I love this time of year. Optimism is at an all time high for NFL fans. Far removed are the losses, poor performances, bonehead plays (Dre gon be Dre anyone?)...as well as the team is generally near 100% healthy too. A full roster of past performers and future stars.
We can't help but think of the potential roster, depth chart, and how it matches up with our opponents...what we expect out of our key players and how that will translate into our eventual success.
But while projecting some thoughts on weeks 12 and 17 (the Cardinals games) I had to stop and think of something. Those games will be deep in the season. A time when players are not only accumulating nicks and bruises that can wear them down, reduce their playing time, etc...but a time when the team has generally had to place at least a few guys on Injured Reserve due to season-ending injuries.
So I think it's important to keep this in mind, and I wanted to take it a step further. We often consider our depth as this nice warm cozy blanket that's at the foot of the bed in case we need it, but we hope summer never leaves and that it is always warm.
Now if you're superstitious and think that discussing future injuries somehow "jinxes" the team or it's players, I suggest you hit "Back" and exit this thread.
What guys could you see getting injured in 2010 that would mean they missed at least one full game and why could you see that particular player / those particular players being the one(s)?
Which injuries to a player(s) would be the most devastating and what course of action would you take given the choice?
I'm not sure one can even predict injuries unless you have a guy that goes through chronic injuries to the same body part each year, say, an ankle...a'hem. But I thought it important to discuss how that would change things...a game, the season...and how to either be prepared for it, or plug the gap if/when it happens.