Perhaps it’s no worse than any other division, but the injury situation in the NFC North is beginning to add up and make an impact quickly in the 2010 regular season. We are barely 1 week into things and already 3 of the 4 teams in the division have lost at least 1 starter for an extended period of time due to injury.
It began with the Vikings prior to the season, as they are missing starting WR Sidney Rice and a pair of CBs in Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin. Then this past weekend, other NFC North teams lost starters.
Jay Glazer is reporting that Green Bay Packers starting RB Ryan Grant will be placed on IR, ending his season after just 1 game. In Detroit, the Lions are unsure how long starting QB Matthew Stafford will be out with a shoulder injury, but reports indicate it could be as long as 6 weeks before he’s back under center. Fortunately for the Chicago Bears, they have not lost any starters to injury. [UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports that Bears starting LB Hunter Hillenmeyer is out for the season (illness).]
Although the Vikings are competing against the other 3 teams in the NFC North on a weekly basis, you hate to see players suffer injuries and you especially hate to see them miss extended periods of time because of those injuries. Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game and all teams are in the same boat in that they must be dealt with on a weekly basis.
Tags: Cedric Griffin, Chris Cook, Sidney Rice
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