The NFL’s most injury-prone players

TGC Injury Prone PlayersNFL Training Camps begin in just about two weeks and the 2013 season will culminate on February 2, 2014.  In the National Football League it’s not about how you’re ranked in the preseason, how you start out in weeks one or two, but rather how you finish.  A key component to staying on track to a successful playoff run is keeping your original roster intact. 

Nothing can finish “the best laid plans” of an NFL General Manager faster than a fractured fibula.  Major injuries can’t be easily be bandaged in today’s NFL.  You don’t replace a productive player with equal or greater value by going out and buying a replacement.  Even nagging injuries can take their toll on the consistency of a team’s offense or defense.  NFL coaches are looking for players they can count on and game plan around EARLY in the week.  Probable, Questionable, Doubtful don’t lead to a lot of confidence on Wednesdays of an NFL week. 

Fantasy Football fans are glued to the NFL injury report each and every week.  Perhaps this group understands the angst of injury as much as any coaching staff in the League.  But unless you closely follow the “active” or “inactive” lists of every team, you might have missed some of the more injury-prone players across the NFL. 

Chris Trapasso presents a list of the most injury-prone players in the NFL via his post with the BleacherReport.com.

This one cocks an eye-brow.

While some question the validity of the term injury-prone, there certainly is a collection of current NFL players who seem to get hurt every year.

A few have been able to play through the pain, while others have missed considerable time.

Here’s a list of those who’d be labeled as the NFL’s most injury-prone players.

Jonathan Stewart

TGC Jonathan StewartSince 2010, Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has suffered through a multitude of nagging injuries.

Despite an irritating Achilles tendon injury, he appeared in the first 32 games of his NFL career, but the Oregon product missed two games with a concussion in his third season.

In 2011, Stewart dodged the injury bug, yet in 2012, he tweaked his ankle and missed seven games.

For someone who possesses a unique blend of size (5’10”, 235 pounds) and speed (4.48 40-yard dash), it’s a shame what Stewart has dealt with on the injury front during his professional tenure.

Danny Amendola

TGC Danny AmendolaAfter latching on with the St. Louis Rams and exploding onto the NFL scene with 85 receptions in 2010, Danny Amendola hasn’t been able to stay healthy.

He suffered a significant elbow injury in Week 1 of the 2011 season and was placed on injured reserve, which ended his year.

A dislocated clavicle and a foot injury limited the shifty and feisty slot receiver to only eight games in 2012.

With Wes Welker gone, the New England Patriots are hoping Amendola’s done fighting through injuries.

Click here to see the entire list of injury-prone players. 

TGC Chris TrapassoI’ve been a proud Bleacher Report writer since the site’s early days in 2008.

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