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