Tony Romo and 20 Most Team-Crushing Injuries In NFL This Year

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IOctober 28, 2010

Tony Romo and 20 Most Team-Crushing Injuries In NFL This Year

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field wearing an arm sling after a 41-35 loss against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Gett
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    Tony Romo and 20 Most Team-Crushing Injuries In NFL This Year: Who was the player, what was the team and where do they rank in the 2010 season’s injury-impact list?

    From Romo’s latest fall at Cowboys Stadium on Monday night to New Orleans losing Reggie Bush earlier this season, let’s begin breaking down the top 20 injuries in the NFL this year.

    Agree? Disagree?

    Is there someone I overlooked?

    Let me know below. Without further ado, here we go.

No. 20: Thomas Davis, LB, Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - 2009:  Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    When He Was Injured: Thomas Davis went down with a torn knee ligament in June 2010, his second such injury within a seven-month time frame.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Davis has yet to see a single second of action in 2010, but is hoping to return to the gridiron on November 14 at Tampa Bay.

    Injury Impact: For a Panthers team in dire need of help, Davis’ 2010 injury has had a fairly heavy impact on Carolina’s current season.

    Latest Status: Out (as of Oct. 25, 2010)

No. 19: Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:  Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    When He Was Injured: San Francisco’s Alex Smith was injured on Oct. 24, after a sack led to pain in the quarterback’s non-throwing shoulder.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Smith had an MRI when the team arrived in London for its Week 8 game with Denver. The 49ers opted to start Troy Smith on Sunday against the Broncos.

    Injury Impact: For a 49ers team with just one win on the 2010 season, it could be a whole lot worse.

No. 18: Atari Bigby, S, Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 27: Atari Bigby #20 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates one of his two interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on December 27, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Seahawks 48-10. (Photo by Jo
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    When He Was Injured: Atari Bigby was originally injured during the 2008 preseason. He opted to undergo ankle surgery in August 2010. 

    How Long He’s Been Out: Bigby has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since the 2010 NFL season kicked off and remains there today.

    Injury Impact: High, especially for a Green Bay team aching for any and all help possible.

No. 17: Aaron Smith, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 21: Aaron Smith #91 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a tackle against the New York Giants during their preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 21, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Im
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    When He Was Injured: Pittsburgh’s Aaron Smith went down with a major triceps injury on October 24, in a Steelers 23-22 win over Miami.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Although Smith has only officially been “out of action” for a few days, he will likely be out the rest of the season after opting for and undergoing surgery on Monday, Oct. 25.

    Injury Impact: Huge, especially for a Steelers team that is often regarded as the best team in the league by many analysts.

No. 16: Adam Jones, CB, Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Cornerback Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball after intercepting a pass against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Imag
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    When He Was Injured: Adam Jones went down with a neck injury late in the Bengals loss against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Although only officially out of action for a few days, Jones will soon make a major decision regarding doctors’ recommendations to undergo surgery.

    Injury Impact: Bengals are still in the hunt in 2010. Pacman was just starting to feel like a bona fide contributor again.

No. 15: Justin King, CB, St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - 2009:  Justin King of the St. Louis Rams poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    When He Was Injured: Justin King went down with a hamstring injury in Week 6 and did not play in Week 7.

    How Long He’s Been Out: King has not played since hurting his hamstring on Oct. 17.

    Injury Impact: Low, although, King’s absence in the coming weeks could end up having an impact on the Rams’ postseason hopes and dreams.

No. 14: Gerald Hayes, LB, Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Linebacker Gerald Hayes #54 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field after defeating the Green Bay Packers 51-45 in the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizo
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    When He Was Injured: Arizona’s Gerald Hayes was hurt before the 2010 NFL season even began. He is aiming to contribute upon coming off the physically-unable-to-perform list.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Hayes has not played a single snap this season.

    Injury Impact: Mediocre, although, Hayes’ possible return could have a major impact.

No. 13: Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas Cowboys

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tackle Eric Winston #73 of the Houston Texans locks up with defensive end Jason Hatcher #97 of the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Ima
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    When He Was Injured: Jason Hatcher suffered a groin injury in a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants Monday.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Hatcher has only officially been out for a couple days. His return date is up in the air, but the latest wire reports have the Dallas DE out for four to six weeks.

    Injury Impact: The Cowboys started out slow and have only sunk lower since that time

No. 12: Al Harris, CB, Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 22: Defensive back Al Harris #31 of the Green Bay Packers is taken off the field on a cart after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on November 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the 49e
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    When He Was Injured: Al Harris began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list after suffering a knee injury in late 2009.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Harris has not played in a single moment of live-game action in 2010, and is still in the process of working his way off the NFL’s PUP list.

