- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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The two teams have suffered major injuries in this game, which is a shame. There's nothing more crushing to a team than losing a star player in a meaningless contest. Consider:
2013: Mark Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, a play that will live in infamy. It occurred in the fourth quarter, with Sanchez playing behind the backup offensive line. Rex Ryan made a mistake by inserting Sanchez, who didn't expect to play at that point, and it turned into a disaster. Ryan has remained steadfast in his belief that he didn't screw up, although he regrets his reaction -- i.e. standing sideways in his postgame news conference.
2010: Eli Manning suffered a 12-stitch gash on his head after getting hit by Calvin Pace and Jim Leonhard. He didn't miss any time, but the Jets enjoyed reliving the play. A photo of Manning's bloody head was used on the cover of their playbook when they played the Giants (and lost) near the end of the 2011 season.
2008: Giants defensieve end Osi Umenyiora tore cartilage in his knee and needed season-ending surgery.
2003: Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was tackled and landed awkwardly, dislocating his left wrist and breaking bones in his hand -- a gruesome injury that prompted the trainers to place a towel over his hand as he walked off the field. Pennington missed six games, essentially ruining the Jets' season.
1998: The Giants decided to try star cornerback Jason Sehorn on kickoffs. On the opening return, he was tackled by Chris Hayes and blew out his ACL, ending his season.