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10 NFL Studs Who Can’t Stay Healthy

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The only chance the Dallas Cowboys' defense had at being relevant rested on the shoulders of Sean Lee. Those hopes and dreams were shattered yesterday when Lee tore his ACL during OTAs. Lee has failed to play a full season during his 4-year NFL career, and IR looks likely for this upcoming season.

Lee, however is not the only NFL star to be plagued by injuries throughout his career. Here is a list of 10 NFL studs who cannot stay on the field.

10. Kevin Kolb

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10. Kevin Kolb

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Kolb does not classify as a “stud” per say. However, there can be an argument that the reason he has never reached an elite level is a result of his injuries. Since he was named starting QB for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, Kolb has not started more than nine games in a season. He has dealt with two concussions, a rib injury and the dreaded turf toe.

9. Jonathan Stewart

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9. Jonathan Stewart

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Since being drafted in 2008, Stewart has been splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams. Through the first four years of his career, Stewart was only sidelined for two games. As a result, he was destined to become the Carolina Panthers’ workhorse RB. However, Stewart has only appeared in 15 games over the past two seasons dealing with injuries, including a torn MCL.

8. Sam Bradford

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8. Sam Bradford

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Bradford has not been able to stay healthy for two of the past three seasons. Since going No. 1 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bradford’s injuries have been more of a story as opposed to his play on the field.

7. Troy Polamalu

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7. Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu Injury
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Every time he comes out for a play, Steelers fans hold their breath, assuming the worst. From 2009-12, Polamalu missed a total of 22 regular season games with a multitude of injuries. However, with a stellar career and two Super Bowl victories, it seems Polamalu is destined for the Hall of Fame.

6. Brian Cushing

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6. Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing Injury
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Cushing has all the tools to become one of the best LBs in the NFL. However, he has played a full season only twice throughout his five-year career. Having torn his ACL, as well as breaking his fibula during the past two seasons, respectively, Cushing has to prove he can stay on the field if he wants to be considered an elite player.

5. Wes Welker

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5. Wes Welker

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Welker has not missed as many games as other players on this list, but he seems to be on the injury report every week. While he is still a major contributor to the Denver Broncos, he has failed to play a full season in three of the past five years. His small frame is what likely enhances his chances of being injured each year.

4. Danny Amendola

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4. Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola Injury
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He has been referred to as a “poor man’s Wes Welker,” and that may be accurate in more ways than one. Amendola’s receiving skills seem to emulate Welker’s ability, as well as his reason for being on this list. Through five NFL seasons, Amendola has played a full season just once, and as a result, has not been able to sustain consistent play.

3. Darren McFadden

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3. Darren McFadden

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Because NFL RBs have a low lifespan; we may never see McFadden’s full potential. He has never played more than 13 games in a season during his six-year career, and at the age of 26, things are certainly not looking up.

2. Rob Gronkowski

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2. Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski Injury
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Gronkowski had little trouble staying on the field through his first two seasons in the NFL. However, after three forearm surgeries, along with a torn ACL and MCL, he has appeared in only 18 total regular season games during the past two seasons. There is no questioning his production, but there has yet to be an answer when asking if he will be ready for this upcoming season.

1. Michael Vick

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1. Michael Vick

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There always seems to be a sense of excitement when Vick is under center. However, that excitement has turned into disappointment and injuries throughout his career. From concussions to broken ribs, Vick has experienced many injuries that have kept him off the field. He has appeared in 16 games just once during his 11-year career, and that trend will not change during his upcoming tenure with the New York Jets.