The NFL has seen its fair share of costly injuries to incredibly important players during the 2013 season. Reggie Wayne, Aaron Rodgers, Julio Jones and Vince Wilfork are just a few players that either have missed a lot of time or are done for the year. With that being said, whose injury is the most significant to their team of all of the players that have gone down?
There is no question the Indianapolis Colts’ offense has not been the same without Wayne. However, the Colts still have a three-game lead in the AFC South, which means it’s not as significant as some people would believe. Same thing goes for the New England Patriots without Wilfork. He’s definitely a big loss on the defensive line, but the Patriots have carried on without him.
The Atlanta Falcons can make the case that the offense went downhill quickly without the presence of Jones. The wide receiver was a huge part of what the offense was able to do on a consistent basis. However, Atlanta has had so many struggles throughout the roster this season that I’m convinced Jones’ presence alone wouldn’t have been enough to save the overall dismal performance this year.
Rodgers, who is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL, fractured his collarbone on the first series against the Chicago Bears in Week 9. At the time, Green Bay was 5-2 with a solid lead in the NFC North division. Not to mention, the Packers were on a four-game winning streak in which they were pummeling opponents. Since Rodgers went down, Green Bay is 0-4-1 and will have to win their four remaining games in order to have a shot at a playoff berth.
Rodgers’ injury is without a doubt the most significant of any player this season. The Packers were coasting to a third consecutive division title prior to his absence. It just goes to show how valuable Rodgers truly is and that he’s worth every penny of the most expensive contract in NFL history.