INJURY BUG Plagues the NFL

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What in the world happened on Sunday? I was feeling pretty down and out after watching the Chicago Bears not only lose to the Redskins 45-41, but also their leaders on both ends of the field. And then I watched the highlights from all over the league and I felt a sense of relief for the Bears injury report.

How could I possibly say the Bears “lucked out” when quarterback Jay Cutler is out for potentially 4-6 weeks (it could be longer) with a groin tear and Lance Briggs is out for 6 weeks with a fracture in his left shoulder?

Well, check out this other laundry list of injuries from last Sunday:

Sam Bradford: Torn ACL

  • He’s out for the year and the Rams are currently auditioning quarterbacks – yup it’s week 8.

Brian Cushing: Broken Leg and torn LCL

  • Texans fans were upset when runningback Arian Foster injured his hamstring after the first possession against Kansas City Sunday, little did they know it was going to get much worse.
  • Linebacker Brian Cushing was later carted off the field. This guy can’t catch a break, he tore his ACL in the same knee last October.

Reggie Wayne: Torn ACL

  • This may very well be the end of Mr. Wayne’s illustrious career as a wide receiver for the Colts.

Doug Martin: Torn Labrum (shoulder muscle)

  • This injury requires season ending surgery for the year 2 Tampa Bay running back.

Jermichael Finley: Out of Intensive Care

  • The Packers’ tight end suffered a serious neck injury when he took a blow to the head from Cleveland’s Gipson during the fourth quarter. He’s regained all movement, but football is the farthest thing from his mind.
  • His recovery process it TBD

And that is just the list of season ending injuries. This bad juju better be out of the NFL. I wish all these guys a smooth and healthy recovery.

*Check your fantasy teams friends, if yours is anything like mine you may not have any active players in your starting lineup!

Briggsy got his extension

Number 55 will be in a Bears uniform through the 2014 season. The Bears crossed another item off their offseason “to-do list” Wednesday when they agreed to a one-year extension for linebacker Lance Briggs.

“My dream is to retire a Bear,” Briggs said, “and now I know I will.”

The decision seemed far more painless than previous attempts for the seven-time Pro Bowler. His agent worked with GM Phil Emery during the NFL scouting combine in February and once the Bears addressed their offseason priorities, Briggs extension was worked out.

“It is by far the least amount of time that I’ve had talking with the Bears on a contract. I’m just very appreciative right now that the work has been recognized and it got handled as fast as it did,” said Briggs.

Easy as pie.

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Despite the disappointing outcome this season, five Chicago Bears will be making their way to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu. I guess it wasn’t all bad; we’ll go with “bittersweet.”

After many impressive seasons with the Bears, veteran cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has been voted to his first Pro Bowl. Middle linebacker Brain Urlacher, outside linebacker Lance Briggs, running back Matt Forte, and special teams rock-star Corey Graham will also represent the Bears this year. This is the largest group of players the Bears have sent to a Pro Bowl since 2006 (when they made their run to the Superbowl).

This will be Urlacher’s eighth visit to the Pro Bowl, tying Dick Butkus, Doug Atkins and Bill George for the third most visits in franchise history behind only Mike Singletary and Walter Payton (all of which are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame). Soon enough we may see a bronze bust of Urlacher (and that large thick neck of his) forever enshrined in Canton. Briggs will be attending his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl, leading the team with 140 tackles. Along with Tillman, Forte and Graham are Pro Bowl newbies. Defensive end Julius Peppers and return specialist Devin Hester were selected as first alternates.

I’d like to state the obvious now. There’s a whole lot of defense listed above, some talented special teams, and although Matt Forte (pre-knee injury) was killing it racking up the rushing yards, it would be nice to see some more offensive players selected. Hey Mr. Angelo take a hint…Let’s get us a real wide receiver huh?!

Enough ranting. Congrats to all of the Pro Bowlers from the Bears. I would have rather seen another playoff run, a Packer defeat in the NFC Championship and a Super Bowl win. Wishful thinking – beggars can’t be choosers.

I want to send a shout-out to Vince Wilfork, one of the eight Patriots going to the Pro Bowl and my favorite teddy bear in the AFC. Hopefully we’ll get to see another interception like this 🙂