(Tony Romo photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)
(Jamaal Charles photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)
Talk of Fame Network
The NFL lives by the credo, “Next Man Up.”
Football is a violent game, and players get hurt. But some are more difficult to replace than others -- and there have been a handful of devastating injuries already this season.
You just don’t replace a Tony Romo, as the Cowboys are finding out. He won his first NFL passing title in 2014 for the NFC East-champion Cowboys. Romo had the Cowboys off to a 2-0 start this season before suffering a broken collarbone in the second half of the second game against Philadelphia. The Cowboys haven’t won since, losing four in a row to tumble to the bottom of the division.
Romo’s favorite target is Dez Bryant, who led the NFL with 16 touchdown receptions last season. But he’s been gone since the season opener with a broken foot. Little wonder the Cowboys now rank 20th in passing. Romo and Bryant are both expected back in November.
They head the list of high-profile Pro Bowl players currently sidelined. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles, Houston running back Arian Foster, Baltimore pass rusher Terrell Suggs and Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul have all missed time, and it’s impacting their teams.
Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury in the third week of the season and missed the last four games. The Steelers have gone 2-2 in his absence and find themselves trailing the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North with a 4-3 record. Roethlisberger is set to return this weekend when the Steelers play those Bengals.
Charles, who won AFC rushing titles in 2012 and2013, tore up a knee in the fifth game of the season. He missed Kansas City’s last two games and will be gone for the season. The Chiefs are now 2-5, and their playoff hopes are on life support. Foster suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury last weekend.
Pierre-Paul blew off his thumb in an offseason firecracker incident and has not played yet this season for the Giants. He had 12 ½ sacks a year ago and was franchised by the Giants this offseason. He finally signed his tender this week and reported to the Giants to continue rehabilitation of his hand. There is no timetable for his return.
So which injury has been the most devastating this season? Vote now: