisions and thrown seven interceptions.

    Had Stafford been starting, I firmly believe that the Lions wouldn't have been winless. 

    On the bright side, hopefully this teaches the Lions organization that they need to draft a left tackle and improve the pass protection for their prized possession. 

5. Ryan Grant

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers rushes after a catch during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    The Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant suffered an ankle injury that forced the team to place him on the injury reserve list, thus ending his season.

    Grant provided the perfect complement to the Packers aerial attack, and without him, they've struggled to a certain degree as they lost to the Chicago Bears and barely beat out the lowly Detroit Lions.

    This injury may end up being the deciding factor between being a legitimate Super Bowl contender or not. 

4. Elvis Dumervil

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles is pressured by Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos on December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Broncos 30-27.  (Phot
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    Denver Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral message, and the team was forced to place him on injured reserve, thus ending his season. 

    As I've explained on numerous occasions, generating an effective pass rush is an integral key to success.

    However, without the league's reigning sack leader (17), that's a bit tough to accomplish. 

3. Bob Sanders

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    Indianapolis Colts defensive back Bob Sanders celebrates a victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in Wild Card Playoff action on January 6, 2007 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sanders had an interception and the Colts won 23 - 8.  (Photo by Al
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    Indianapolis Colts strong safety Bob Sanders suffered a torn biceps tendon and is out indefinitely. 

    Sanders has been the mark of injury prone, and has missed nearly half of his career games. This is merely his latest episode.

    Sanders was the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year Award recipient, and has an immeasurable impact on the Colts defense, especially stuffing the run. 

2. Michael Vick

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks toward fans chanting his name before taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/G
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    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered a rib injury, yet the severity is undetermined. X-rays were taken but have reportedly come back negative. An MRI will be taken on Monday.

    Vick has been spectacular this season, and is widely considered an early MVP candidate.

    Anytime a team loses a player of that caliber, it's undoubtedly a huge blow.

    Hopefully, the injury isn't too serious and he can't return to the field as soon as possible. 

1. Sidney Rice

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    MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before playing against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Ge
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    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice underwent hip surgery, and the team was forced to place him on the PUP list. This injury is expected to take at least two months to fully recover, which projects his return to be after Week 8. 

    No loss has been more felt than Rice's, as the Vikings offense has simply plummeted. Brett Favre has struggled to say the least, particularly because he doesn't have a consistent receiver to throw to. 

    As a result, the Vikings have started 1-2 and dropped to third in the NFC North. At this rate, they won't even make the playoffs, let alone be a Super Bowl contender.