    Injury Impact: The Packers could use reinforcements in the secondary right about now.

No. 11: Clinton Portis, RB, Washington Redskins

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    When He Was Injured: Washington’s Clinton Portis has been out of action since tearing a groin in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Portis has been injured since Week 4 of the 2010 season, but is aiming to return to the gridiron on Nov. 15 against the Eagles.

    Injury Impact: Bringing Portis back into the fold in a couple weeks could end up having an impact on the remainder of the NFL season.

No. 10: Jamar Williams, LB, Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 28: Wide receiver Damian Williams #17 of the Tennessee Titans drops the ball as Jamar Williams #53 of the Carolina Panthers drags him down during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Charlotte, North
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    When He Was Injured: Jamar Williams was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after suffering a neck injury against New Orleans on Sept. 26.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Williams has not played since the injury against the Saints and will be out the rest of the 2010 NFL season.

    Injury Impact: It's one of a myriad of keys to the Panthers having such an awful year.

No. 9: Clifton Ryan, DT, St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - 2009:  Clifton Ryan of the St. Louis Rams poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    When He Was Injured: Rams DT Clifton Ryan was placed on injured reserve due to migraines Wednesday.

    How Long He’s Been Out: A newly released injured reserve addition, Ryan has only been out for a matter of hours.

    Injury Impact: Rams must move on without DT Ryan for the remainder of the season.

No. 8: Vince Young, QB, Tennessee Titans

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans is helped from the field during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo
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    When He Was Injured: Vince Young suffered a knee injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars Oct. 18.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Young has only been out for 10 days and counting.

    Injury Impact: Depending on how bad the injury affects Young’s passing and running, this could be the lynch pin to a playoff run.

No. 7: DeAngelo Hall, CB, Washington Redskins

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins points to the end zone as teammate DeAngelo Hall #23 takes an interception in for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Reds
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    When He Was Injured: Although this could honestly mean nothing, Washington’s DeAngelo Hall is on the latest Redskins injury report with back issues.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Only a matter of hours.

    Injury Impact: If he is truly hurt, major impact. If only a minor injury, mediocre impact.

No. 6: DeMeco Ryans, LB, Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  DeMeco Ryans #59 of the Houston Texans is comforted by  Amobi Akoye #91 as he is carted off the field at Reliant Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    When He Was Injured: Ryans suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Houston’s thrilling win over Kansas City Oct. 17.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Although Ryans has only been off the field for 10 days, it has been announced that he will not return in 2010.

    Injury Impact: Major. He's a leader on a defense that already allows plenty of points. His absence will be missed most in red zone situations.

No. 5: DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles is helped off the field after being  laid out by Dunta Robinson #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylv
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    When He Was Injured: Eagles WR DeSean Jackson suffered a major concussion after a collision with Dunta Robinson Oct. 17.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Jackson has only currently been out of action for 10 days and counting.

    Injury Impact: Concussions are an inexact injury. If he's missing major time, that's going to hurt the Eagles to be without that weapon in a playoff run.

No. 4: Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings makes a reception against Randall Gay #20 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints w
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    When He Was Injured: Sidney Rice was officially moved to injured when the Vikings wide receiver opted for hip surgery in late August 2010. 

    How Long He’s Been Out: Since the season first began. Minnesota has said Rice would miss at least the first six weeks of the 2010 NFL season.

    Injury Impact: See-saw, especially for a team struggling to find its place in this league.

3. Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 20-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    When He Was Injured: Finley was hit hard in the Redskins loss in Week 5. It was later diagnosed as a torn miniscus (knee).

    How Long He’s Been Out: Finley is out for the season.

    Injury Impact: Devastating, considering that Rodgers was a sticky-handed security blanket for Aaron Rodgers. He still has plenty of weapons, but now Rodgers has to find that go-to escape valve when his offensive line breaks down.

No. 2: Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys lies on the field after a left shoulder injury in the second quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Mart
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    When He Was Injured: Romo went down with a season-ending injury after suffering a fractured left collarbone in Monday’s game against the New York Giants.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Romo has only officially been out for a few days, but he will likely miss eight-plus weeks with his latest injury.

    Injury Impact: The official nail in the coffin for the Cowboys' playoff hopes.

No. 1: Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans Saints

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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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    When He Was Injured: Bush was injured in an early 2010 season game against the San Francisco 49ers Sept. 20.

    How Long He’s Been Out: Bush has been out for six weeks and counting, but hopes to return soon.

    Injury Impact: Huge. Bush has been dearly missed during the running back’s time away from the team. The Saints have been a different offense without his versatility. He's reportedly ready to return just in time to salvage the Saints' current slide.

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