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Sam Bradford And 10 NFL Stars Who Can’t Stay Healthy

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Sam Bradford And 10 NFL Stars Who Can't Stay Healthy

Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams
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St. Louis Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the entire 2014 season. This is not the first major injury for Bradford, who now joins a list of NFL standouts who can’t stay on the field. Here are the 10 players he is joining in that undesirable category.

10. Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
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10. Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
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Since breaking out as a sophomore pro in 2011, Gronkowski has struggled mightily to stain on the field. Arm, ACL, MCL, you name it—Gronk has hurt it. He is without a doubt one of the most dangerous players in the league, but injury risk is inherent with his contact-first, questions-later playing style.

9. Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
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9. Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
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In 10 seasons as a starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Roethlisberger has logged only two full 16-game regular seasons. He’s missed five games over the past two seasons alone. Not coincidentally, the Steelers have finished 8-8 in both 2012 and 2013, missing the playoffs on each occasion.

8. Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola New England Patriots
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8. Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola New England Patriots
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Thought to be Wes Welker’s replacement when he joined the New England Patriots last year, Amendola brought with him his injury-prone reputation that he gained in four seasons in St. Louis. On opening day, he suffered a non-contact groin injury. All told, he missed a quarter of the regular season.

7. Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib Denver Broncos
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7. Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib Denver Broncos
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Hip and hamstring injuries, in addition to games missed due to league punishment, have prevented Talib from playing all 16 games of a regular season. Evidently, the Patriots were fed up with Talib’s injury history and were content with letting him join the Denver Broncos this offseason.

6. Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden Oakland Raiders
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6. Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden Oakland Raiders
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Since being drafted fourth overall back in 2008, McFadden has missed a jaw-dropping 29 regular season games. And when he has been on the field, the time missed due to injury has hindered McFadden’s play as a whole. When fully healthy, and in the swing of things, McFadden is still a top-tier ball carrier.

5. Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers
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5. Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers
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A sprained MCL in 2009 that was reinjured several times over the course of the season and a torn right calf in the 2012 preseason, along with a few other scratches over the years, have held Polamalu out for a combined 24 games. He is fast approaching the halfway mark of his 30. Another significant injury may spell the end of his illustrious career.

4. Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin Seattle Seahawks
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4. Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin Seattle Seahawks
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After making a name for himself in his first three NFL seasons, Harvin has been a rare sighting on an NFL field. He’s played in only 10 total regular season games over the past two seasons, although he was able to suit up for Super Bowl XLVIII and be a main contributor for the Seattle Seahawks. Not surprisingly, Harvin is currently questionable for the 2014 opener with an ankle issue.

3. Michael Vick

Michael Vick New York Jets
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3. Michael Vick

Michael Vick New York Jets
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Vick’s tendency to ditch a passing play in the pocket and run has often left him a very battered quarterback. Despite having posted 109 career starts since entering the league in 2001, Vick still hasn’t learned how to protect himself sufficiently. He’s only played one full season.

2. Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins
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2. Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins
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Like Vick, Griffin needs to learn how to slide better. He even admits so himself. A promising rookie year has since been overshadowed by an ACL tear that Griffin didn’t give enough time to heal. You can bet your mortgage that Griffin won’t play all 16 games this regular season.

1. Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers
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1. Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers
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Believe it or not, Mathews managed to break both his right and left clavicle in the 2012 season, among seemingly countless other scrapes in his young career. 2013 was the first season that Mathews didn’t miss any time due to injury. Don’t expect that to happen many more times in Mathew’s NFL lifetime.