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Monday, November 23, 2009
AFC North 2009 All-Injury Team

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Injuries can make or break a team's season.

So far the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens have all had their share of players to go down. With that in mind, RJ from Virginia Beach suggests that I list my 2009 All-Injury Team in the AFC North.

Keep in mind some injuries vary and were/are more serious than others.

All-Injury Offense

Quarterbacks: Ben Roethlisberger, head, Steelers; Carson Palmer, left thumb, Bengals

Running backs: Cedric Benson, hip, Bengals, Lawrence Vickers, shoulder, Browns

Receivers: Chris Henry, arm, Bengals; Second receiver TBD

Tight Ends: Todd Heap, chest, Ravens; Steve Heiden, knee and ankle, Browns

Offensive line: Jared Gaither, neck, Ravens; Andre Smith, foot, Bengals; Evan Mathis, ankle, Bengals, Rex Hadnot, knee, Browns; Justin Hartwig,toe, Steelers

All-Injury Defense

Defensive line: Aaron Smith, shoulder, Steelers; Antwan Odom, Achilles, Bengals, Haloti Ngata, ankle, Ravens

Linebackers: Terrell Suggs, knee, Ravens; Eric Barton, neck, Browns; D'Qwell Jackson, biceps, Browns; Lawrence Timmons, ankles, Steelers

Cornerbacks: Johnathan Joseph, foot, Bengals; Eric Wright, shoulder, Browns

Safeties: Roy Williams, arm, Bengals; Troy Polamalu, knee, Steelers

Special Teams

Kicker: Phil Dawson, calf, Browns

Punter: Dave Zastudil, knee, Browns

Returner: Josh Cribbs, neck, Browns